Year 9 - Summer

Year 9 Curriculum overview - Summer term


Year 9 will be exploring the life of Shakespeare during the Summer term as an introduction to studying a whole play. There will be a reading and writing assessment with plenty of opportunity to get into character.


In maths we will continue to develop the core skills of number- covering place value, counting, ordering, arithmetic and times tables. Problem solving skills are developed.

Money – counting, finding amounts, giving change and developing financial awareness.

Time – ordering everyday events, reading time on analogue and digital time and developing an awareness of functional time.

The pupils will have regular sessions using RM Easimaths. Some will start to use MyMaths and other ICT resources.

Additionally, this term there will be topics on displaying data, codes, averages, sequences, angles, shapes, nets and probability.

Understanding Our World – Science

Changes in Life - In this theme pupils will extend their understanding of what living things need in order to survive. They will take a closer look at the needs of both plants and animals and will begin to think about how our need for energy is tied in with the greenhouse effect, climate change and global warming.

Earth science - Pupils will find out about how the Earth is constantly changing through a range of processes. They will also find out how different rocks (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic) are formed.

Understanding Our World – Computing

How Reliable is Online Information? - Pupils will consider how news stories are reported in different media. They will investigate how search results are ranked and begin to judge and evaluate what they read online. They will make their own news reports and learn how to use microphones to record voices to be used in a news broadcast.

What’s inside a computer? - Pupils will learn about the different components that make up a computer system and identify different inputs and outputs. They will consider how computer networks offer opportunities for collaboration, construct diagrams of computer networks and have practical experience of connecting components.

Understanding Our World – Humanities

Pupils will be learning about the causes of World War Two and what life was like on the Home Front. In particular, they will be putting ourselves in the shoes of child evacuees and

their experiences during the war. Pupils will also look at other aspects including rationing and the role of women.

Lastly they will be investigating our extreme earth. Pupils will understand how earthquakes and volcanoes occur and will be thinking about the effects of events such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

Understanding Our World – Religion and Ethics (R and E)

Exploring the journey of life

Pupils will think about the important occasions in life and find out how different religions celebrate these. They will talk about themselves, their hopes and ambitions as well as trying to see how relationships can be important throughout our lives. There will be lots of discussion around right and wrong and part of our work will be covering issues raised in the Citizenship unit 13 – considering how we deal with conflict. Pupils will have the opportunity to use thinking skills strategies to help with their learning.


9Y ‘Summer’ is our theme this term. Pupils will be covering a range of techniques such as photography, drawing, collage, painting, typography and card sculpture. You will be keeping an exciting sketchbook and working towards creating a final piece at the end of term.

9X This term pupils will be looking at Music and Surrealism creating an artwork based on their favourite musical artists and inspired by the surrealist art movement. This art work will then be transferred into an item that could be sold at a concert or festival.

Design and Technology – Resistant materials

Pupils will research types of chairs and then move on to complete a model of the stools. We will then look at flat-packed furniture and purchase a stool from IKEA which pupils will work in pairs, getting stuck into changing the real stools into whatever their imagination inspires them to design. The next project will be for pupils to create a 'push to make' electrical circuit based on a book of their choice, but focusing on a specific age range.

Pupils will be asked the question, 'What would you like to design to change someone's life for the better'?

Design and Technology – Textiles

The focus for pupils in textiles will be on the importance of recycling. They will research various designers who currently do this to give them inspiration. Following on they will firstly make a small body adornment and then design and make a cushion or a bag working on the theme of 'food and drink'. We will investigate more fabric decoration techniques such as tie dyeing, batik, silk painting, block printing and patchwork. They will learn how to stitch on a variety of fastenings.

Pupils will be asked the questions, 'Why do we recycle and how it is good for the environment'?

Performing Arts – Music

Film Music - Pupils will discover music written for films and use these to inspire them in their own compositions. Key words will be tempo, pitch and silence. Singing will form a large part of this unit and the assessment task will be based on Dance Time!

Performing Arts – Dance

Dance through the movies - This term, pupils will learn a variety of different dance styles such as street and contemporary. Taking inspiration from the movies, pupils will recreate what they see on screen and choreography their own routines.


We will be refreshing and developing Athletics skills already learnt with an opportunity to further improve a favourite event to gain a ‘good’ Personal Best performance which will be recorded and you will be encouraged to compete in Alfriston’s Sports Day 2018. The game of Rounders and Cricket with emphasis on tactical play will be developed. The game of Tennis will be developed by reinforcing the forehand and backhand drive and the volley in small game situations.

Social Skills

Lessons will be delivered on a rotation of theory, discussion/circle time, and practical activities to allow for learning and practice.

During the third term pupils will be exploring relationship skills such as what makes a good friend and peer pressure. Pupils will also develop their decision-making skills, including their ability to think of multiple solutions to a problem and the consequences which might follow. Finally, pupils will challenge their ability to make goals and persist in achieving them.


The community and the environment - Pupils will consider peer pressure, appropriate social behaviour, discussing crime and its consequences as well as rights and responsibilities. Some of the work will focus on the issues raised in the Citizenship units – Crime / Crime and safety awareness. Pupils will be able to participate in practical first aid sessions, addressing a range of accident scenarios. Later in the unit they will consider the importance of homes and think about the homeless.

Passport for Life – Home economics

In Home Economics the pupils will focus on basic cooking and food preparation skills. Pupils will learn how to work safely in the kitchen as well as developing, an understanding of what Home Economics is and learn the important hygiene and healthy eating rules. They will learn about basic nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet. Pupils will cook a wide range of dishes from a variety of simple recipes. Pupils will gain independence in the kitchen and begin to discuss the skills they are learning.

Year 9 Pupils focus on foods from ‘around the world’. They look at what people choose and combine different foods to make meals and snacks. Pupils will gain an understanding that a range of factors determine what is eaten throughout the world. Diets vary between individuals for reasons such as availability, preference, resources, time, culture and religion.

  • Why do we eat different types of food?

Passport for Life – Outdoor learning

In Outdoor learning the pupils will be outside in the woodland area having a hands-on opportunity to learn about the natural environment through directed tasks and play. They will be guided to use their own initiative to solve problems and cooperate with others. The students will be given a large amount of freedom in their learning.

In year 9 the main theme throughout the lessons will be developing our relationships and team work. Some of the activities throughout the year will include den building, fire lighting, cooking and exploration. The students will also be introduced to using tools such as knives, loppers and saws.