Year 9 Curriculum 2016/17

Subject area Hours per fortnight Percentage of curriculum time
Art 2 4%
Computing 1 2%
Drama 2 4%
English 7 14%
Food 1 2%
Geography 3 6%
History 3 6%
Languages 5 10%
Mathematics 7 14%
Music 2 4%
Physical Education 4 8%
PSCHE 1 2%
Religious Education 2 4%
Science 6 12%
Technology 4 8%

The table and diagram above explains what proportion of the curriculum time in Year 9 is allocated to each of the curriculum areas and the teaching hours for a 50-period fortnight (the school operates a 2-week 50 hour timetable).

Year 9 is organised into two equal, parallel halves. This means that the year is split by ability and gender into two equal groups. These two halves are then treated as equal groups. The year half is then the same for all classes in every subject.

The ability of the cohort determines the ability of the groups, so it is not the case that a comparison can be made between groups in different years.

We regularly assess students and will only move student’s groups if it is appropriate to do so. It is however, not appropriate to do this multiple times through the year, so we keep to a schedule of assessment, moderation, discussion and information-sharing and then group changes.

Whilst we endeavour to do everything possible to avoid mistakes, we are human and mistakes can happen. If you think that this is the case for your child, then please contact their Progress Tutor or ultimately their Progress Manager so that we can engage in dialogue to rectify any issues or resolve any queries or misunderstandings. Please remember that grouping is not about parental preference, but about our proven methods of correct placement.

Where students are not making sufficient progress towards the expected standards, we will alter their curriculum provision to support them to make expected progress. This can be on targeted withdrawal from some lessons or classes or extra support in classes. We assess the need for this from internally administered reading age tests and other assessments.

English

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Students are grouped (broadly in ability order) in English classes using information from the previous year. In Year 9 there are five classes in each year half for English and they are numbered 1-5. Group 1 is at the top of the ability spectrum. Groups 4 and 5 are of equal ability and are split to allow smaller class sizes and therefore more dedicated support.

As an example, on a student’s timetable this will appear as 9y/En3. This is Year 9, y half, English, group 3.

Mathematics

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Students are grouped (broadly in ability order) in Mathematics classes using information from the previous year. In Year 9 there are five classes in each year half for Mathematics and they are numbered 1-5. Group 1 is at the top of the ability spectrum. Groups 4 and 5 are of equal ability and are split to allow smaller class sizes and therefore more dedicated support.

As an example, on a student’s timetable this will appear as 9z/Ma2. This is Year 9, z half, Maths, group 2.

Science

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Students are grouped (broadly in ability order) in Science classes using information from the previous year. In Year 9 there are five classes in each year half for Science and they are numbered 1-5. Group 1 is at the top of the ability spectrum. Groups 4 and 5 are of equal ability and are split to allow smaller class sizes and therefore more dedicated support.

As an example, on a student’s timetable this will appear as 7z/Sc4. This is Year 7, z half, Science, group 4.

Languages

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In year 9 students continue to study their language pathway in mixed ability, language specific classes.

As an example, on a student’s timetable this will appear as 9y/Ml3. This is Year 9, y half, Languages, group 3.

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Art

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Drama  

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Music

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Classes in Art, Drama and Music are organised by their English class, so if your son/daughter is in group Z1 for English, then they will also be in Z1 for Art, Drama and Music.

On the student’s timetable this will appear as 9z/Mu1, for example. This is Year 9, z half, Music, group 1. (Ar for Art and Dr for Drama)

Technology and Food & Nutrition

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Students are placed in mixed-ability groups and do a carousel of three Technology subjects throughout the year, one core technology lesson and one food and nutrition lesson. There are 6 groups in each year half for 2016, to allow for smaller classes for health and safety in workshops and kitchens. The subject carousel means that your son/daughter will change subjects (and probably teachers) in Technology and Food & Nutrition twice from the start of the year (once in late Autumn Term and once in mid-Spring term).

On the student’s timetable this will appear as 9y/Te5, for example. This is Year 9, y half, Technology, group 5.

Information Technology

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Classes in Information Technology are organised by their Technology class, so if your son/daughter is in group Z5 for Technology, then they will also be in Z5 for ICT.

On the student’s timetable this will appear as 9z/It5, for example. This is Year 9, z half, Information Technology, group 5.
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Physical Education

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Students are placed in mixed-ability, single-gender groups and do a variety of sports throughout the year. There are five groups in each year half.

On the student’s timetable this will appear as 9y/Pe2, for example. This is Year 9, y half, Physical Education, group 2.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education

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Students follow a programme of guest speaker talks, assemblies and lessons that cover all aspects of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, British values and careers guidance. There are 9 groups in the year and they are organized by progress (form) groups.

On the student’s timetable this will appear as 9yz/T4, for example. This is Year 9, PSHCE, progress group 4.