Year 9 will be exploring the theme of conflict in the form of poetry. They will look at poetry from, and about, World War 1 and 2. In the second part of the term they will look at Texts Across Time, where they will contrast two stories from different eras, looking at the similarities of themes and characterisation. Formal assessments in reading will take place. Library sessions will include one to one reading and group reading sessions where appropriate.
The Spring term in Year 9 sees the students learning about shopping and budgeting, jobs and wages, and Functional Skills word problems, where if necessary the staff will continue to develop basic operation and number skills. For those students that are secure with this, the teacher will differentiate the work to appropriately challenge with skills such as fractions, factors and prime numbers.
We also aim to do a whole school Mathematics project where we hold a community event to raise money for a selected charity. Online independent work continues with Mangahigh. We are lucky enough to have double lessons once a week, which gives us a great opportunity to go out in the community and put what we have learnt in the classroom, into practice.
Metals and Non-metals – Pupils will first find out a little more about the Periodic table. Once we have established that elements can be grouped as metals and non-metals we will then go on to look at the way in which metals react. Pupils will consider the reactions of metals with oxygen, water and acid and will use their findings to construct a reactivity series.
Looking into Space – Pupils will find out about the movement of the Earth, the Moon and the planets. This knowledge will then be used to explain the periods of time that we know as days, months, seasons and years. Finally, pupils will find out more about the objects that make up our Solar System.
Environmental Studies incorporates work from History, Geography and practical outdoor learning. This outdoor learning provides the students with opportunities to learn and enhance their horticultural and animal care skills.
This term in History, we will be learning about the damage that has been done to the environment in the past and how we can be change makers in the present day to ensure the best futures for all.
In Geography this half term, we will learn to understand the importance of our environment in 2021 and how we used it. We will also explore the pushback on fossil fuels and how to protect the forests.
RELIGION AND ETHICS (R AND E)
What does it mean to be a Muslim? – Pupils will be looking at the Muslim religion in detail and working with one of the mosques in High Wycombe. They will be able to think about the reasons behind some of the beliefs and practices and explore pattern and shape in this religious context. Pupils will have the opportunity to work independently during this topic.
‘Change Your Style’ is our theme this term. Pupils will be looking at how art and design has changed over the years; we will look at the work of traditional designer William Morris and some modern designers such as Lotta Jansdotter and Cath Kidston. You will experiment with a range of textiles art including felting, silk painting, tie dye and several printing techniques.
During the spring term Design Crafts students will have the opportunity to take part in a cross curricular project with the Dance and Drama department. After an initial research phase, students will co-create a range of Props, costumes and scenery that they will wear for an in-school performance.
Year 9 students will explore costume and prop design, creating visual presentations of their research and designs they will collaborate with the drama and dance departments to create wearable pieces for the performance.
Cities and Special Occasions – Pupils will hear lots of music used for special occasions, finding out about the composers and the stories behind their music. They will be able to compose their own pieces and sing songs from different cities around the world. Key words will be duration, tempo and dynamics and pupils will work towards a class performance at the end of term.
Dance from around the world – This term, pupils will explore different dance styles from around the world such as Gumboot dancing and Bollywood. Building on the key words learnt last term: Action, Space, Dynamics and Relationship, to create and choreography their own routines to perform.
Invasion games will be used to encourage tactical awareness, positional play and team formations. Time will be also be given to Health Related Fitness work, which will include HITT and SAQ activities. Pupils’ basic gymnastics skills will be further developed using large and small apparatus incorporating the theme ‘flight’ as appropriate risk taking and resilience are encouraged.
Lessons will be delivered on a rotation of theory, discussion/circle time, and practical activities to allow for learning and practice During the second term pupils will be developing their self-management skills. Pupils will develop a greater understanding for their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how to manage these in different scenarios and with a variety of coping skills. Pupils will then begin to develop their social awareness by challenging their social communication skills and exploring and accepting others’ perspectives.
Making sensible choices – During this term pupils will consider legal and illegal drugs. There will be a visit from HOPE UK promoting exciting non-alcoholic drinks and from the local Police Officer to discuss drugs and the law. The important facts and dangers of drugs will be stressed and there will be opportunities for sensitive questions to be answered individually and in small groups.
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.
Pupils will be concentrating on buying, storing, preparing and cooking food safely and hygienically. We will continue work on healthy eating and ensure that they are learning more about food spoilage and decay. The pupils will learn when food spoils and be able to judge this by its appearance, taste, texture and odour change. They will understand how to use date marks and food storage instructions on food packaging. Pupils will be working on a project that investigates the differences between shop bought and homemade.
The pupils working in Forest School will be outside in the woodland area having a hands-on opportunity to learn about the natural environment through directed tasks and exploration. 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 pupils will continue to work on traditional Forest School tasks in addition to working alongside the Chiltern Rangers. They will become much more familiar with the use of tools and will also begin to learn about woodland management. Team work and cooperation continues to be a key element as they design their own programmes.