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Year 9 Subject Information

For further information about Year 9 courses please contact Mr A. Edwards (Deputy Headteacher) on 0151 235 1430
English Language and English Literature

Subject Leader: C Wright      

Year 9 English teachers: H Moffat, J Fenton, S Griffiths, A Gould, J Stone-Hindle, C Woods, K.White, J.Fodey, H.McTague

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. The examination board is AQA.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Reading Skills - Unit 1 – Q1-4: responding to fiction / non-fiction
  • Writing fiction – Unit 1 Question 5:

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Reading Skills – Unit 2 Q1-4: Pre and Post 1914 Non-Fiction Extracts
  • Poetry – Introduction to poems in ‘Power and Conflict’ Anthology

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Non-Fiction Writing – Unit 2 Question 5
  • Blood Brothers – English Lit Unit 2: Plot, Character and Themes

Blood Brothers Key Words: laissez-faire, implode/implodes, nurture vs. nature, nuclear family, colloquialisms, dialect/vernacular, Machiavellian, literal/metaphorical, fatalistic, circle of depravation/cycle of poverty, superstition, facsimile, emotionally stagnated, motif, dramatic irony, tragedy, Recession, proof

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Mathematics

Subject Leader: C Roche                  

Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator: O McNally/S. Whitehead

Year 9 Mathematics teachers:

Year 9 pupils start the first year of their GCSE in Mathematics and will be entered for either Higher or Foundation Tier, in accordance with their mathematical ability. The examination board is Edexcel.

Term 1 Foundation

Topics/Skills covered:

Integers and place value

Decimals

Indices, powers and roots

Factors, multiples and primes

Algebra: the basics

Expressions and substitution into formulae

Tables, charts and graphs

Term 1 Higher

Topics/Skills covered:

Calculations, checking and rounding

Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations

Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds

Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations

Sequences

Averages and range

Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs

Term 2 Foundation

Topics/Skills covered:

Pie charts

Scatter graphs

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Percentages

Equations and inequalities

Sequences

Term 2 Higher

Topics/Skills covered:

Fractions and percentages

Ratio and proportion

Polygons, angles and parallel lines

Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry

Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs

Linear graphs and coordinate geometry

Term 3 Foundation

Topics/Skills covered:

Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts

Interior and exterior angles of polygons

Statistics, sampling and the averages

Perimeter, area and volume

Term 3 Higher

Topics/Skills covered:

Quadratic, cubic and other graphs

Perimeter, area and circles

3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres

Transformations

Accuracy and bounds

Extra Reading/Research   

Pupils are expected to use MathsWatch

  • (Pupil’s own school log-in)@cardinal-heenan
  • Password

  Revision guides and workbooks are also available to purchase from the maths office

Assessments will take place 3 times a year and results will be reported to parents.

Science

Subject Leader: J.Prior                                   

Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator: D. Boyle

Year 9 Science teachers: J. Prior, M. Boyle, J. Lyons, D. Lewis, N. Ashton, T. Granby, K. McGunigle, J. Shillcock, G. Brown, M. Crawford, C. McCormack

In Year 9 pupils will start their GCSE work. They will study the trilogy science GCSE pathway. High attaining pupils will follow the separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The examination board for all GCSE Science qualifications is AQA.

Biology

B1.1 The world of the microscope

B1.2 Animal and plant cells

B1.3 Eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells

B1.4 Specialisation in animal cells

B1.5 - Specialisation in plant cells

B1.6 Difusion

B7.1 Non-communicable diseases

B7.2 Cancer

B7.3 Smoking and the risk of disease

B7.4 Diet, exerise and disease

B7.5 Alcohol and other carcinogens

B8.1 Photosynthesis

B8.2 The rate of photosynthesis

B8.3 How plants use glucose

B8.4 Making the most of photsynthesis

B3.1 Tissues and organs

B3.2 The human digestive system

B3.3 The Chemistry of food

B3.4 Catalysts and enzymes

B3.5 Factors affecting enzyme action

B3.6 How the digestive system works

B3.7 Making digestion efficient

B6.1 Vaccination

B6.2 Antibiotics and painkillers

B6.3 Discovering drugs

B6.4 Developing drugs

 

Chemistry

C1.1 Atoms

C1.2 Chemical Equations

C1.3 Separating mixtures

C1.4 Fractional Distillation and paper chromatography

C1.5 History of the atom

C1.6 Structure of the atom

C1.7 Ions, atoms and isotopes

C1.8 Electronic Structures

C2.1 Development of the periodic table

C2.2 Electronic structures and the periodic table

C2.3 Group 1 - the alkali metals

C2.4 Group 7 - the halogens

C2.5 Explaining trends

C2.6 The transition elements

C5.1 The reactivity series

C5.2 Displacement reactions

C5.3 Extracting metals

C5.4 Salts from metals

C5.5 Salts from insoluble bases

C5.6 Making more salts

C5.7 Neutralisation and the pH scale

C5.8 Strong and weak acids

C9.1 Hydrocarbons

C9.2 Fractional distillation of oil

C9.3 Burning hydrocarbon fuels

C9.4 Cracking hydrocarbons

 

Physics

P1.1 Changes in energy stores

P1.2 Conservation of energy

P1.3 Energy and work

P1.4 Gravitational potential energy stores

P1.5 Kinetic energy and elastic stores

P1.6 Energy dissipation

P1.7 Energy and efficency

P1.8 Electrical appliances

P1.9 Energy and power

P3.1 Energy demands

P3.2 Energy from wind and water

P3.3 Power from the Sun and the Earth

p3.4 Energy and the environment

P3.5 Big energy issues

P2.1 Energy transfer by conduction

P2.2 Infrared radiation

P2.3 More about infrared radiation

P2.4 Specific heat capacity

P2.5 Heating and insulating buildings

P12.1 The nature of waves

P12.2 The properties of waves

P12.3 Reflection and refraction

P12.4 More about waves

P12.5 Sound waves

P12.6 The uses of ultrasound

P12.7 Seismic waves

P13.1 The Electromagnetic spectrum

P13.2 Light, infrared, microwaves and radio waves

P13.3 Communications

P13.4 Ultraviolet waves, x-rays, and gamma rays

P13.5 X-rays in medicine

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Science Triple Award

Subject Leader: J Prior                                              

Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator: D Boyle

Year 10 teachers: Miss Craig and Miss McCreesh

Examination Board: AQA

Those students following the triple award science route will follow the same programme of study as the rest of their peers in Year 9, with the addition of the following units:

Biology

B8.4 Making the most of photosynthesis

B6.5 Making monoclonal antibodies

B6.6 Uses of monoclonal antibodies

Chemistry

C2.6 The transition elements

 

Physics

P2.2 Infrared radiation

P12.5 Sound waves

P12.6 The uses of ultrasound

P12.7 Seismic waves

In addition to this, all boys will have the opportunity to purchase an individual revision book for each GCSE they will sit.

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
www.my-gcsescience.com
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/steps-to-success-in-science/revision-materials
www.youtube.com/user/myGCSEscience
revisionworld.com/gcse-revision
www.cgpbooks.co.uk/interactive_gcse_science

Religious Education

Subject Leader: S Miller

Year 9 Religious Education teachers: B Kelly-Ince, R Campbell, T Harrison, R McCrink, A Kennedy, K Smyth, S Miller,

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Religious Education. The examination board for GCSE RE is AQA.

Course title: People of God – Called to Serve

Term 1

Topics/skills covered:

  • Do faith and science conflict?
  • How is God revealed through suffering?

Term 2

Topics/skills covered:

  • How do we respect sanctity of life?
  • What are we called to be?

Term 3

Topics/skills covered:

  • An introduction to Hinduism
  • How do Catholics believe truth is revealed?

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents

PE

PE Subject Leader: N O’Hare

Year 9 PE teachers: I Forgie, T Phipps, P Aspinall, P Sellwood, W Townson, N O’Hare, L Johnson, D Hanwell.

Year 9 pupils who opt for PE will start the first year of their GCSE or Technical Award in PE. The examination board for both courses is AQA.

GCSE PE Outline

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

Practical performance in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

 

What’s assessed

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

What’s assessed

  • Students are assessed as a player/performer in three different activities.
  •  

Written/verbal analysis and evaluation of performance

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total: 78 marks
  • 30% of GCSE

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total: 78 marks
  • 30% of GCSE

How it’s assessed

  • Internal assessment, external moderation
  • Total: 100 marks 40% of GCSE

AQA Technical award outline unit 1 in Year 9

Unit 1: Practical player performance

What's assessed

This unit assesses a learner's knowledge and understanding of the theoretical content associated with practical player performance. They will also be required to demonstrate and apply this knowledge and understanding in order to produce effective performances.

• Practical performance • Skills, knowledge and understanding within two chosen sports

How it's assessed

• Internally assessed  • 36 GLH approx. • 60 marks  • 30% of Technical Award

Evidence

Learner evidence to include a portfolio of:

• Log books • Session plans  • Evaluations • Images/video evidence

At Key Stage 4, during core PE, students have the opportunity to choose a more personalised pathway of participation that suits their needs and interests. In all pathways, students take part in health activities and leadership in football, handball, badminton, cricket, and athletics

Throughout the remainder of the pathway, students either build on or further develop their abilities in activities following on from Key Stage 3.

A continuous programme of extracurricular activities runs throughout the year in a range of sports. The programme changes to suit the seasons and is available to all pupils.

Activities for Intra and Inter Form competitions include: football (11 aside and 5 aside), rugby (union and league), cricket, athletics, basketball, handball, cross country, table tennis and badminton. Students also have access to the Lifestyle gymnasium each night between 3pm and 4pm to look at improving their own physical fitness and strength conditioning.

Fitness assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Art

Subject Leader: P Dougan

Year 9 Art teachers: A Murphy, C Gillmore

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Art.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates will begin their first of two units of coursework. They be introduced to more complex skills around the topic of Portraiture. They will use photography to capture self-images and work in a variety of materials and techniques to produce several self-portraits. They will also be introduced to the graphic design package Photoshop.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates will investigate the styles, and practices of key portraiture artists. They will take inspiration from their styles and techniques, such as print, paint and computer aided design, to further develop their portraits.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates will consolidate the learning over the course so far to create a final piece or pieces developing further those materials which were most successful. This can include 3D outcomes.

Extra Reading/Research

Francis Bacon, Chuck Close, Van Gogh, David Hockney.

Anything else?

In KS4 the art rooms are available before and after school each night to further extend the quality of coursework.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Design Technology

Subject Leader: P Dougan

Year 9 Design Technology teachers: P Melia, J Donegan

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Design and Technology.

Discrete theory lessons will introduce candidates to the key concepts to be covered in the GCSE exam papers in Year 11.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates will begin to learn the basic research, development and making skills in their first making project: a puzzle and puzzle container

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates will continue to extend skills in research, development and making skills in their second making project: Housing for a tea light

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates are introduced to the controlled assessment (NEA) for the remainder of this academic year in preparation for Year 10.

Anything else?

In KS4 the DT rooms are available before and after school each night to improve the quality of coursework.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Subject Leader: J Mortimore

Year 9 Food Technology teachers: J Mortimore, S Williams, J Donegan, L Crockett

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition. The examination board is Eduqas.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Introduction to health & safety
  • Chopping skills
  • Food hygiene
  • Introduction to pastry
  • Food contamination
  • Introduction to bread
  • Health & safety laws
  • Introduction to cake making methods
  • Sourcing of foods
  • Fresh pasta
  • Cereals

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Introduction to sauces
  • Fruit & vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, fish, seafood
  • Stocks, sauces, soups, dressings
  • British cuisine
  • Animal products
  • Afternoon tea
  • Sugars & sweeteners
  • Readymade commodities

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Mediterranean cuisine
  • Asian cuisine
  • Vegetarian diets
  • Vegan diets
  • Special diets – healthy options
  • Special diets – high in iron
  • Special diets – coeliac
  • Introduction to raising agents

Key Words:

Hazards; paysanne; brunoise; macedoine; ribbon; julienne; jardinere; cross-contamination; bacteria; yeast; gluten; kneading; proving; HACCP; melting; baking; seasonality; harvesting; milling; reduction; emulsion; egg based sauce; jus sauce; high-risk food; vegan; vegetarian; coeliac.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Geography

Subject Leader: P Melanaphy

Year 9 Geography teachers: E Holley, A Slaughter

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Geography. The examination board is AQA.

Term 1

Topics covered:

Weather hazards: How global atmospheric circulation helps to determine patterns of weather and climate. Tropical storms and their effects on people and the environment. An overview of extreme weather in the UK and the impact on human activity of extreme weather in the UK.

The Changing Economic World: The global variations in economic development and quality of life. The strategies that exist for reducing the global development gap.

Skills covered:

Cartographic skills relating to a variety of maps at different scales. Using and understanding co-ordinates – latitude and longitude. Recognising and describing distributions and patterns of both human and physical features. Labelling and annotating diagrams, maps, graphs, sketches and photographs. Graphical skills to select and construct appropriate graphs and charts to present data; using appropriate scales and to interpret and extract information from different types of maps, graphs and charts. Using qualitative and quantitative data from both primary and secondary sources to obtain, illustrate, communicate, interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information.

Term 2

Topics covered:

The Changing Economic World (cont.): A case study of Nigeria (a Newly Emerging Economy – NEE) to illustrate how rapid economic development leads to significant social, environmental and cultural change.

UK Physical Landscapes: The UK has a range of diverse landscapes.

River landscapes in the UK: The shape of river valleys changes as rivers flow downstream. Distinctive fluvial landforms result from different physical processes. Different management strategies can be used to protect river landscapes from the effects of flooding.

Skills covered:

Using maps to identify and describe significant features of the physical and human landscape on them, and to analyse the inter-relationship between physical and human factors on maps and establish associations between observed patterns on thematic maps.

Using and interpreting OS maps at a range of scales, including 1:50000 and 1:25000 and using and understanding coordinates – four and six-figure grid references. Using and understanding gradient, contour and spot height.

Identifying basic landscape features and describing their characteristics from map evidence. Describing human and physical landscapes and geographical phenomena from photographs.

Term 3

Topics covered:

River landscapes in the UK (cont.)

Fieldwork enquiry: Students need to undertake two geographical enquiries, each of which must include the use of primary data, collected as part of a fieldwork exercise. Fieldwork will take place outside the classroom and school grounds and in contrasting environments to show an understanding of both physical and human geography. Students will be expected to show an understanding of the interaction between physical and human geography.

Skills covered: The potential risks of both human and physical fieldwork and how these risks might be reduced. Using primary and secondary data and understanding the differences between them. Measuring and recording data using different sampling methods. Selection and accurate use of appropriate presentation methods. Describing, explaining and adapting presentation methods. Describing, analysing and explaining the results of fieldwork data.

Establishing links between data sets and using appropriate statistical techniques. Identifying anomalies in fieldwork data. Drawing evidenced conclusions in relation to the original aims of the fieldwork enquiry. Use of statistical skills.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

History

Subject Leader: C Duffy

Year 9 History teachers: L O’Toole, C Duffy, F Rushe, N Davies

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in History. The examination board is AQA.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Germany and the Growth of Democracy
  • Germany and the Depression
  • This period study focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship – the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
  • The experiences of Germans under the Nazis
  • Revision of the whole German unit

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Conflict and Tension in Asia, 1950-1975
  • Background to the Cold War
  • Conflict in Korea
  • The causes of the Korean War: nationalism in Korea; US relations with China; the division of Korea; Kim Il Sung and Syngman Rhee; reasons why the North invaded the South in June 1950; US and the UN responses; USSR's absence from the UN.
  • The development of the Korean War: the UN campaign in South and North Korea; Inchon landings and recapture of South Korea; UN forces advance into North Korea; reaction of China and intervention of Chinese troops October 1950; the sacking of MacArthur.
  • The end of the Korean War: military stalemate around the 38th Parallel; peace talks and the armistice; impact of the Korean War for Korea, the UN and Sino-American relations.

Extra Reading/Research

Understanding the Modern World – AQA GCSE History, Germany 1890-1945 Democracy and Dictatorship Oxford AQA GCSE History, Hitler – The Rise of Evil, A Warning From History,

Key Words:

republic, democracy, autocracy, autocratic, nationalism, militarism, Conservative, conservatism, Liberal, liberalism, hereditary, Kaiser, government, Chancellor, Weltpolitik, Reichstag, proportional representation, Vietminh, domino theory, Vietcong, guerrilla warfare, The Ho Chi Minh Trail, chemical warfare, Vietnamisation

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Computer Science

ICT Subject leader: J Mitchard

Year 9 Information Technology teachers: K Rowan, J Wharmby, J Mitchard

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Computer Science.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
  • Algorithms
  • Sorting algorithms (Binary and Liner Search)
  • Sorting algorithms (Bubble, Insertion and Merge Sort)
  • Flowcharts and Pseudo code

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
  • Programming techniques
  • Python Programming

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Extra Reading/Research

www.codecademy.com
www.python.org/downloads

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Leader: A Bower

Year 9 Modern Foreign Languages teachers: C Murphy, L Davies

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Spanish.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered: Holidays

Preterite tense of the irregular verb ‘–ir’, saying what you did on holiday, using the preterite of regular ‘-ar’ verbs, sequencers and time phrases, using the preterite tense of ‘-er’ and ‘-ir’ verbs, using the preterite of ‘-ser’, saying what your holiday was like, using connectives, using two tenses together.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:  All about my life

Revising the present tense, saying what you use your phone for, saying what type of music you listen to, giving a range of opinions, talking about TV programmes, using the comparative, saying what you did yesterday, using the present and the preterite, understanding a TV guide, tackling an authentic text.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered: Let’s eat

Saying what food you like, using a wider range of opinions, revision of time, describing mealtimes, using negatives, ordering a meal, using tu/usted, using usted and ustedes, using the immediate future tense, giving an account of a party, using three tenses together, using coping strategies when speaking, responding to what people say, using direct object pronouns.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Music

Subject Leader: J Sanderson

Year 9 Music teachers: L Quirk/J Sanderson

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Music. The examination board for GCSE Music is OCR.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Consolidating key stage three knowledge including tonality and elements.
  • Rhythms from around the world – rhythmic notation, polyrhythms, time signatures, cultural context.
  • Composition – Linked to rhythms of the world.
  • Performance skills on the instrument of their choice.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Conventions of pop – Accompaniments styles music technology, intervals, pop conventions including blues, rock n roll, reggae, rock, hip hop, ballad etc. Riffs, chord sequences, melodic movements, baselines.
  • Composition linked to the conventions of pop.
  • Performance skills including ensemble performances on their instrument.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Concerto through time – Instruments of the orchestra over time, periods of music, instrumental techniques, cadences, harmony and tonality, accompaniment styles, melodic and rhythmic dictation, melodic conventions, ornaments, key signatures.

Extra Reading/Research

Each pupil will receive instrumental lessons on the instrument of their choice. It is expected that they will practice between 5 and 7 days per week.

Key Words:

Rhythmic notation, polyrhythm, time signatures, accompaniment styles, riffs, chord sequences, melodic movement, cadences, harmony, tonality, ornaments, key signatures.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Drama

Subject Leader: D Jones

Year 9 Drama teachers: D Jones, E Charlton

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Drama. The examination board for GCSE Drama is AQA.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered: AQA Component 3 – Texts in Practice

  • Staging an extract
  • Characterisation
  • Interpreting a role
  • Use of style and form
  • Proxemics
  • Stage presence
  • Communication between actor and audience

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered: Component 1 Understanding Texts

  • Genre
  • Structure
  • Character
  • Form
  • Style
  • Language
  • Sub-text
  • Character motivation and interaction
  • The creation of mood and atmosphere
  • The development of pace and rhythm
  • Dramatic climax
  • Stage directions the practical demands of the text
  • Evaluating Live Theatre

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered: Component 2 Devising Theatre

  • Responding to stimulus
  • Plot and structure
  • Style and form
  • Drama strategies
  • Drama mediums
  • Drama elements

Extra Reading/Research

BBC Bitesize www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs

Key Words: symbolism, characterisation, contrast, climax, intended dramatic effect, dialogue, monologue, naturalism, stylised

Anything else? Attend extra-curricular activities such as workshops, masterclasses and theatre trips. Participate in school productions.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Sociology

Subject Leader: K White

Year 9 Sociology teachers: K White

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Sociology. The GCSE Sociology examination board is WJEC.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered: Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission

  • Key sociological concepts: culture, norms, values, roles, status, identity, sanctions, cultural diversity
  • Debates over the acquisition of identity: nature/nurture including examples of feral children and cultural diversity
  • The process of socialisation: agents of socialisation: family, education, media, peer group
  • how agents of socialisation pass on culture and identity for example: gender, class and ethnic identity; informal and formal social control

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered: Sociological research methods

  • Usefulness of different types of data: primary and secondary data
  • Methods of research: qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Sampling processes
  • Practical issues affecting research
  • Ethical issues affecting research

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered: Families

  • Family diversity and different family forms in the UK and within a global context
  • Social changes and family structures
  • Social changes and family relationships
  • Sociological theories of the role of the family
  • Criticisms of family

Extra Reading/Research

  • Researching the lives of different cultures, e.g. travellers.
  • Children without any form of socialisation, e.g. feral children/Genie Wild
  • Conducting own research into a subculture of their choice
  • Researching different family types, polygamy and polyandry

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Business Studies

Subject Leader: L Fox-Ford

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Business Studies.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Topic 1.3 Putting a Business idea into practice
  • Topic 1.4 Making the business effective

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on a business

Extra Reading/Research

Watch the TV shows: ‘Undercover Bosses’, ‘Peter Jones meets’, ‘Dragons Den’, ‘The Apprentice’

Key Words: entrepreneur, gap in the market, USP, costs, revenue, profit, break-even point, margin of safety

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Business (cefe)

Subject Leader: L Fox-Ford

Year 9 Business Studies teachers: L Fox-Ford, A Rimmer

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

Unit 1:

  • Topic 1: Understand the role of the citizen in the UK and the relationship between society and the individual
  • Topic 2: Understand the difference between money and income
  • Topic 3: Understand Tax
  • Topic 4: Understand the contribution of individuals and organisations to the economy of a country
  • Topic 5: Understand the external factors that can impact on personal financial plans
  • Topic 6: Understand the concept of foreign exchange
  • Topic 7: Understand the concept of the personal lifecycle

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Revision of Topics 1 – 7 in preparation for Unit 1 external exam
  • Unit 1 External Exam

Unit 3:

  • Topic 1: Understand skills for success
  • Topic 2: Recognise the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Topic 3: Understand how a business manages their money
  • Topic 4: Understand the impact of an individual on a business
  • Topic 5: Understand the impact of a business on an individual
  • Topic 6: Understand how business decisions have an impact on society
  • Topic 7: Understand the impact of an individual’s employment and consumer choices on society
  • Unit 3 External Exam

Extra Reading/Research

Watch the TV shows: ‘Dragon’s Den’, ‘Undercover Bosses’ and ‘Peter Jones Meets’, IFS “myifslearning” website

Key Words: entrepreneur, budgeting, profit, environmental issues, ethical, impact

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Media Studies

Subject Leader: P Dougan

Year 9 Media Studies teachers: P Dougan, A Murphy

Year 9 pupils will start the first year of their GCSE in Media Studies. The examination board for GCSE Media Studies is WJEC.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates will begin to explore a range of media texts looking at:

  • Representation
  • Target audience
  • Codes and conventions
  • Institutions
  • Media language

Candidates will learn media language, theories and key concepts whilst investigating the following topic:

  • Magazine front covers

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

Students will continue to look at the key areas of media listed above through the following topic:

  • Cross platform campaigns within the music industry, focusing on the use of tour posters and music videos.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Students will continue to look at the key areas of media listed above through case studies within the following topics:

  • Advertisements
  • Radio

Extra Reading/Research

Research around Quality Street advertisement, Katy Perry Roar and The Archers radio programme

Anything else?

In KS4 the Media rooms are available before and after school each night to further extend the quality of coursework.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.