Year 9 students have 25 lessons a week. Below is a general overview of the topics students are taught throughout the year in each subject. For a more in depth outline of each subject please click on the link for the subject page.

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Number of lessons per subject


Surrealism – investigate work by Dali and Magritte, understand surreal concepts and apply these to imaginative portrait work

Underwater world – explore sea forms, creating designs and modelling 3D forms in clay

Built environment – graphic illustration considering the work of Kyle Henderson, one-point perspective drawing

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Computer science

Autumn term

  • Digital literacy
  • Text programming

Spring term

  • Revision of previous concepts
  • Sound
  • Animation (Blender)

Summer term

  • Cybersecurity
  • Ethical, legal, cultural concerns
  • Excel

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Design and technology


  • Resistant materials – flat pack innovation challenge
  • Engineering – sustainable design
  • Food – application of skills and knowledge when designing a dish
  • Textiles – trash to treasure – sustainable product design
  • Digital Art / CAD – digital communication and presentation techniques

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In year 9, students continue to develop competence in a range of skills across a broad curriculum offer.

Students are taught advanced performance skills and create a theatre in education workshop that is performed to year 7.

Students also explore empathy in drama through a variety of topics and spend time consolidating performing skills from previous years in preparation for GCSE drama.

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English language and literature

Autumn term

  • The Tempest or Twelfth Night
    Key concept – curiosity: freedom

Spring term

  • Novel TBC
    Key concept – identity: diversity

Summer term

  • Modern Britain
    Key concept – British Values
  • GCSE transition unit
    Key concepts:
    empathy: society
    curiosity: power and conflict
    identity: adulthood

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Family: Qui suis-je?

  • Myself
  • Family
  • Free time

Free time/hobbies : Le temps et les loisirs

  • Free time
  • Sports
  • Life online

Festivals and traditions: Jours ordinaires, jours de fête

  • Myself
  • Home
  • Free time
  • Festivals and celebrations
  • Food and drink
  • Daily life

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  • Africa: The land of opportunity
  • Cold environments
  • Urbanisation
  • Global issues

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Family: Menschliche Beziehungen

  • Myself
  • Family
  • Free time

Free time/ hobbies: Zeit für Freizeit

  • Sports
  • Free time

School: Auf in die Schule

  • School
  • Social issues

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  • Causes and experiences of the First World War
  • The treaty of Versailles
  • The Russian revolutions of 1917
  • The interwar period
  • The Second World War
  • Decolonisation
  • Britain after 1945

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  • Number – core/depth/stretch
  • Algebra – core/depth/stretch
  • Geometry – core/depth/stretch
  • Statistics and probability – core/depth/stretch
  • Ratio and proportion – core/depth/stretch

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  • Students will be comfortable performing in a wide array of situations developing new skills such as improvisation, alternative time signatures and experimenting with different genres both composing and performing existing music
  • Safe use of musical equipment, setting up music equipment for performance and analytical thinking will aid music performance
  • Students will develop an understanding of the key areas of the music business that support the realms of composing and performance
  • Musical language should be proficient and students will be able to communicate using correct vocabulary whilst understanding the terminology used in the music industry
  • Students will be able to compose to a brief and perform with confidence. Areas of study will include: protest music, creating a pop star and performing as part of a band
  • Students will be able to work with each other and produce music that shows a contribution made by all members of their groups. Students will be able to identify how as a group improvements can be made using a wide range of musical language and by supporting each other in a mature manner
  • Students will be able to analyse how music is used in media and film as well as being a commodity that generates revenue
  • Students will investigate and be able to recall music that is used for purposes other than entertainment
  • Students will be exposed to world music that has influenced popular music looking at how this has broadened songwriters and composers’ knowledge

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Personal development

  • Peer influence, substance use and gangs

Healthy and unhealthy friendships, assertiveness, substance misuse, and gang exploitation

  • Setting goals

Learning strengths, career options and goal setting as part of the GCSE options process

  • Respectful relationships

Families and parenting, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and relationship changes

  • Healthy lifestyle

Diet, exercise, lifestyle balance, healthy choices, and first aid

  • Employability skills

Employability and online presence

  • Intimate relationships

Relationships and sex education including consent, contraception, the risks of STIs, and attitudes to pornography

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Physical education

In year 9, students continue to develop competence in a range of skills across a broad curriculum offer. Students spend time consolidating skills from year 7 and 8, and in some sports continue to learn new skills.

Students are introduced to tactics and look more broadly at attacking and defensive play.

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  • Health, disease and development of medicines
  • The variation between species and between individuals of the same species
  • The evidence for evolution


The periodic table:

  • Atomic structure
  • Bonding
  • Chemical calculations
  • Investigating acids and neutralisation
  • Crude oil and fuels


  • Energy in the home
  • Using conservation of energy to solve problems
  • Waves – light and water
  • Space
  • Gas pressure and temperature
  • Cables, plugs and safety

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