Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Year 9

Home based learning

With respect to learning outside the Academy, students should expect to receive at least 45 minutes of homework per subject per week. With 9 subjects including English Language, English Literature and Double Award Science, this means students should spend at least 7 hours each week investing in learning at home. The purpose of homework is to support prior learning in lesson and/or prepare for learning to happen in future lessons. It is also intended to support students in learning the skills of time management, independent study and self-direction. In the event that students do not have set homework tasks, it is our expectation that they are investing the equivalent time to learn, for example by memorising their knowledge organisers.

Marking and feedback

In terms of marking and feedback, students can expect regular and ongoing verbal feedback from teachers, as well as opportunities for peer and self-assessment. Our staff will also use a combination of whole class feedback, individual written comments and assessment marking in order to support students in realising improved academic outcomes. We recognise the distinction between practicing the acquisition of new content and development of skill and bringing both these elements together for performance in formal assessment. For this reason, it is only in the case of the latter that students are likely to receive marks, or a grade. 

 

By clicking on the links below, you can access further subject specific information about course content, additional guidance about homework and feedback, as well as detail about support for independent learning.

 

Subject Guides

Art

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Drawing workshops  and still life. Georgina Luck  Pop art Mixed media Georgina Luck and painting or Pop art Design ideas Final piece

Home based learning

Students will receive Project Homework or individual tasks depending on what is appropriate which will be an activity of 45 minutes per week.
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback termly after an assessment.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

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Dance

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Undestanding & Knowledges of: Dance structures, Action, Space & Dynamics.  Motif development. Incorporating Action and gestures. Responding to a stimulus Responding to a stimulus linking Action, Space & Dymanics Use of expressions and emotions to tell a story. Linking dance structures and devices. Choreographing routines showing use of structures, devices and expression. Intro to Contemporary dance set phrases.


Home based learning

Mock testing. Watch professional works. Group and classroom dicussions and debates.
 

Marking and feedback

Verbal and peer feedback given throughout lessons on practical performances.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Drama

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Acting Skills Too Much Punch for Judy Fairy Tales with a Twist Face A Different State of Mind Scripted


Home based learning

Formal homework will be set at least once every two weeks and will be a range of activities relating to all units of the course. Students will be expected to revise key knowledge, apply knowledge to exam questions, rehearse for performances and prepare scripts for performances.
 

Marking and feedback

Written feedback will be received through the use of progress trackers which record all practical achievement. Verbal feedback will be given during practical lessons for work in progress. Whole class feedback will be given after  assessments with common mistakes identified. This will be evidenced through the end of year exams.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

English Language and Literature

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Writing to explore, imagine, entertain, Of Mice & Men. Descriptive or narrative writing based on an image or title. Students read Steinbeck's novel and learn techniques. Writing to explore, imagine, entertain, Of Mice & Men. Descriptive or narrative writing based on an image or title. Students read Steinbeck's novel and learn techniques. Shakespeare - Students will learn to write a literary essay about Romeo and Juliet.  Shakespeare - Students will learn to write a literary essay about Romeo and Juliet.   Preparation for the end of year exams. Students will use practise papers to understand how to approach the exam. Poetry - Students will learn poems from the Conflict anthology of poems. 

Home based learning

Independent reading/writing tasks and preparation for spelling, punctuation and grammar testing.

Marking and feedback

Where appropriate, written feedback in books. Whole class feedback on written tasks. Verbal feedback given during lessons.   Grading of end of year exam.  

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Food Technology

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Section 4: The Science 

of Food

Section 2: Principles of Nutrition

Section 3: Diet 

and Good Health

Section 1: Commodities Section 5: Where food Comes From Section 6: Factors Affecting Food Choice


Home based learning

Weekly. Knowledge based, either questions on learning from previous lesson or pre-learning based on the Knowledge Organisers. Peer assessed as appropriate.

Marking and feedback

Constant whole class feedback given during practical lessons. Individual or whole class feedback on written exam style questions focussed on technique (AO1,2,4)

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Geography

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Coastlines and their challenges Us and the Economic World Ecosystems The Challenge of Natural Hazards The Challenge of Natural Hazards Fieldwork: Coasts 

Home based learning

Students will be expected to spend around 45 minutes, once a week. Including a range of tasks such as revision, written work and model making.
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback in preparation for, or following assessments.
 

Knowledge Organisers

History

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Medicine Through Time: Medieval and Renaissance England, 1250-1700 Medicine Through Time: Industrial Britain, 1700-1900 Medicine Through Time: Modern Britain, 1900-present British sector on the Western Front: 1914-1918 British sector on the Western Front: 1914-1918 Anglo-Saxon and Norman England: 1060-1088

Home based learning

Students will be expected to spend at least 30 minutes a week learning content for weekly testing.
 

Marking and feedback

As well as regular in class feedback, students can expect feedback following assessments and exam questions in their application book.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Medicine Through Time, c1250-present Textbooks
  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: The American West, c.1835–c.1895 Textbooks
  • My Revision Notes books                               

Mathematics


 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Calculations and Number Systems Mensuration and Transformations Equations and Handling Data Proportion and Percentage Probability Graphs and sequences


Home based learning

Students will be set weekly tasks or revision from HegartyMaths.
 

Marking and feedback

Students will receive immediate feedback from HegartyMaths, and have one formal assessment marked with personalised intervention after each topic of study.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Music

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Musical Elements Medieval / Renaissance / Baroque Classical / Romantic Modern Music Music for Special Events Vocal Music - Purcell

Home based learning

Homework will be set at least once every two weeks and will be a range of activities relating to all units of the course. Students will be expected to revise key knowledge, apply knowledge to exam questions, listen to set works and wider listening examples, rehearse for performances and prepare compositional ideas and resources.
 

Marking and feedback

Whole class will be given at least once a term for exam questions, performance assessments or controlled assessment compositions. Formal feedback will happen at least twice a year through end of topic / year exams. Trackers will still be used to track practical progress in performance and composition each term. 
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Physical Education

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Core PE: Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, handball, lacrosse, frisbee, outdor adventure activities, rugby, table tennis, tennis, rounders.

 

GCSE PE- Theory: The structure and functions of the musculoskeletal system 

Core PE: Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, handball, lacrosse, frisbee, outdor adventure activities, rugby, table tennis, tennis, rounders.

 

GCSE PE- Theory: The structure and functions of the musculoskeletal system 

Core PE: Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, handball, lacrosse, frisbee, outdor adventure activities, rugby, table tennis, tennis, rounders.

 

GCSE PE- Theory: The structure and functions of the cardio-respiratory system

Core PE: Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, handball, lacrosse, frisbee, outdor adventure activities, rugby, table tennis, tennis, rounders.

 

GCSE PE- Theory: Physical training - considerations to prevent injury, effective use of warm up and cool down; Sports psychology - goal setting to optimise performance.

Core PE: Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, handball, lacrosse, frisbee, outdor adventure activities, rugby, table tennis, tennis, rounders.

 

GCSE PE- Theory: Physical training - the components of fitness & the principles of training. 

Core PE: Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, handball, lacrosse, frisbee, outdor adventure activities, rugby, table tennis, tennis, rounders.

 

GCSE PE- Theory: Physical training - types of training. Coursework preparation.

Home based learning

GCSE PE: Formal homework set once every 2 weeks through a variety of activities.
 

Marking and feedback

Feedback on at least one homework per term 

- Written feedback on one assessed piece of classwork per term.

- Exercise books will be checked for SPAG at least once a term on a specific piece of work. These will either be highlighted in the book or recorded in teacher’s tracker sheet to then correct misconceptions.

Knowledge Organisers

Religious Studies

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Christianity: Beliefs and teachings Christianity: Beliefs and teachings Issues of good and evil Issues of good and evil Issues of human rights Issues of human rights

Home based learning

Students will be expected to spend at least 30 minutes a week learning content for weekly testing and completing practice exam questions.
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback  per term.
 

Independent learning support

  • RS Revision Hub Thursday P6
     

Knowledge Organisers

Science: Combined

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Atomic Structure and the Periodic table 

Structure and Bonding

Reactions of Metals 

Reaction of Acids

Electrolysis 

Electricity 

Cells and transport 

Organisation (including the digestive system)

Plants and photosynthesis

B1  Cell  Biology, C1 Atomic Structure, P1 Energy B1  Cell  Biology, C1 Atomic Structure, P1 Energy B1  Cell  Biology, C1 Atomic Structure, P1 Energy


Home based learning

One 45 minute homework per week. 
 

Marking and feedback

A mixture of classwork or homework marked once every two weeks. 
 

Knowledge Organisers

Science: Triple

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

9B1

Cell Structure

Transport in Cells

Tissues, Organs and Systems

Homeostasis

Nervous System

9BI

Hormonal Control

Digestive System

Plants and Photosynthesis

Respiration 

Interdependence and Competition

9BI

Interdependence and Competition

Humans and the Environment

Reproduction and Inheritance

9BI

Reproduction and Inheritance

Variation

Revision and AP Exam 

Plugging the Gaps 

Evolution

9BI

Classification

Microbes and Communicable Diseases

Non communicable diseases

Exothermic and endothermic reactions

Rates of Reactions

9BI

Sustainable Development

Forces and Motion

Revision 

Practical Skills

9CH

Atomic Structure

Periodic Table

9CH

Structure and Bonding

Quantitative Chemistry

9CH
Reactions of Metals
9CH

Reactions of Acids

Revision and AP Exam 

Plugging the Gaps 

9CH

Electrolysis

Carbon Compounds

9CH

The Atmosphere and Climate Science

Revision 

Practical Skills

9PH

Current, P. D and Resistance

Domestic Electricity Use

9PH

Magnetism

Energy Resources

Conservation and Dissipation

9PH

Internal Energy Transfers

Waves and the EMS 

9PH

Waves and the EMS 

Revision and AP Exam 

Plugging the Gaps 

9PH

Atoms and Isotopes

Atoms and Nuclear Radiation

Space Physics

Forces and Their Interaction

9PH

Forces and Their Interaction

Revision 

Practical Skills


Home based learning

One 45 minute homework per week. 
 

Marking and feedback

A mixture of classwork or homework marked once every two weeks. 
 

Knowledge Organisers

Spanish

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Holidays and Travel Holidays and Travel School, Study and Employment School, Study and Employment People, Identity and Culture People, Identity and Culture

Home based learning

Learn for a  vocabulary or grammar test every week.  In addition, Writing/Reading homework when appropriate. 
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in- class feedback, students can expect at least one piece of formal written feedback termly . 
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Statistics

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Types of data Types of data 2 Population of sampling Designing an investigation Processing and representing data  Processing and representing data 2


Home based learning

Students will be expected to spend at least 45 minutes a week learning content for weekly testing. 
 

Marking and feedback

Students will receive regular verbal feedback in lessons.  There will be one piece of marked homework per term.  Peer and self assessment will take place weekly.  There will be assessment feedback twice a year with final grades.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

  • Revision guide
  • Revision workbook
  • Statistical enquiry cycles