Students in Year 9 continue to have an hour of English and Maths every day. Students start GCSE Science in Year 9 and so now receive an extra hour per week. A choice between Geography and History is given and then students start learning the content for GCSE.

If you’d like to find out more about our curriculum please email tuckerb@cityacademy.bristol.sch.uk, or contact Mr Tucker by calling 01179413800

Subject Hours Per Week Content
English 5 Year 9 prepares students for their GCSE examinations, allowing them to master, learn and remember knowledge and skills necessary to ensure a smooth transition to Key Stage 4. Students will begin to develop their critical reading skills, studying texts that appear to be controversial containing issues such as racism, religion and emotional wellbeing. Across the year they will study Much Ado About Nothing, poetry and a modern novel developing their ability to analyse and evaluate elements such as character, theme and the effect of a text on the reader. Students will develop their craft of writing and master the ability to engage the reader.
Maths 5 In year 9 pupils begin to be exposed to higher grade topics that they will need for GCSE. Topics covered include construction, cumulative frequency, angles in parallel lines, averages from tables, plotting linear and quadratic graphs, sequences, proportion, ratio, estimation, probability and compound interest. This will be the first time they have seen these topics but will build from their previous two years work. These topics will be revisited again in year 10 but allow the students to try them before they are in Key Stage 4, allowing them to play around with some of the concepts.
Science 4 In year 9 the students begin to follow the new GCSE science curriculum. The students will have the opportunity to achieve a double award or a triple award qualification through external examinations at the end of year 11. Despite the fact that formal practical assessment has been removed from the new specification the students will be expected to recall specific practical procedures and practical techniques for the external examinations and so practical work is still a prominent part of science at the academy.

During year 9 the students will have the opportunity to study the overarching concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will be assessed internally to establish the most appropriate pathways for their study in year 10 and 11 (be that the double science path or the triple science path).

PE 2 Students complete a plethora of different sports that aim to promote healthy active lifestyles, team work, critical thinking, coaching, leadership and analysis.
Computer Science 1 Computer science is a core subject within key stage 3 at the academy.  Students study a variety of units which ensure they:

– Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation

– Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems

– Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems

– Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Geography/History 2 In year 9 Geography we begin the GCSE content for Geography and we learn the physical Geography topics:

– Geography Skills
– Hazards – Plate Tectonics and Tropical Storms
– Living World – Ecosystems, tropical rainforests and hot deserts
– Physical Landscapes – UK landscapes, rivers and coasts

The focus for year 9 history is developing the skills needed to be successful at GCSE throughout the start of the year students will undertake a series of independent enquiries whilst examining ‘The Homefront’ and ‘Native Americans’. Students then move on to the first unit of the GCSE which is The People’s health 1250-present day.

Religious Education 1 Students begin the year with 2 modules that are a foundation for GCSE, they focus on evaluating a range of arguments:

– Looking for God – What do people believe God is like? What are the reasons for believing in God? What are the challenges to theism? How do you evaluate the evidence?
– Is Religion Dangerous? – Why do people think religion is dangerous? Does religion encourage terrorism? Why are people persecuted for their beliefs? Do religious leaders do good?

Students then begin Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies by describing, explaining and evaluating:
– Christian Beliefs
– Christian Practices
– Muslin beliefs
– Muslin practices

All of these will be linked to a selection of religious sources

Spanish 1 In Year 9 Spanish, we begin to prepare students for the new format of the GCSE exam. We aim to embed the key concepts students will be tested on in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Questions and content from the new exam is manipulated and exposed to students through a range of topics.

We cover identity and culture in:
–  Me, my family and friends,
– Technology in everyday life
– Free-time activities

Customs and festivals in Spanish speaking countries.

Art/Product Design/Catering 1 Art: You will create pieces that explore a range of techniques in Art, Textiles & Photography to prepare you for GCSE options

Design & Technology: You will do a mini GCSE project where you Design and Make a product

Catering: You will study the work of different chef’s and create your own exciting dishes, leading towards Catering courses at KS4

Music/Drama/PSHE 1 Drama: Students in Yr 9 begin exam preparation – we are using the AQA GCSE drama syllabus to offer a differentiated introductory; examination experience. The students will study 3 units; Developing drama using a theme, The experience of live theatre and exploring and creating meaning using a play-text. Regular formative and mock summative assessments will be a feature within this programme of study.

In PSHE in Year 9 students will be building on the 3 core topics that they have learnt in year 7 and 8:
1. Health and wellbeing
2. Relationships
3. Living in the wider world

There will be opportunities for students to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.