Humanities Faculty - Harefield Academy

Humanities Faculty - Harefield Academy

Year 9 Subject topics Useful Resources to support learning How our subjects will help your child at GCSE Year 9 English Topics and key areas for revision Year 9 English - Term One Novel: focus on developing skills for

reading SAT paper Poetry Anthology: on the theme of childhood Year 9 English - Term two Writing Triplets: Inform, explain, describe Argue, persuade, advise Analyse, review, comment Imagine, explore, entertain Shakespeare:

Much Ado About Nothing (2 KEY SCENES) Year 9 English - Term three SATs Revision for Reading Paper: non-fiction, media and fiction texts both modern and pre c20th GCSE English Lit and Lang coursework Media

Original Writing poetry Much Ado key scenes Much Ado About Nothing Act 4, Scene 1, lines 196 to 325 'Pause awhile,' to 'dead; and so, farewell.'

AND Act 5, Scene 4 (whole scene) 'Did I not tell you she was innocent?' to 'Strike up, pipers!' Revision website Everything that you need for the SAT exam will be provided in class time. Extra revision may be undertaken at these sites: Year 9 French Topics Term 1 Rendez-vous Paris: Parler des passe-temps Talking about pastimes Faire un voyage Making a journey Parler une famille franais Talking to a French family Term 1:

En Famille Prsenter ta maison ou ton apartement Showing someone round your home Dire comment on aide la maison Saying what you do to help around the house Parler de la tlvision Talking about television Term 2 Jai Cours Parler de ta routine matinale Saying what you do every morning

Parler de lcole et des matires Talking about school & subjects Parler de tes matires prfres et des professeurs Talking about your favourite subjects and teachers Term 2 Promenades Parler dun sjour Talk about a visit Prparer pour un dpart Getting ready to go away Parler dun week-end dans un village de vacances

Talking about a weekend in a holiday village Term 2: Tenses: Past and perfect tense Term 3: Au Club Dire de quel club tu fais partie Saying what clubs you belong to Dire ce quon fait au club Saying what you do in your club Discuter les activits

Discussing activities Term 3 a Ne Va Pas? Parler des maladies Talking about illness Parler dobjets perdus Talking about lost property Comprendre et commiquer avec les gens Understanding & communicating with people Term 3:

Tenses: Future tense Useful websites: Contact me if you have any questions about homework or expectations in English or Modern Foreign Languages [email protected]

Humanities Faculty History, Geography, RE, Enterprise. Geography Year 9 In the Autumn term students will study Brazil by looking at the climate, relief varying environments, urban-rural migration and the effects on the settlements. During the second half term we contrast this with a study of the Amazon Rainforest concentrating on conservation and what

we can do personally to protect this natural environment. The Spring term focuses on Japan, which involves energy production, industrial location factors, culture and coping with natural hazards. This is followed by coastal studies, the processes at work and then the management of the coastline around the UK. Students will consider climate change and global warning. During the Summer term we turn to issues concerning development looking at trade and aid, the role of NGOs and Fairtrade. The final area of study in Year 9 is called Conflict and Resolutions. Students will look at the Northern Ireland issue and compare this to the civil war in Rwanda. Geography - Books and Websites Students will use the core textbooks: Key Geography Places, Key Geography Interactions

ISBN 0748730303; Geog 2 ISBN 019 913414 6 Useful websites:;; ;; All topics studied in Year 9 are considered in depth at GCSE level with links to Earth Science and the Location of Business should students additionally consider studying Business Studies History Year 9 Autumn Term: Britain in the 20th Century (1750 1900)

What is the Industrial Revolution? How and why do we measure population change? How does life change for people in London 1750 1900? Why did Britain gain an Empire? Transportation The Agricultural Revolution The Transport Revolution The French Revolution

The American War of Independence Suffrage (building on the Levellers in Year 8) Chartism to Suffragette Spring term and Summer term: 20th Century World History

World War I (causes and key events) Weimar Germany Rise of Nazism and Nazi Germany Interwar 1919-1939 World War II Holocaust Can we ever justify the use of Atomic weapons? Cold War (brief analysis) United Nations and Modern Conflict Vietnam War Apartheid

History - Books and Websites Students will use the core textbooks: Head Start in History, Colonisation and Conflict 1750 - 1990 ISBN: 9780435323042 Modern World History for GCSE ISBN: 9780435311414 Living through History Core Book 3 ISBN: 9780435309633 Useful websites:;; PSHE Year 9 Personal, Social & Health Education Young people live in a world far removed from that which their parents experienced in their teens Ofsted

PSHE looks to prepare young people for life, working in groups and developing their listening skills. In the Autumn term students study the Year 9 aspect of our Learn2Learn (L2L) programme entitled Team learner. L2L enhances their achievements across all subjects. This is then followed by a unit of work concentrating on Careers. Here students understand about different skills required for different working environments. They research a variety of jobs and write a job profile about their possible choice of career. Students then learn how to write a CV and receive information about Connexions. Useful website www.Connexions

During the Spring and Summer terms students undertake a programme of study entitled Teen Big Brother. Here students will understand about different relationships and cultures, learn to respect other cultures and religions. Students will also cover part of the curriculum based on Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). These PSHE lessons will help students for GCSE by giving them confidence and skills to work in teams. Students will have individual access to Kudos to find out about skills and qualifications for their chosen careers and therefore be able to make the best option choices. Religious Education (R.E.) Year 9 Autumn Term: Buddhism

Introduction: Birth of the Buddha How the Prince became the Buddha, the four sights Buddhist Way of Life: Dukkha and following the Four Noble Truths The significance of Kamma/ Meditation Five precepts Eight-fold path What is a Buddhists goal in life? The eight auspicious signs.

Creating Mandalas Buddhist Festivals Monastic Life The Sangha Buddhists in Britain Spring Term: Christianity- Faith in Action

What do Christians believe? What is God like? Why Jesus is called the Saviour The Holy Spirit as our Comforter Christian Teenagers Christian Love Forgiveness

Go M.A.D. Stop the Traffik Being Disciples of Jesus The Angel of MercyMother Theresa The Salvation Army Introduction to Morality Making Decisions How do religious people make moral decisions Studying a film to explore moral dilemmas

Human Rights Intro to Capital Punishment What are we doing to the environment? What should we do to the environment? Animal issues-Right or Wrong? Is it right to eat animals? RE - Books and Websites

Teachers always aim to share new and interesting information with students by making use of several text books and other up to date resources. Students are encouraged to regularly read newspapers and watch relevant programmes on television. Useful websites:;; How will this subject help students at GCSE? At KS3 RE introduces students to the six major religions in the UK. At KS4 students will focus on the two major religions Christianity and Islam. KS4 RE is compulsory; students follow the Edexcel exam board. RE is a very strong subject at The Harefield Academy and students perform very well each year.

Homework: Students are given 30-45 minutes homework per week with a formal assessment every half term. Expectations: We encourage our students to have an awareness of the factors affecting these individual Humanities subjects. We also want them to be able to share ideas. How can you help?

Discuss issues with your son/daughter so that they can form their own opinions. Encourage them to take pride in their work and to be able to listen to others. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about subject content, homework or expectations in Humanities [email protected] ICT/Technology Faculty ICT, Design Technology, Food and Catering.

ICT Year 9 All students begin work on the OCR National ICT qualification. This is the beginning of their GCSE work 100% coursework no exams. The initial qualification (equivalent to one GCSE) consists of 2 units Unit 1 ICT Skills for Business Unit 21 Creating Computer Graphics ICT Year 9 (OCR National in ICT) Unit

21 Creating Computer Graphics We start the course with this unit. Students will work on the following tasks:Task 1: Research, collect and describe a range of existing graphics/images for use in web pages Task 2: Plan the production of a range of graphic images for a client, to be used on their website Task 3: Create a navigation bar or menu bar Task 4: Create a set of navigation buttons Task 5: Create an advertising banner Task 6: Present work to a client for a specific purpose, using a suitable format for display

ICT Year 9 (OCR National in ICT) Unit 1 ICT Skills for Business Students will begin working on this unit after completion of Unit 21. Tasks include:Task 1: File Management Task 2: Select and use tools and facilities to download files/information Task 3: Send and receive email messages Task 4: Create a simple business spreadsheet Task 5: Use a business database Task 6: Create a variety of business documents Task 7: Create a newsletter

Task 8: Create a presentation Task 9: Evidence of file management ICT Year 9 (OCR National in ICT) Useful Links crnationals/ict_level_2/index.html - exam board website and sample assignments - help with OCT National in ICT course

Design Technology Year 9 Topics Moisture Tester Project - a full design and make project used to provide the end of KS level for each pupil. This involves pupils soldering an electronic circuit together and then designing and making the housing for this. They choose their own target user and theme on which it is based. Pocket Torch Project - Pupils design and make a pocket torch and the packaging to go with it. Pupils must

identify the situation in which it would be used and the target user they are designing for. Graphics Project - still to be fully decided, but likely to design and make a point of sale display for BIC pens/pencils. Designed to give them an introduction to what GCSE Graphic Products entails. Also incorporated is some technical drawing and rendering techniques. Design Technology Why choose for GCSE?

Choosing Design and Technology either Resistant Materials or Graphic Products allows pupils to show they have good all round skills. It encourages them to problem solve, work independently and as a group and allows them to develop great confidence in their abilities. Also students that have natural talent and flair in practical subjects shine in Design and Technology. All Design and Technology lessons are FUN (ask the current Yr10's) and they will thoroughly enjoy studying either Resistant Materials or Graphic Products!! The courses are also good for pupils who enjoy

completing coursework as in is 60% coursework based. Design Technology Useful Links for all areas of D&T - good Food and Catering Year 9 Topics Autumn

Term Just desserts Desserts high in calcium for young children Why we cook food Principles and practice of grilling, baking, boiling, microwave cooking Spring and Summer term

Sainsbury Active Kids Get Cooking! Qualification Design and make a potato dish to sell at the school caf Healthy quick snack foods for teenagers when they get home from school Food and Catering Year 9 Topics These topics cover a range of basic cooking skills which give students experience in following recipes, measuring, weighing, food

preparation and presentation techniques. This is a good grounding for life skills and GCSE Hospitality and Catering and Entry level Catering Courses. Useful Link Active Kids Get Cooking! website kidsgetcooking/welcome.htm Food and Catering Preparation for GCSE These topics cover a range of basic cooking skills which give students experience in following recipes, measuring, weighing, food preparation and presentation techniques. This is a good

grounding for life skills and GCSE Hospitality and Catering and Entry level Catering Courses. Students who love' cooking or have a flair for practical work can achieve a good A-C grade in a subject they enjoy even if they dont particularly want to go in to the catering industry. Please feel free to contact me for further information on any aspect of ICT/Technology [email protected] Year 9 Science

General Information Students will all have received a Revision Guide and a set of 3 workbooks, in years 7 and 8. The workbooks are; Life Processes and Living Things (Biology), Physical Processes (Physics) and Materials (Chemistry). Where lost/damaged, replacements for these can be purchased from the department. Sentence construction and key words play an important part in achieving well in Science SATs. Students are encouraged

throughout the 3 years to practise these skills. They should also feature in their revision. Autumn Term Students work through key outstanding topics as in previous years Students are increasingly encouraged to use the Revision Guides and matching Workbooks, to continue to support their current studies and to begin revision of topics covered in years 7 and 8 Mock SATs Tests In

December students sit both Paper 1 and 2 of an actual SAT exam from a previous year. Papers are marked to allow teachers to assess the level of understanding of topics by both individual students and the group as a whole Students are informed of the results within the first week of the Spring Term Spring Term Individuals are made familiar with their own areas of weakness and encouraged to study these independently using

their Revision Guides, Workbooks and the and websites Teaching groups cover modules to suit the profile indicated as most needed from analysis of class answers to questions in their mocks. Spring Term and Summer Term Students will begin short revision lessons on all key topics and practise the relevant past SAT questions. Students will do peer and self assessment to help them understand

the topics on which they need to focus their attention, to maximise their potential in the tests Tips for Revision Success Keep attendance at a maximum to ensure continuity of class based learning and homework Ensure you have the relevant equipment available at all times; pens pencils, ruler, calculator, sharpener, rubber Make a note of the topics at which your are least confident. Use the and websites to go through

tutorials and tests to improve your understanding and recall of basic facts. Do this in short bursts several times a week. Repeat topics, especially the ones that you find tricky Makes sure you can draw and label graphs accurately and that you can read information from them Attend revision classes Post SAT Summer Term Students will begin to study for their chosen GCSE option Key emphasis is placed on understanding how scientists

investigate issues and produce theories and solutions to enhance the lives of all on Earth. Please feel free to contact me for further information on any aspect of Science [email protected] rg VPA Faculty Art, Music and Drama MUSIC

1. Term 1 Film music - composing a score for a favourite scene from a film. Students will study program music. They will learn about the various styles of music for film and TV. Students will learn about creating mood-music, sound-scapes and match visual and sounds effects. Term 2 Music and the media (e.g. jingles for adverts) - Students will create an animation and design the sound effects and music using and exploring electronic, digital and Foley techniques. Students will have access to various music software including audacity and sibelius. Term 3 Following on the theme of music and the media, students will investigate the various types of music magazines available. The content and part they play in the development, interest in and sales of popular music. The effect of what is portrayed has on popular

music styles. Students will also create their own music magazine Homework and home support Homework is normally set in project/homework pack form Includes research on famous performers and artists, key themes and historical ideas. Students will be expected to develop keyboard skills (solo and group)

Students are asked to broaden their musical experience by listening to less traditional music Students are best supported if they are encouraged to spend time after school practising the keyboards available or at home on their own instrument. They should be encouraged to listen to a wider variety of music, on CD or radio stations they would not normally tune into : Smooth Fm, world music stations. Ideally, students should have the chance to experience live music, in a

variety of styles when ever possible. , Radio, Free music festivals and concerts, music focused magazines. ART Art and Design - Key Stage 3 Overview The schemes of work for key stage 3 are designed to fulfil the national curriculum assessment criteria. Exploring and Developing Ideas Investigating and Making Art, Craft and Design Evaluating and Developing Work Lettering/Graphics students explore different lettering styles and the effects they create and produce an individual outcome. Exploring Fonts colour, scale, impact, design Decorative Lettering illuminated manuscript, ideograms. Portraits students explore difference techniques for producing portraits. Observational drawing proportions of the face, tonal shading, detail. Collage techniques exploring materials. ICT scanning, digital

photography, Photoshop. Artist Links various. Public Art, Design Project - students experience working to a brief to design an outcome which would be displayed in a public area. The design process briefs, clients, audience, research, cost, materials, health and safety. Artist Links various from different disciplines, sculpture, mural, relief, mosaic. Homework and home support Homework is set over two weeks and will include research on famous artists, key themes and stylistic features and ideas. Students will be expected to develop drawing skills along with their research, visual analysis and presentation skills.

Students are best supported if they are encouraged to take pride in and look after their own equipment and bring this to lesson. Sketch books are often bigger than most, so a suitable bag is needed if this is to be kept safe. Invest in equipment and somewhere to keep it safe. Visits to galleries etc. DRAMA 1. Genre : Students study a range of Drama genres including; Horror, Westerns, Thrillers etc. The SOW culminates in students creating a Movie Trailer which represents a genre of their choice. 2.

The Runaway : Students learn about the methods of Konstantin Stanislavskui a famous Theatre Practitioner and apply this to a SOW that looks at the issue of running away from home. They apply their knowledge into creating a three dimensional character. 3. Stanislavski: Students continue to study the methods of Stanislavski and apply them to a range of texts. 4. Craig & Bentley : Students will be exploring through performance the story of one of the last people in Britain to be executed. We will focus on the skills of characterisation and dramatic tension.

5. Racism : We will explore the significance of key social events and how these can be used as the basis for a drama stimulus. 6. Devising. Students will apply all of their learned skills and apply them to a project that will involve them working as both individual s and groups to create a final performance devised completely from their own imagination. Homework and home support Homework is set in a pack distributed at the start of each term. These homework packs are brought to lesson and checked and

normally contain plans, reflections and creative designs linked to topics covered in lessons. They are also asked to research and record ideas from various authors and key features covered. Students are best supported if they are encouraged to keep up with the demands of the pack. Constant reflection and independent thought is needed to have the project recorded and completed by the end of term. Every opportunity to see live theatre is a bonus Useful Web Sites TIMEOUT LONDON magazine Visits/Experience live performances of all types Encourage students to get involved in local arts activities Please feel free to contact me for further information on any aspect of

Art, Music or Drama. [email protected] Mathematics Faculty Year 9 Maths at The Harefield Academy Maths in year 9 is split up into 4 categories. Click on them below to find out what each one covers Number Useful websites Algebra Shape, space and measure Useful

books Data handling All work at KS3 is extended and built upon in the GCSE maths syllabus so a sound knowledge of the above provides an essential foundation for work at GCSE Number Using a Negative calculator numbers Estimation Rounding Sequences Place value Multiplication and division Factors, multiples

and primes Addition and subtraction Percentages, fractions and decimals Algebra Solving Forming equations equations Sequences Substitution Functions and graphs Simplifying expressions

Trial and improvement Inequalities Shape, space and measure Area and volume Angles Circles Construction Shape properties Scale

drawing Pythagoras Data handling Collecting Averages data Drawing graphs and charts Interpreting graphs and charts Probability

Useful websites: provides excellent explanations and exercises for all topics at KS3 as well as GCSE and A-level swheel.html - a selection of fun games covering all areas of the curriculum / - more explanation of the topics covered Has a throughout KS3.

number of links to other sites covering all areas of the curriculum. Particularly good for finding fun revision games There are a number of excellent revision books for maths. CGP offer a comprehensive selection of resources: Key stage 3 complete revision and practice Book Code: MHS31 RRP: 9.99 Level: All Format: Full Colour No. Pages: 208 ISBN: 978 1 84146 383 4 Key stage 3 revision

guide, levels 5-8 Book Code: MHR39 RRP: 4.50 Level: 5-8 Format: Full Colour No. Pages: 104 ISBN: 978 1 84146 030 7 Key stage 3 revision guide, levels 5-8 Book Code: MFR39 RRP: 4.50 Level: 3-6 Format: Full Colour

No. Pages: 112 ISBN: 978 1 84146 040 6 Please feel free to contact me for further information on any aspect of Maths [email protected]

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