Year 9 Course outline: Most students will be working at levels 6 and 7 and looking to achieve a level 6 or 7 at the end of the year.
TERM 1 – Algebra 1 (sequences, functions, graphs of function). Number 1 (four rules of fractions, percentages and compound interest, reverse percentages, ratio, BODMAS). Algebra 2 (equations, formulae and identities, equations with fractions and squared terms, trial and improvement).
TERM 2 – Geometry 1 (angles in polygons, tessellations, construction of triangles, geometric reasoning and proof). Statistics 1 (scatter graphs and correlation, time series graphs, two way tables, comparing sets of data, statistical investigations). Geometry 2 (circumference and area of a circle, metric units of area and volume, surface area and volume of prisms).
TERM 3 – Number 2 (powers of 10, rounding and estimation, multiplying and dividing decimals, using a calculator and solving problems). Algebra 4 (factorising, index notation with algebra, squares and cubes and roots, distance time and real life graphs). Statistics 2 (probability, experimental probability and expected frequency).
TERM 4 – Geometry 3 (combinations of transformations, enlargements, planes of symmetry, congruency, map scales and map reading). Algebra 5 (expanding brackets (single and double), factorising, changing the subject of formulae, equations of straight line graphs of form ax + by = c).
TERM 5 – Geometry 4 (Pythagoras and trigonometry). Remainder of term is taking to support revision activities for end of KS3 formal assessment .
TERM 6 – Revision to support end of KS3 formal assessment.
Students will sit their end of KS3 formal assessment during the first 2 weeks of June. The remainder of the term will be used to start Module 1 of the GCSE Modular course.
Homework is set weekly for all students. Every other week homework will take the form of an online exercise which is marked immediately and monitored by teachers. The type of written homework set is varied, and could take the form of an investigation, creation of a powerpoint, creation of bank of questions, though more often homework will be designed to ensure that students have the opportunity to practise and consolidate the concepts developed in class. Homework is marked and graded, and students will be given feedback on what they need to do to improve and make further progress in the subject.