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Year 9 - Summer Learning Projects

At the end of this term, we have launched Summer Learning Projects for all subjects that will support the learning of students during the break as well as prepare them for their return to full-time schooling in September. These projects will be set on the Google Classroom pages for each subject, can be completed at students’ own pace and time during the summer break, and should be submitted on Google Classroom by Tuesday 1st September. We look forward to celebrating the efforts of students in completing these projects at the start of the new academic year. More information about each of these projects can be found below. 

Subject

Project Overview

Art

Students will be learning about how to create a perspective artwork, which will include making a presentation about perspective in art, drawing a mindmap of ideas for your artwork, researching artists, and designing their final piece. 

Business 

Following on from their work this module on people in business, students have got to complete a full recruitment process, from job advert, to application, designing interview questions/activities and then designing staff training including induction, on-the-job and off-the-job.

Dance

As preparation for the study of the three main set pieces in September ( “Emancipation of Expressionism”, “West Side Story” and “A Linha Curva”),  students  are going to collect information about the choreographer, the composer, the company and the different dance styles of each piece.This will allow students to have a better understanding of the background of the companies, the cultural/contextual influences of each set piece and the choreographer’s influences that can later can be identified on the set piece. 

Drama

Students will be reading the play ‘Blood Brothers’ and to work through a series of activities on its context, characters, themes as well as design concept. This is an exciting opportunity for students to familiarise themselves with the play as they prepare for Year 10 and subsequently, Section B of their Drama GCSE written exam.

Engineering 

Students will be completing assignment 1b, a design product where students need to redesign an existing product. They will need to follow the design process to provide a final design proposal. 

English

In this summer home learning project students are going to be thinking about the idea that writers intentionally make choices about the language they use. It fits into the GCSE Literature work and it is going to make students better at analysing literature as they will be practising their analytical reading and essay writing skills. 

French

Students will be developing their confidence in using interactional language. They will be completing a grammar and vocabulary booklet leading on to preparing answers to a set of  jobs/careers questions. Activities include carrying out some research into their ideal job and developing their knowledge of the future tense.

Geography

Students will be preparing for our first module back in Year 10, focusing on weather, climate and ecosystem. Their first task will require them to research the key facts about tropical cyclones, understand the difference between low and high pressure systems and explain how they form. The second task is more research based; they will create an engaging presentation about a tropical cyclone/hurricane of their choice, explaining the key causes, effects and responses to these extreme weather events around the world. 

History

Students will be recapping their learning of Weimar and Nazi Germany. They will have to complete at least one task from a menu of interactive and informative tasks on ‘Read’, ‘Watch’ and ‘Do’, introducing students to a range of articles, podcasts, documentaries and research based activities. 

ICT

Students will have the opportunity to recap and embed their prior learning on pre production skills, as well as look at new topics in preparation for Year 10. They are to work through the list of topics in a table, using a host of interactive video based resources to support their learning. 

Mathematics

Students are being asked to engage in several investigations starting with the practice of basic number, geometry, statistics and probability, before moving on to develop enquiry based techniques to develop and test their own hypothesis. 

Music 

In this project, students are going to imagine they are a record label looking for new musical talent. Using BBC Sounds, students will be researching and writing briefs on new artists, their background and styles of music and music production. Once they have chosen their preferred artist, they will be designing a launch for an artist’s EP. 

Science 

This project will be helping students prepare for Year 10 study through the research and creation of presentations on topics such as respiration, metabolism, gas pressure, isotopes, blood and electricity. 

Spanish 

Students will be developing their confidence in using interactional language. They will be completing a grammar and vocabulary booklet leading on to preparing answers to a set of  jobs/careers questions. Activities include carrying out some research into their ideal job and developing their knowledge of the future tense.

Sport 

As preparation for the study of Unit RO51 (the exam unit), students  are going to collect information by analysing different sources on performance enhancing drugs. A range of quick multiple choice quizzes are going to support the research and analysis completed by the students. This will allow students to have a better understanding of one of the most interesting and complex topics of the exam unit of this course. 

Health and Social Care

Students will be carrying on their work on Component 1 by drawing upon prior learning and experience a more practical approach to the content. Students will select 2 or 3 barriers that they are most interested in and to research and gather their research on a PowerPoint presentation and present it to the whole class. Students will include who the barrier affects, how it affects different people depending on their situation, the possible solutions and give some real examples from local services.