In year 9 students have 30 lessons a week, these are allotted as follows:

Number of lessons per subject

Below is a general overview of the topics students are taught throughout the year in each subject.

After the February half term students pursue either GCSE history or GCSE geography, and have four lessons a week of their selected option. This helps develop student confidence, supporting student progress in their selected Ebacc humanities subject.

In the final half term of year 9 students begin to pursue all their GCSE options.

For a more in depth outline of each subject please click on the link for the subject page.

If you would like to speak to us about any aspect of our curriculum, or to request a printed version of our topic map, please get in touch.


Identity Project:
• portraits
• objects
• landscapes
• final piece
GCSE introduction: food

Visit our art page for more information


• Heroes of computing
• Hour of code
• AppShed
• Future technology
• Trip planner
• The dark side of IT

Visit our computing page for more information

Dance, media or music

Students choose from one of the following

• Emancipation of expressionism
• Set phrase and choreography
• A linha curva

• Class band
• Musical theatre
• Composing
• Live music performance
• Performance brief

• Advertising
• Film Representation

For more information

Visit our dance page
Visit our music page


Visit our creative and expressive arts page for more information on media

Design and technology

• Food- high skills
• Engineering- games controller
• Engineering- presentation stand
• Product design- set design
• Product- design trainer

Visit our D & T page for more information


• Noughts and crosses
• Devising
• Realism

Visit our drama page for more information


• Non-fiction writing
• Celebrating BAME authors (novel study)
• Descriptive writing
• Narrative writing
• Exploring writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
• Writing for specific purposes
• Writing for specific audiences
• Power and conflict in Shakespeare
• Comparative reading

Visit our English page for more information


• Geography rocks
• Small world; big issues
• Tectonic hazards
• Climatic hazards
• Resource management: energy
• Rivers

Visit our geography page for more information

Global awareness

• Relationships
• Being human
• Wellbeing
• Study skills
• Transition

Visit our global awareness page for more information


• WW1
• The rise of the nazis and the holocaust
• History post WW2
• Medicine through time
• WW1: injuries, treatments and the trenches

Visit our history page for more information


• Standard form
• Linear graphs
• Algebra
• Surds and indices [H}
• Ratio and proportion – recap
• Direct and inverse proportion
• Congruence
• Loci and construction
• Simultaneous equations
• Statistics
• Pythagoras and trigonometry
• Quadratics
• Transformations
• Probability

Visit our maths page for more information

Modern foreign languages

Students choose from one of the following

• Tourism
• Media and technology
• Culture and customs

• Film study
• Future plans/ jobs
• All about Germany
• Identity and culture

• Healthy lifestyles
• Free time and technology
• Jobs and future employment
• The Hispanic world

Visit our modern foreign languages page for more information

Philosophy and ethics

• Multiculturalism
• P4C
• What is P&E like at GCSE?
• The holocaust and genocide
• Medical ethics
• Crime and punishment

Visit our philosophy and ethics page for more information

Physical education

• Preparing for exercise
• Movement
• Developing technique
• Teamwork
• The benefits of physical activity
• Scoring systems
• Competition
• Officiating
• Tactics and strategies
• Methods of training
• Achieving a personal best
• Valuing physical activity
• Analyse a performance
• Fitness testing
• Leadership
• Making informed choices

Visit our PE page for more information


• Stem cells
• Cell transport
• Circulatory system
• Cell division
• System damage
• Plant transport
• Photosynthesis

Biology learning journey

• Periodic properties
• Subatomic particles
• Atom conservation
• Combustion
• Exo/endothermic
• Reactivity series
• Product life cycle
• Potable water

Chemistry learning journey

• Vectors
• Newton’s 1st law
• Acceleration
• Heat transfer
• Pressure
• Specific and latent heat
• Wave model
• Longitudinal and transverse
• Wave properties

Visit our science page for more information