In Year 9 this week we have been learning more about theories of matter and the periodic table. Learners began by reviewing their knowledge on states of matter, elements, compounds and mixtures, then finding out about the parts of an atom. They worked on their skill of drawing scientific diagrams and were then able to understand why some atoms are reactive (or not) based on their structure. We then explored how theories have changed our understanding of the world around us and the importance of evidence.
Year 9 learners are investigating contemporary geographical issues, such as the question of deforestation in South East Asia, dams in the Mekong Region and access to resources in the South China Sea. They have been developing their enquirers personal goal by investigating how these issues have two sides of an argument. Issues such as these are open to INTERPRETATION over who is right and wrong.
On Wednesday, we had our Middle Years Celebration of Learning. Families and learning facilitators joined us to watch wonderful presentations and performances which demonstrated learning that has been done in music, drama, science and PE. Thank you to those of you who joined us, and well done to all of our hardworking learners!
Year 9 learners have been exploring poetry in language arts. They have revised and broadened their knowledge of poetic devices, and they have identified these devices in poems then commented on their effects. Currently, they are writing their own poems, based on their interpretation of a piece of art work.
Learners in Year 9 have been incredibly reflective and shown great reasoning in the last two weeks as they reviewed and extended their work on straight line graphs. They had to interpret information from a line graph to find the equation by identifying the y-intercept and calculating the gradient. They also demonstrated their understanding by interpreting the equations to justify whether lines would be parallel or perpendicular. Finally, they discovered that simultaneous linear equations could be solved graphically (they solved them algebraically last year) by finding the point of intersection. Some challenging topics which all the learners have made fantastic progress with.
Year 9 are learning about surrealism and the artists Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. Learners are experimenting with collage through mixed media artwork to create their own unique work using the key elements of surrealist work.
Year 9 learners are coding in Python. In our first lesson we setup our computers in order to be able to run Python, this included downloading a text editor, learning how to use Powershell and running Python. We then started to code learning about syntax, testing and debugging.