Year 9 have been working in teams this week to create videos of their responses to questions about forces in space, ethical issues astronauts face, how we could meet Human needs for life on Mars, and how discoveries and theories have influenced our understanding of space. Learners have investigated plans by SpaceX to colonise Mars, facts about planet Mars and discovered their weight forces on planets of our solar system by calculating mass x gravity. I’m looking forward to watching their out of this world videos!
The Year 9 learners have continued to develop their historical skills, using a variety of primary and secondary sources to investigate why people voted for Hitler. They have been challenged to think about the justice of a society that were allowed to democratically elect Adolf Hitler, this enabled the learners to develop their knowledge of post-World War 1 Germany, learning about the events leading up to Hitler’s rise, making links between the cause and effects that led Hitler’s rise to power. The learners have then applied this knowledge to write an essay to show what reason they think is the most important for why people voted for Hitler.
Learners explored graffiti and focused on learning how to make and cut stencils. Learners looked at artists such as “Blek le Rat” and “Banksy” and how they create their work. Learners chose an image, altered it in Photoshop while creating multiple layers, then cut and sprayed their own original work.
The Year 9 learners have been reading 'An Inspector Calls' and making connections between the different events and characters in the play. They have been exploring the role of the Inspector and how he is used to propagate J.B. Priestley's socialist message.
Having just refreshed and practised their decimal skills, Year 9 have now moved on to probability. From their Knowledge Harvest the Year 9s spoke about the language of probability, how it is measured and why Sunderland winning the Premier League is highly unlikely but not impossible. The Year 9s will continue their journey through probability and investigate the outcomes of certain games and why with the odds are stacked against them.
The Year 9 learners have been working on their Musical Futures ensemble project during the first two learning blocks. They came up with creative ways of expressing themselves through music and worked together in groups of their choice.
Learners have further developed their ability to outwit opponents and teams using strategies and tactics through football. Learners have learned to combine and perform more advanced football skills consistently applying fluency, a greater accuracy and higher quality of technique. They have focused on the fundamental principles of play when selecting and applying tactics for defending and attacking. Passing, shooting, control and heading have been developed through small sided games and conditional situations. They have also had the opportunity to develop their refereeing, coaching and self-assessment.