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Year 9 Themes


Year 9 themes provide a transition between Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Below you can see the outline of themes in Year 9.


Review and exam weeks will be held twice during the year, in January and in the Summer term.

This is a Humanities based theme that begins with students discussing the different elements of the theme and the driving question. They then revisit religious views about creation and how people explain how Earth was made. Students investigate what Earth is like through a study of the impact of factors on ecosystems and an in-depth study of a chosen ecosystem. From here, students study the impact of weather on Earth and the people who live there before moving on to a study of the physical geography of Africa. The next area of study involves how humans have affected Earth from drawing borders in Africa in the 19th century, through different rates of development to the impact of different factors internationally and locally, summing up with the impact of climate change. Students then study attitudes to ‘Whose Earth it is anyway?’ by investigating the impact of fake news on climate change and ending with religious and personal views about stewardship and who should protect Earth.

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This is a Humanities based theme particularly focussed on History and RE. At its heart is the tragedy of the Holocaust. It begins with a wellbeing activity to address the impact some of the issues involved in the theme may have. Students may find the issues upsetting. The activity supports the students in how they should deal with this. The History section allows students to understand how the Nazis rose to power to see the impact of the end of World War I on Germany and how this and other factors allowed the Nazis to take advantage of discontent and come to power. A study of World War II covers Axis advances (Operation Dynamo and Battle of Britain), the turning points of 1942–43, the impact of war on civilians (the London Blitz). It finished with a question about the end of the war looking at Dresden and Hiroshima and how their tragic outcomes have been justified by the need to end tragedy elsewhere.

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DRIVING QUESTION: Why is China the most modern superpower?

The intention of this theme is to examine the nation of China and explore its worldwide significance and influence. Students will study the physical geography of China and how the climate of certain areas of China are different and some reasons why this is the case. Students then investigate the importance of physical geography in China and how humans use their environment and try to mitigate some of their impacts on it – the One Child Policy. Students then reflect on the Buddhist faith and values, comparing their own belief systems to those of other cultures. Moving onto a brief history of China and how different types of government have affected the country. Student look at China and its economic impact in the 20th and 21st Centuries, evaluating the reasons why it has become one of the modern superpowers.