Year 9 Assessments

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find below some key information to help you support your child in their impending assessments.

Your child will undertake coordinated assessments in all subjects in their second Assessment Window from Monday 22nd February- Friday 12th March. The results of these assessments, together with the teacher assessed grade, and an outline of areas for improvement or development, will be reported home the w/c Monday 22nd March.

Please find below an overview of revision for each subject. Please encourage your child to complete any revision tasks set by their class teacher on Show My Homework. Your child should also use their Knowledge Organisers to revise; these be found here:

SubjectTopics to revise
Art /
Design & Technology
ART – Y9 Distorted Portraits & Identity project- Knowledge Organiser DT- Students should revise using the relevant Knowledge Organiser from their current unit and review the materials, techniques and processes involved in their design and practical work. RM: Keepsake box; Food: Jam tarts, Quiche, Bakewell, Swiss roll, Vegetable lasagne, Calzones; Graphics: Designer Clock; Textiles: Cushion.  
Computer ScienceStudents will need to have knowledge of previously covered topics in Term 1. Students will also need to have knowledge of python programming and programming constructs, such as sequence, selection, iteration. Students should be able to identify the different flowchart symbols and understand/create flowcharts.
All content is covered on the 9.1 and 9.2 Knowledge Organiser.  
DramaCreating pitch presentations about TV show they have created this term. Students should ensure you use the template to prepare and then record via voice note or camera  
EnglishThe assessment will be an extended analysis of the character of Curley’s Wife in the novel Of Mice and Men. Students should revise the narrative, characters, contextual information, key quotations and Steinbeck’s methods.
GeographyHuman rights – Students will be assessed on the content covered so far in this unit.  Students will need to be able to explain what are the fundamental human rights and how they are protected under the UNDR.  They will need to understand the rights of the child, the right to education and the issues related to gender inequality and why these are important for development.  
HistoryStudents need to revise all content covered so far on the Cold War – origins, events and causes of tension between the East and West.  There will be an extended written piece on the significance of the Cold War in relation to international tension – students need to focus on the impact of Soviet expansion, the arms race, the US and USSR after WW2 and events including the Berlin Blockade and Airlift.  
MathsFurther detail about the content of the units can be found on Rainford Connect                                          Higher tier (9R1, R2, R3, H1, H2 and H3) N1 Integers, N2 Rounding, GM1 Properties of Polygons N3 Fractions, N4 Decimals, N5 Percentages (basic percentages) Foundation tier (9R4, R5, H4 and H5): N1 Integers, N2 Rounding, A1 Use of symbols, GM1 Angles, GM2 Properties of triangles, GM3 Properties of polygons, N3 Fractions, N4 Decimals.  
MFL (Spanish)Types of film and TV programs, uses of the internet, advantages and disadvantages of social media, music. Lists 9.14 – 9.17 in the knowledge organiser will help with key vocab for the topic. Students will also be required to draw on prior knowledge of grammar, such as adjectival agreement and tenses.  
MusicCompletion of EDM piece on Band Lab. Written assessment/listening activity around key vocabulary used in Music Technology and EDM  
REAbortion and the arguments for and against. Students need to focus on UK abortion law, when conception begins and Christian teachings regarding abortion.  
ScienceDepending on the science topic the class is working through, the assessment will involve either:
Biology- Cell biology
This includes animal & plant cells, eukaryotes & prokaryotes, microscopes & magnification, cell differentiation and stem cells.
Chemistry- Atomic structure & the periodic table This includes Atoms, elements & compounds, filtering & evaporation, simple distillation, fractional distillation, chromatography, development of the atomic model, structure of the atom, isotopes and electronic structure.
Physics- Energy This includes energy stores & systems, conservation of energy, energy transfers in a system, work done, kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy and specific heat capacity.

Students should use knowledge organisers and lesson resources on google classroom to help with their revision.  

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This assessment window will provide an opportunity for teachers and students to review learning and progress, and any support you can provide in line with the school’s provision will be highly beneficial. If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s subject teacher. Information on each department, including staff contact details and a termly overview of topics taught per subject, can be found on our website: https://rainford.org.uk/ks3-curriculum/.

If you have any queries regarding your child’s progress in general, please contact your child’s Learning Leader, Mr Stow (r.stow@rainford.org.uk) or Pastoral Leader, Mrs Sheedy (l.sheedy@rainford.org.uk).

Yours faithfully,

M Winn

Miss M Winn

Assistant Principal Quality Assurance and KS3 Assessment.