Year 9 Curriculum

In Year 9 students begin to study the GCSE Maths, Science and Language courses as well as continuing to study a broad range of subjects to prepare her for further GCSEs that will start in Year 10.

Humanities Subjects

Students study 2 periods of Geography and History in Year 9, these highly academic subjects help our students understand themselves and others through their histories and cultures. These subjects contribute to student’s moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world developing our students into informed and critical citizens. Students are encouraged to think creatively and to ask questions about our world whilst building skills in writing and critical reading.

Language and Creative Choices

At Sarah Bonnell we give students the opportunity to choose which creative subjects and which languages they will focus on in Year 9. This provides the opportunity for students to have more lesson time specialising in these subjects and gaining deeper knowledge in preparation for Year 10.

GCSE Language Courses Available to Study in Year 9

Language Choices

Creative Courses Available to Study in Year 9

Creative Subject Choices

Access and Inclusion

A&I support students with a learning profiles through 1:1 in-class support and small-group literacy interventions such as Lifeboat literacy and Social Skills and Occupational Therapy.  Students’ progress and attainment is assessed and provision is then personalised to help target specific areas for development.

Higher Able

In Year 9, higher able students will continue to be stretched and challenged as they access an increasingly challenging and engaging curriculum. The provision of exciting extra-curricular opportunities inside and outside of school continues, and more options such as STEM clubs become optional. The most able students continue to be a part of a bespoke Scholarship programme which offers a range of activities and visits.

Extended Learning Days

To support all of the students at Sarah Bonnell we have an exciting and stimulating programme of 6 Extended Learning Days across the Year, where the students are off-timetable for the day, participating in enriching activities to support their learning.

The purpose of Extended Learning Days are to:

  • Allow students the opportunity to experience learning outside of the classroom through a comprehensive visits and events calendar
  • Encourage students to reflect on how they are preparing to become global citizens through engaging workshops and guest speakers
  • Promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth by engaging with topics that promote mutual respect and cohesion

The aim of the Art Curriculum Area at Sarah Bonnell School is to foster an ethos of excellence and achievement through creative thought and enquiry. We encourage all students to take risks and to creatively and imaginatively develop their ideas through experimentation with materials and through studying the work of both contemporary and modern artists and cultures from around the world.

Creative Industries are becoming increasingly important to the UK and to World Economies. We believe that is important that are students are prepared for this ever changing world of work through a wide ranging curriculum covering many different areas. Creativity, problem solving and flexibility are all important qualities in our modern and ever changing world, so we strive to develop these within the students we teach.  

Year 9

Throughout KS3, students are taught to use a wide range of different materials and techniques, in order to develop an in-depth understanding of the subject area. Students work to develop drawing skills, use chalk and oil pastels, ink, paint, print making, collage, ICT and photography as well as experimenting with sculptural materials such as wire, mod roc, card and clay.

Recent projects include; a portrait painting project looking at the work of Frida Kahlo, an Urban Landscapes project, were students either went on a Shoreditch Street Art tour, or took part in a series of photography workshops with artist Ania Bas, focusing on the local area and developing photography skills. 

Visits to galleries, artist workshops and extra-curricular clubs and activities also form an important part of our curriculum at KS3.

In Year 9 students complete an Urban Landscapes project, which enables students to engage with their environment and the work of Street Artists to create a collaborative response. Students then study the theme of Identity through the work of Grayson Perry.

Sarah Bonnell and Bow Arts Consortium

We are also part of the Sarah Bonnell and Bow Arts Consortium, with Bow Arts, 4 local primary schools and one local nursery. Through the consortium, schools have access to artist workshop days, visits, professional development and collaborative planning days. We recently celebrated a very successful first year of this collaboration with a day of workshops and an exhibition attended by the consortium schools, teachers and students, artists and parents and carers.

Some of the projects we have been involved with include:

  • Arts Award Bronze for Year 7 and 8 students with artist Victoria Burgher
  • Year 7 and 8, 10 week club with photographer Marysa Dowling
  • A Year 9 photography project with artist Ania Bas
  • Year 10 visit to the Joseph Cornell Exhibition and a series of workshops with artist Liane Harris
  • A drawing master class for Year 11 students with artist Ceri Davies
  • We look forward to another successful year and widening of the consortium.
Design and Technology

At Sarah Bonnell, the aim of Design technology is to prepare students for the rapidly advancing technological world. We aim to provide all students the opportunity to be empowered through creative problem solving. Independence and taking ownership of own learning is at the heart of the subject and embedded in projects through activities inside and outside of the classroom. Innovative projects are being designed to provide experiences for inquisitive individuals to explore different material areas.

Our friendly department strives to ensure that all students value the school ethos of;

‘Be proud. Aim high. Work hard. Be nice. No excuses’

Year 9


In year 9, students have one lesson of theory and one lesson of practical technology per week. Each unit of 12 weeks focuses on a practical project of their choice (Textiles/ Product or Mixed Media) building on the theory behind using different materials that they learnt in KS3. To ensure students are aware of the rigour of GCSE Technology practice exam questions and written homework are embedded within live group projects geared towards preparing students for their final exam and coursework module in year 11.

Introduction to GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

Students will learn more in depth knowledge and understanding of ingredients and their food provenance along with a growing awareness of social, cultural and environment issues that impact on choices.They will also get a chance to look at different dietary requirements and create dishes for a specific dietary need. Students will consolidate their understanding of how to conduct a food science investigation and will learn more about the functional and working characteristics of ingredients. Students will also start to look at dovetailing their time in practical lessons and will look at ways to present dishes to a professional standard.

Computing & Business

At Sarah Bonnell School we aim to ensure that every student has the opportunity to learn and achieve in Computing. Students are taught a variety of skills in their Computing lessons which they will use throughout their lives in and out of school. During their Computing studies students are taught how to code using various programming languages. This in turns enables students to develop their computational thinking and develops their skills further in the subject.

Students have the latest computers in class as well as access to IPads. We aim to encourage students to become independent and confident learners. The digital world is constantly changing and we encourage our students to become producers of products and to further study computing once they leave school. As a department we hope to provide students with the best Computing, IT & Business experience.

Year 9 

In year 9 we deliver Business Studies which is a highly desirable subject which offers students an insight into the real working world as well as equipping them with a wide and varied knowledge of Marketing, Finance and Accounts, Operations Management, Human Resource Management and the External Environment and Economy.

Students are also introduced to Business during the year 9 Computing lesson, they take part in an Enterprise challenge entitled ‘The Tenner Challenge!’ students get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. It will give them an opportunity to think of a new business idea and make it happen, using real money to take calculated risks in the business field, make a profit – and make a difference. 


In Computing students advance their current knowledge of computer programming skills, through writing more complicated programs. They further their knowledge and understanding of hardware, software and internet technologies.  

Year 9 Computing curriculum includes: 

  • History & Future technology
  • Game design using App invention
  • Tycoons in Business
  • Programming with Python
  • System Architecture
  • IT

In IT students advance their knowledge of current and emerging technologies. This course is engaging and allows students to use a range of IT tools and techniques to help solve a problem. Students are able to develop their ability to work collaboratively.

Year 9 IT curriculum includes: 

Creative projects

Binary Numbers, and how they are used to represent of text, images and sound
Coding using the Python programming language (beginners and advanced)
Computational thinking (incorporating algorithms, flowcharts, Boolean algebra, hexadecimal)
Computer Networks and the Internet
Online Safety (incorporating web design)
Creating animation, video editing and special effects


In Business, students start by exploring the world of small businesses through the lens of an entrepreneur. They learn how to develop an idea, spot an opportunity and turn it into a successful business. Students will understand how to make a business effective, manage money and see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved.

Then students move on to investigating business growth. Students learn about key business concepts and issues and decisions they need to make when growing a business and working in a global business. They learn about meeting customer needs and explore how the wider world impacts the business as it grows.

Year 9 Business curriculum includes: 

  • How and why do business ideas come about 
  • What makes a successful business 
  • How a business develops beyond the start-up phase
  • Customer needs
  • Marketing, operational, financial and human resourcing 

The Drama Curriculum Area at Sarah Bonnell School seeks to build a learning culture of aspiration, achievement and creativity. We aim to empower our students through the development of excellent communication and collaborative skills whilst instilling confidence. We feel that the study of Drama reflects the ethos of our school motto: 

Be Proud: Students are proud to showcase their work both in class and at extra-curricular events and performances.
Aim High: Students are challenged to push themselves – be it to increase their confidence or perform at the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
Work Hard: Students work hard to achieve great results, be it at GCSE or as a performer in school productions.
Be Nice: Drama is all about communication, working with others and having great team work skills.
No Excuses: Everyone has an important role to play in Drama, be it performing, directing or technical support.

Year 9 

In Year 9 students continue to develop and improve on their performance, literacy and analytical skills through practical and written assesments ensuring that they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to study the subject at GCSE.

Throughought KS3 the curriculum area runs trips to the theatre to build students skills of reviewing a live performance, which is necessary as this is a specific component of the GCSE course. 

Year 9 curriculum includes:

  • Devising Gothic –  Creating Drama through a range of Stimuli
  • The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time – Texts in Practice
  • Understanding Shakespeare – Exploration of the Text through Drama
  • Noughts and Crosses – Understanding Text though Drama

Students also have the opportunity to perform in a number of forums including lesson as well as extra-curricular activities such as school productions, assemblies and showcase evenings.

Over the years the Drama Curriculum Area has built excellent relationships with world renowned institutions including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The National Theatre, The Barbican, UCL: Insitutue of Education. In addition to this, students have the opportunity to work with a range of professional actors who regularly run workshops here at the school.


In English, at Sarah Bonnell School we foster a deep passion for reading, inspiring students to develop competent communication skills that will help them to succeed in all areas of life. We also encourage students to develop a sense of ownership over their learning in English.

We are immensely proud of the outstanding improvements and attainment reached by students at the end of KS4, where results in English Language, English Literature and Media Studies are all above the national average for girls. Our summer 2018 results of 78% Grades 9-4 in English Language, and 86% Grades 9-4 in English Literature establish us a highly successful curriculum area.

Year 9

Year 9 curriculum includes:

  • 19th Century Novel: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by R. L Stevenson
  • Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet
  • Poetry – Contemporary & Literary Heritage from the AQA GCSE Anthology (Love & Relationships)
  • Reading Non-fiction
  • Creative Writing: Descriptive or Narrative Writing; Writing to Explain a Point of View
  • Accelerated Reading in the Learning Hub

In History at Sarah Bonnell we value the contributions of all peoples and cultures in shaping our present world. We wish to instil this in our students to learn from the past and prepare for the future through being independent, broad-minded thinkers and responsible global citizen. We also hope to be able to add value and celebrate differences.

We aim for our students will understand their place in British History and feel a sense of belonging and identity. We hope they leave their history lessons being able to enjoy lessons through active engagement and curiosity. Students should leave history as independent critical thinkers and they should understand the relevance of the past and that the past and present interact.

2018 results were above national average with 29% achieving grades 9-7 and 68% achieving grades 9-4, which equates to a Progress 8 score of +0.16.

Year 9

We teach an enquiry based learning where each topic will have a question in which students will work towards. Enquiries cover a mixture of breadth (e.g. exploring a range of issues) and depth (e.g. focusing on answering the enquiry questions) as well as local history. In year 9 students continue to develop their knowledge of core concepts in preparation for Year 10 and 11.  

Year 9 curriculum includes:

  • Was the First World War the Great War?
  • How did Women win the right to vote?
  • How did the civil rights movement change the lives of African Americans?
  • Why was the Holocaust able to happen?

The Mathematics Curriculum Area uses Edexcel Specification and units taught build on existing Key Stage 3 learning, whilst also introducing new mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills. All students follow the National Curriculum to their appropriate level, covering number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics. Recognising the importance of Mathematics in their own lives and in society, students learn to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

Year 9

In light of new curriculum changes to GCSE, Key Stage 4 teaching begins in Year 9 where student gain a solid understanding of Foundation GCSE. In Year 10 and Year 11 students are taught either the Higher or Foundation GCSE specification. High achieving students in Year 10 also have the opportunity to work on the AQA Certificate in Further Maths. 



Username: student school login followed by @sarahbonnell
Password: mathswatch

Mathswatch is an online programme which gives students access to videos and practise questions with answers for the full mathematics curriculum. Teachers are also able to set homework through Mathswatch.

Mathswatch is an excellent resource for:

  • Researching a topic before a lesson
  • Reinforcing knowledge from class
  • Revising for exams
  • Catching up with work after absences


Select student log-in and your daughter will be able to enter a password (we suggest she uses the same as her school password in case she forgets it).

Collins Connect gives your daughter online access to the textbook which she uses in class. Your daughter will be able to access all examples and questions in the book, as well as be set exercises for homework by her teacher.

Exam Boards & Links for syllabus

At Sarah Bonnell we use the Edexcel exam board for Maths

Schemes of Learning for Year 9 and 10 can be found on the link below by following GCSE Maths (9-1) for Edexcel. Year 11 classes work from personalised Schemes of Learning appropriate for that class.


Sarah Bonnell offers students an extensive range of musical opportunities and aims to give all students a rich and exciting experience of music. The Music Curriculum Area offers students the chance to explore their creativity and expression through a variety of mediums. All students are encouraged to take part in practical music making, which ranges from class singing and guitar playing to joining one of the school’s extra-curricular clubs. 

Music is constantly changing and the use of music technology is a massive part of the music that we listen to today. We are therefore very proud at Sarah Bonnell to have state of the art iMac computers networked to the school server and a professional standard studio. Students are able to explore music technology in lesson time with high level equipment and also record themselves using the music studio

Year 9

In Year 9 students choose whether to carry on Music, and those who do are allotted double the curriculum time, and further opportunities to refine their skills and turn their hands to more complicated music pieces and skills. Recent projects have culminated in three year 9 lunchtime concerts which were organised and planned by the students themselves, featuring year 9 performances. Year 9 students also went on to complete their Silver Arts Award, equivalent to half a GCSE, by planning and promoting the Summer Showcase.

Year 9 curriculum includes:

  • Classical Remix
  • Class Ensemble
  • Film Music
  • Going solo...

Extra-Curricular Clubs

The Music Curriculum Area run many extra-curricular activities ranging from the vocal groups ‘Chamber Choir’ and ‘Young Voices’, to the SB Mega Band! There are rehearsals and groups every lunchtime and after school, where students of any ability are able to come together and perform music.

  • SB Mega Band
  • Chamber Choir
  • Young Voices
  • Guitar Club
  • Jazz Band
  • String Group
  • Drum Works
Physical Education

The PE Curriculum Area is extremely committed to providing a safe, relevant and inclusive curriculum. Every student will take part in at least two hours of PE a week and the extra-curricular opportunities are vast. PE is an imperative part of the school week as it is the only subject that enables students to focus on their physical development and movement.

The PE Curriculum Area looks to deliver the curriculum with energy, vigour and flair. It will provide a wide variety of sports, ensuring that students can pursue their sporting interest both inside and outside of school. A strong emphasis is also placed on educating students about the importance of Health and Fitness, and encouraging the pupils to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

We seek to promote a culture of achievement, leadership, teamwork, participation and sportsmanship to ensure every student in PE is successful. 

Year 9

We aim to provide the following outcomes for students:

  • To create learners who have high aspirations and go onto success in to Years 10 and 11
  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all students where they learn, enjoy and participate in PE outside of lessons and school
  • To create a successful criteria that inspires and motivates students to want to make progress to have clear steps in place to make improvements
  • To be able to evaluate their own and others performance levels within an open environment/competition
  • To demonstrate the ability to make progress with regards to their physical ability, social awareness, their creativity levels, their resilience and their health/well being

The following sports are taught:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Climbing
  • Dance
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Handball
  • Cricket
  • Gymnastics

At Sarah Bonnell we offer a spiral curriculum which develops the students’ Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education enabling them to further enhance their confidence and the contribution they make to the local, national and global community. Form time is an integral part of this and we provide a well-structured and purposeful start to the day through this medium. The curriculum follows the three core subjects of the PSHE Association: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Through these core themes, our form time curriculum promotes leadership, wellbeing, resilience and spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of education, and compliments our curriculum and Enhanced Learning Days.

Year 9

Health and Wellbeing
Core theme: A greater understanding of ourselves and the impact we can make on the communityCore theme: How to look after yourself and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • H22: to perform basic life saving skills
  • H23-:Bikeability programme- to develop road safety skills
  • influences on their decisions about the use of substances
  • H25: Students to research what is a legal
  • substance and an illegal substance
  • H28: inform students of personal and
  • social risks and consequences of
  • substance use and misuse
  • H27: to recognise and manage different
  • H13: the benefits of physical activity and exercise and the importance of sleep
  • H14: to recognise and manage what influences their choices about exercise
  • H15: the importance of, and strategies for, maintaining a balance between work, leisure and exercise
  • H16: what constitutes a balanced diet and its benefits
  • H17: what might influence their decisions about eating a balanced diet
  • H18: how the media portrays young people; to recognise it’s possible impact on body image and health
Core theme: Impact of relationshipsCore theme: Developing and maintaining healthy relationships
  • R4: to explore the range of positive qualities people bring to relationships
  • R6: The features of positive and stable relationships and those of unhealthy relationships
  • R7: media portrayal of relationships may not reflect real life and the possible impact
    R8: different types of relationships
  • R9: the nature and importance of marriage, civil partnerships and other stable long term relationships.
  • R11: the roles and responsibilities of parents, carers and children in families
  • R14: to understand what expectations might be of having a girlfriend/
  • R16: to acknowledge and respect the right not to have intimate relationships until ready
  • R17: about readiness for sex and delaying sexual activity and that consent can be withdrawn at any time
  • R18:To respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community project
Living in the Wider World
Core theme: Recognising own strengthsCore theme: Careers
  • L8: about their own identity as a learner, preferred style of learning
  • L8: develop study and organisational skills
  • L7: to recognise that they have the same rights to opportunities to learning as other people
  • L9:  to identify own strengths, interests and skills and qualities
  • L10:  different types of work, including employment, self-employment and voluntary work; that everyone has a ‘career’ which is their pathway through life, education and work.
  • L16:. the skills and qualities required to engage in enterprise, including seeing opportunity, managing risk, marketing, productivity, understanding the concept of quality, cash flow and profit.
Religious Education

RE provides engaging, and developmental teaching and learning opportunities in which each student is encouraged to challenge and explore their individual knowledge, skills and understanding through a variety of activities which support the student voice. RE explores different religious perspectives and philosophies, which gives pupils the practice in ‘skills for life’ such as empathy, thinking and communicating well. This enables pupils to understand the contemporary world and society with values of tolerance and acceptance of diversity, focusing on developing positive relationships with fellow citizens in the wider community.

The RE Curriculum Area is well-established and very successful, with 2018 GCSE results exceeding the national average for girls, at 85.53% Grades 9-4. All students study Religious Education at KS3. There is only a minimal difference of 4.9% between last year’s results to this year. This suggests students are still being challenged, aligned with the new GCSE specification.

Year 9

Year 9 curriculum includes:

  • Beliefs & teachings about meaning and purpose –Why are people religious? Is there proof of existence of God? How do Humanists view the world and understand how the world came into existence?
  • Development of understanding beliefs, values and traditions in two religions and investigate and respond to the fundamental questions of life, raised by religious and human experience.
  • Thematic Studies: The Existence of God
  • GCSE Religious Studies: Component 1 – Christianity Beliefs and Practices

We work as a community with the vision of building excellence at all levels. This means that we nurture and coach learners to be the best that they can be.

The Science curriculum at Sarah Bonnell aims to ensure that all students:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.

Year 9 

Currently there are three routes to follow for year 9. 

Year 9 curriculum includes: 

Autumn Term

  • Biology Chapter 1
  • Chemistry Chapter 1
  • Physics Chapter 1

Spring Term

  • Biology Chapter 2
  • Chemistry Chapter 2
  • Physics Chapter 2

Summer Term

  • Biology Chapter 3
  • Chemistry Chapter 3
  • Physics Chapter 3

Year 9 will begin the new GCSE (9-1) course:

AQA Science Course

World Languages

With over fifty languages spoken at this school and set in the Olympic heartland, our World Languages Curriculum Area offers one of the most wide-ranging languages curricula nationally. Furthermore we offer all staff and students the chance to learn over 26 languages through the use of Rosetta Stone. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures, deepening pupils’ understanding of the world and preparing them for study and work in other countries. Our dedication to internationalism, determination to mould global citizens and our quest to build on the rich linguistic and cultural heritage of our students underpins our curriculum.

Year 9

In Year 9 students develop and improve on their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in their chosen language, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. They will be able to understand and communicate personal and factual information, develop and justify points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. Students will also develop translation skills with the aim of being able to translate short written texts accurately into the foreign language.

We offer a range of enrichments to enhance the curriculum including Chinese Club, which gives students the opportunity to gain a qualification in Mandarin and the Capital L Languages Challenge run by SOAS where students work in teams to complete a range of projects in a language of their choice. 

Year 9 curriculum includes:

In light of new curriculum changes to GCSEs, we are now studying a foundation course of the Edexcel GCSE specification.

  • Identity and Culture
  • Cultural Life
  • Holidays
  • Travel and Tourism
  • School
  • International and Global Dimension
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