Year 9 Integrated Studies

Students in Year 9 are able to learn in a modern environment, which has been specifically designed for this age group. We have a mixture of adaptable spaces, breakout rooms and a theatre that allow groups to move around to suit a particular learning task or lesson. Technology is a focus and students have access to laptops, projectors and large screens as part of their daily routine. They also have the power to present their work in engaging and effective ways.

Year 9 is a time of transition from a Homeroom class to secondary school. We have a focus on continuing to develop students’ awareness of how they learn and encourage them to develop independent work habits, communicate with their teachers and collaborate with their peers. It is a time of great change with most students developing a curiosity about the wider world.

To capitalise on this, core Year 9 topics are centred on real world issues or ideas such as globalisation, environmental sustainability and political systems. Dialogue, discussion and debate are also part of class programmes and students are encouraged to share their learning at school and home. Most programmes also use an Interdisciplinary/cross-curricular approach where skills, strategies, knowledge and concepts are practised, then applied across subject areas rather than taught in isolation.

Typically, in Year 9 students will have one or two teachers, for the core learning areas of English, Mathematics, Social Science and Science. Teachers work as a partnership within each class and as a team across the year group to collaborate on programmes.

In addition, Year Nine students have option classes and modules.

Year 9 Modules and Options

There are six hours each week dedicated to Year 9 Modules and Options. This time gets split evenly between three hours for modules (which run for six weeks) and three hours for Options which run for a term each.

Six week Module courses include; Electronics, Spatial Product Design, Financial Literacy, Computing, Maori Arts & Culture and Health. Once a six week period is finished, students move onto the next module.

Options run for a term each and students can choose to select a different option each term or in some cases the same option for two terms. The options include Food and Nutrition, Maori, Design Technology, Music, Drama, Spanish and Art (see the curriculum diagram for clarification).

Andrew Miller,
7 Nov 2017, 13:00