Grade 9 Curriculum
Grade 9 Science focuses on five units of study: Measurement and Uncertainties; The Particulate Nature of Matter and Osmosis, which examines particles, Brownian motion, kinetic theory and movement of water within cells; The Atomic Theory unit, which examines the atom and evidence for sub-atomic particles; The Periodic Table Unit, which focuses on elements, groups, periods and elemental families; and The Nutrition and Genetics Unit, which introduces students to food groups and basic genetics. This culminates in the Vitamin A-Deficient project where students discuss the moral and ethical issues of gene modification. Assessment is through section tests, lab reports, short essays and active in lab experiments.
The Grade 9 Individuals & Societies course focuses on four themes of social and environmental change, and the human responses to them. These themes are:
- changes in Urban Areas,
- the causes and results of Demographic Change,
- the Agrarian and Industrial Revolutions, and
- developments in Food Production and Slavery and Human Rights; including the Slave Trade and the American Civil War.
The course is directed towards the acquisition of knowledge and language, understanding new concepts and the development of skills in analysis, organisation and appropriate forms of presentation for the topics studied.
Grade 9 Design uses the notion of ‘digital disruption’ as the starting point for teams to create and design products. The design-based thinking is within a ‘business model canvas’; as a result, students will be introduced to business concepts. The course endeavours to foster entrepreneurial thinking within a design framework.
In 2D Visual Art, students will research the different aspects of Pop Art, including its influences from, and its effects on, society, and the style of artists such as Warhol and Lichtenstein. In response to this students will create their own compositions in acrylic paint based on symbols of popular culture.
In 3D Visual Art, the students research the work of Claes Oldenburg and his sculptural legacy. By drawing and disassembling a shoe, students gather insight into its structure of components. The sculptural theme goes on to examine the human form, its bone structure, and muscles through observational drawing and measurement to enable the construction of an armature.
Students explore the key concepts of Aesthetics, Change, Communication and Identity through four units of work: Protest Music, Mash-Ups & Arrangements, Classical Music and Film/TV Music. The year culminates with an inter-disciplinary Visual and Performing Arts Indonesian Puppetry unit. They develop and apply practical performance and composition skills; explore their creativity; and learn to respond to their own and others' artwork. Students work as individuals and small groups to explore music using voice, instruments, music notations, and technology.