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Class 9 2021 - 2022

Ms Tracey Abbott

Ms Tracey Abbott

Class 9

There are seven pupils in our Key Stage 3 class – Lewis, Toby, Ayaan, Leila, Muhammad-Yusuf, Thomas and Jayden.

The class is supported by myself and teaching assistants – Ebony, Soloman, Linda (Tuesday – Friday) and Georgia (Monday).

Over the year, we will follow themes from the Semi-Formal Curriculum. We will also work towards the ASDAN New Horizons award.


For the first half term, our theme is music. We will listen to different genres of music, explore different ways of moving to music and play instruments. In English lessons, we will read a text titled “Music is for Everyone”.

Our PE lessons are on a Wednesday afternoon – please send a PE kit in for your child.

We look forward to the year ahead – keep an eye on the gallery for our class photos!

Our semi-formal curriculum theme for the second half of the Autumn Term is “Celebrations”.

In English we will be reading the text “A Christmas Carol”. We will also be doing some listening
activities and Colourful Semantics work.

Our focus in Maths is Money. We will be working on sorting / matching / identifying coins and
moving onto counting amounts of money using different coins.

We will continue with our daily walks around the school grounds to promote a healthy lifestyle and
will have a weekly PE session.

We will be doing lots of art activities linked to the theme celebrations. This will include activities
related to Bonfire Night, Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas.

We will continue with our New Horizons accreditation work


For the first half of the Spring term, our semi-formal curriculum theme is Africa.  In English lessons, we will read the story “Giraffes can’t Dance”.  We will complete art work on an African theme - looking at African masks and an African silhouette picture.

For our work towards the ASDAN New Horizons award, we will complete units on dangers in the home and health related occupations.

The pupils will play turn-taking games either with members of staff or their peers.

In Maths lessons, we will continue to work on developing number skills and also do some work on Time - reading different times on clock faces and match times on clock faces to identical times on digital clocks.


For the second half of the Spring term, our Semi-Formal curriculum theme is China.  We will paint flags of China and also make Chinese dragons.  In English lessons we will read the story “The Magic Paintbrush”.

In Maths lessons, we will look at Shape – copying and continuing shape patterns, labelling shapes and commenting on attributes of size, number and colour.

Pupils will take part in educational visits - travelling by bus into Preston city centre, going for a walk around the town centre and having dinner at McDonalds.

We will also go to The Space centre at Preston.


For the first half of the Summer term, our Semi-Formal curriculum theme is Rainforest.  In English lessons, we will read a text titled “We’re Roaming in the Rainforest”.  We will look at different animals that live in the rainforest.  In art lessons, we will create rainforest pictures based on work by the French artist Henri Rousseau. 

In our weekly PE lessons, we will practice athletics skills. 

In PSHE, we will learn about different parts of the body.  

Year 9 pupils will develop their independence skills during weekly shopping visits and the class will also access visits to Ribchester park. 

Our Semi-Formal curriculum theme for the final half term is Oceans.  The focus for our English lessons will be the text “Commotion in the Ocean”.  We will complete art work around the Oceans theme, using our work to decorate a tree in the school grounds for the Pride Festival. 

In PE, we will continue to practice athletics skills in preparation for our Sports Day on 7th July. 


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