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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Year 9

Year 9 forms a solid foundation for GCSE study and hones students’ reading and writing skills across all assessment objectives. Assessments begin to more closely mirror GCSE examinations, and students are introduced to GCSE Literature texts towards the end of the year.


Autumn 1

Topic – Hard Times

Non-fiction study followed by novel study – (‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck)

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Topic – Battle of the Sexes

Shakespeare study: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and creative writing exploring representations of gender

Spring 2

Summer 1

Topic – War

Exploration of a range of texts centred around war, with writing to present a viewpoint, followed by study of GCSE Literature War Poetry – AQA Anthology ‘Power and Conflict’

Summer 2

Year 9 Library novel – ’15 Days Without a Head’ by Dave Cousins