Teaching the English curriculum should balance and integrate all three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. These strands focus on students’ knowledge and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. At stage 5 (Years 9 and 10), students will be required to analyse, evaluate and respond to a variety of texts dealing with more sophisticated themes. Assessments are designed to develop and refine critical writing skills by helping students evaluate and integrate ideas from texts to form their own interpretations. Each year group focuses on a specified Area of Study as a lens through which they will interpret the studied texts. In this way, students will finish the year at Uplift Education prepared for more challenging assessments in their further study and beyond.
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By the end of Year 9, students will be able to describe the relationship between graphs and equations, simplify a range of algebraic expressions, explain the use of relative frequencies to estimate probabilities, and use trigonometric ratios for right-angle triangles. Students will develop skills in applying the index laws to expressions with integer indices, expressing numbers in scientific notation, listing outcomes for experiments and developing familiarity with calculations involving the Cartesian plane and calculating areas of shapes and surface areas of prisms. Students will also develop skills in problem solving including formulating, and modelling practical situations involving surface areas and volumes of right prisms, applying ratio and scale factors to similar figures, solving problems involving right-angle trigonometry, and collecting data from secondary sources to investigate an issue. Finally, students all also develop skills in reasoning. This includes following mathematical arguments, evaluating media reports and using statistical knowledge to clarify situations, developing strategies in investigating similarity and sketching linear graphs.