“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”
Benjamin Franklin

This quote epitomises the importance of being engaged in a topic in order to learn. During Year 9 pupils at the Warren will be developing the skills needed for their respective GCSE courses and will be assessed in a variety of ways including coursework, mock examinations and controlled assessments. In order to achieve the best possible results at the end of year 11 it is imperative that pupils are proactive and are actively involved in their subjects now!

In order to help pupils engage in their homework is given every week. This encourages independent research which as a result extends the learning that has taken place in the classroom.

As a school we support learning outside of the classroom by:

  • Offering homework clubs with staff available to provide advice and guidance
  • Running revision sessions during lunchtimes, after school and half term holidays

As a parent you can support this process in a number of ways:

  • Ask your child about the homework they are doing-discussing the work they have been set can help to reinforce learning
  • Engage in conversations with your child about their use of their planner ad sign them weekly-this can help to improve organisation of workload and time management skills
  • Contact the school if you have any questions regarding the homework being set
  • Visit exam boards online to look at the content of the GCSE courses your child will be studying
  • Gain an understanding of your child’s course. Different subjects have different forms of assessment (e.g. practical or theory, essay writing etc.)

Recommended Reading for Year 9

P.S I love You by Celia Ahern Growing Yams in London by Sophia Achempong Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman Beast Quest by Adam Blade Kissing the Rain by Brooks Kevin
The Princess Diaries (Romance) by Meg Cabot Cinnamon Girl -This way to Paradise by Cathy Cassidy Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
Jimmy Coates Target ( Mystery) by Joe Craig Once by Morris Gleitzman Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
Raven’s Gate by Antony Horowitz The Kite runner by Khaled Hoseini Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Private peaceful by Michael Morpurgo School’s Out Forever by James Patterson The Keeper by Mal Peet
Just in case by Meg Rosof Century by Sarah Singleton The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Why Eating Bogeys is good for you by Mitchell Symons H.I.V.E (Adventure) by Mark Walden

Preparing for GCSE’s

  • The work you do now in Year 9 is important
  • Work hard now and you will be better prepared. Never settle for a first draft of work. You can always improve
  • Complete all classwork and homework! Missing work could potentially cost you marks and that grade you want to achieve
  • At the end of the day you study for yourself and your bright and wonderful future
  • Year 9 is an exciting year for students at Loxford. It is the year that they make the transition from Key Stage Three to Key Stage Four. With the support of the ATL (Mr Adams) and the YCT (Mrs Mear), students are supported in making a number of decisions that will affect the rest of their educational career. This comes in the form of options, where students can chose to specialise in specific subject areas, whilst still gaining qualifications in core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science)
  • The Warren aims to provide all of our students with appropriate guidance and academic preparation in order to be successful whilst gaining real life experiences. A positive relationship between school and home is integral to the success of all students; it is therefore imperative that parents and carers feel free to contact the school and speak to myself (Mr Adams) or Mrs Mear regarding any concerns. In addition, you may receive courtesy calls from us in order to build a better relationship between you, your child and the Year 9 team. There are always various opportunities throughout the year for parents to come and see us; please take advantage of getting to know the in-school support network for your child
  • Students are set homework on a weekly basis; this should be completed without exception. As parents and carers, it is important to provide children with a quiet and safe environment in which this can be done. In school, students can take advantage of the school library where there are various resources to enhance their learning and we insist that all students have a reading book with them every day. We read together regularly in afternoon registration and during English lessons, especially on Thursday when we take part in Drop Everything and Read sessions. Improving reading skills is an essential part of our curriculum and allows students to develop a greater sense of the wider world
  • Year 9 offers a wealth of opportunities to develop not only academically but as individuals in the school community and beyond. Our year team have demonstrated a willingness to learn and to work within the community. Our extracurricular programmes will allow students to be involved in activities that will improve their practical application of their learned achievements. As students grow older, it is important that they develop their own sense of moral purpose and integrate into the local community fully and appropriately
  • I look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure the achievement of your children