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  • 1. YEAR 9 HANDBOOK Telephone: 96 142 41 74 Email: Secondary-secre@caxtoncollege.net- Year 9 Handbook -

2. KEY STAGE 3YEAR 9 HANDBOOK WELCOME!Dear Parents,We are delighted to welcome your son/daughter to Year 9. Within this handbook I hope that you will find all the useful information that you and your child require to enjoy a great year atCONTENTS Secondary Educational System ......................... 2 IPad Project ..3Caxton College. As well as lots of practical information concerningTutorials ........................ 4the running of the school, we have also included advice andAssessment & Reporting......5recommendations from the Heads of Department involved in yourProgression Policy ..6childs education.Subjects ........................ 7 Complementary Activities....22Finally, may I say that we aim to provide your child with a secure andExtra-Curricular Activities..23friendly working environment, in which the academic and socialHomework.......................23features of learning can prosper to the full. For this reason, we need all the support you can give us in the home and we would ask you to contact us whenever you feel it is necessary.Christopher Horner Head of Year 9- Year 9 Handbook -School material.................24 Transport........................24 3. THE SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM Secondary Education in Caxton College covers 3 key stages as follows:important stage in their education, lasting 2 years. Key Stage 3 (Year 7 to Year 9)Caxton College is a recognised examination centre for the University of Cambridge examination board (CIE) as well as the Edexcel London Board. In Year 9 students sit IGCSE ESL (English as a Second Language), so that they can focus on the EFL (First Language English) exam for IGCSE throughout Years 10 and 11. In Year 11 pupils sit their IGCSE exams (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), thereby enabling them to obtain the Certificate of ESO in the Spanish system (Certificate of Obligatory Secondary Education). Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & 11) Sixth Form (Year 12 & 13). This period covers the teenage years of our students (from 11 to 18 years old), which is why we consider this to be the ideal time, not only to instil in them good study habits, but also to make them responsible for their own actions and decisions, to show them how to make the best use of their leisure time and, of course, to try to mould them into better people."Accept responsibility for your actions, and adopt a healthy attitude to lifeAt this time, the tightly-linked cooperation of teachers, parents and students is essential. As a result of this collaboration between the school and the home, our students obtain excellent results with which to apply for University, while, on the way, they grow into excellent individuals. In Key Stage 3 (Years 79), students must study all the subjects in the British Curriculum and they must pass them in order to progress onto the following year.The IGCSE exams are a very important part of our students education. Access to Sixth Form depends on their grades from Year 11. At present, in order to gain access to Spanish Universities, students submit their A Level grades as well as those obtained in 2 extra Spanish subjects which are chosen by the students themselves, depending on the career they wish to follow in the future.In Year 10, students start their 4th and final obligatory key stage, a verySpanish SystemBritish SystemCycle6 PrimaryYear 71 ESOYear 8KEY2 ESOYear 93 ESOYear 104 ESOYear 111 BachilleratoYear 122 BachilleratoYear 13STAGE 3 KEY STAGE 4 SIXTH FORMExternal ExaminationsIGCSE ESL IGCSE AS level/ Advanced level2 - Year 9 Handbook - 4. PROYECTO IPAD In Caxton College our aim is to always be at the forefront of education, and we constantly strive to offer the highest quality teaching and learning methods. The introduction of new technologies has had a very positive effect on our students, allowing them to experience interactive activities and to develop their potential as individual learners. IPads are used as an alternative tool for learning, with teachers carefully choosing the most appropriate method for the topic in question: textbooks, oral discussion in class, or the use of kindles. In addition, iPads allow the students to learn in any place and at any time, and thus enable them to share their knowledge in a variety of ways and with a wide range of people. We have recently launched Project 1:1 iPads for students from Years 7 and 8, which means that every child in these year groups will bring their own iPad to school. The iPads are used in all areas of the curriculum with the aim of encouraging the students to take more responsibility for their own learning, to develop creativity and improve teamwork. Students from Year 9 to Year 11 regularly work on the school iPads (we have two fully-equipped trolleys for this purpose, with 26 iPads on each), which can be used for different purposes: Students can film performances and presentations in order to self-assess their work; make their own films (using iMovie) at the end of a topic, use the Pages app to develop their ability to create texts, and even carry out scientific experiments with them. Some of the positive changes that we have identified in our students following the introduction of the use of iPads as an education tool are as follows: They are more committed to their own learning, more motivated and willing to work harder. Their levels of selfconfidence and attitude towards their own learning have improved. They are able to finish a greater number of tasks and reach higher targets than those predicted. They are responsible for their own iPads. The iPads allow them a greater freedom of choice, and thus, a greater sense of responsibility regarding their work. They face up to challenges and use their own reasoning and skills to solve problems. We are really looking forward to continuing this exciting and challenging journey on the iPad Project!3 - Year 9 Handbook - 5. TUTORIALS / COMMUNICATIONS VIA THE WEB 2. During tutorials, students learn Public Speaking skills, give talks and hold debates. They will also receive career guidance and learn study techniques. 3. The school web page now includes a private area for parents, where they can send and receive emails, follow their childs Progress List which is updated weekly, see term grades and receive documentation such as handbooks, talks from the Psychologist and other items of interest.1. The students have the help of a tutor throughout Secondary school. Students meet their tutor first thing every morning. The tutor is responsible for monitoring individual students and, holds one-to-one interviews with them periodically to give them any support or advice they may need. As well as the meetings with tutors held by the school, parents can always request a personal interview to talk about their childs progress whenever they wish.Personal & Social Education At school great importance is placed upon the personal development of our pupils, as this is the basis of everything they will do in the future.PSHE: Year 8 students attend a weekly class in Personal, Social, Health Education. This is a time for thought and for personal and group work, following a programme of Education in Values.Solidarity in the Classroom: In addition, in school students take part in the Programme Solidarity in the Classroom created by Fundar, the Foundation for Solidarity and Volunteer work in the Valencian Community. The activities contained in the Programme are designed to instil values such as good relations, tolerance, cultural diversity and voluntary work with the aim of making the whole educational community more aware of, and committed to, these values.4 - Year 9 Handbook - 6. ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION In Year 9 there are three assessment periods. At the At the end of the year, all pupils who fail to achieve at end of each one, parents will receive a report with the least a grade C in any subject will be required to sit an grades achieved by their child in both academic exam in August. performance and effort. Grades: In all subjects taught in English, teachers assess using National Curriculum criteria, as occurs in all British Please note that the grades AE will often feature a + centres abroad. These are then converted to a Caxton or sign to indicate a students position in relation to the actual criteria, and provides better differentiation grading scale from A to E. among the students. For example a C+ would indicate There are exams at the end of every term, and final achievement heading in the direction of improvement exams in the third term in the core subjects. They towards the next grade, whereas a C- serves to make up 40% of the final year grade in the illustrate that the student is falling short of a grade. British subjects, and 30% of the year grade in the Spanish subjects. If your child has a private tutor for any subject, we recommend that you let his/her tutor know. This helps to build up an understanding of your childs commitment and approach to learning.6 - Year 9 Handbook - 8. SUBJECTS From Years 7 to 9 students studySciencethe following subjects:Career Skills (PersonalEnglish Language & LiteratureDevelopment)MathematicsPhysical EducationA Foreign Language (FrenchPSHE (Formacin Humana)or German)Spanish Language &Art, Music & ICTLiteratureBritish History & GeographySpanish History & GeographyReligion or EthicsENGLISH>>> First Term Non-fiction: Reality unit Shakespeare: Romeo and JulietHead of Department: Stephen MillerSecond TermThird TermNovel: The Hunger Games Unit 6: Setting up a companyMagazine writingIGCSE English as a Second Language preparation Unit 3: Short Stories and Poems from other cultures ESL Exam; Continue Unit 3Assessment Policy: Assessment is ongoing throughout the year, both in class (through conversation, drama, essays etc) and by means of homewor