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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811

October 2019

Year 9 Parent and Carer Bulletin – October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Inside this bulletin you will find a celebration of a fantastic first half term of the academic year.  They have taken the theme of ‘Making the Right Choices’ in their stride and have made a really positive start to an important year. There is also an update on form time activities, extracurricular opportunities and some information about the different topics that the Year 9s will be studying next half term. It has been a pleasure getting to know the students this half term and the Year Team are very much looking forward to working with the students in the next half term.


  • Have successfully completed Literacy Bootcamp. Now studying Of Mice and Men which involves four assessments – a comprehension, Speaking and Listening, writing the opening to a formal letter and an essay exploring key themes in the novella. These reflect the Reading, Writing and Literature assessments they complete at Key Stage 4;
  • Encourage students to read as many books as possible! The more they read, the more they become used to understanding a wide variety of texts;
  • All home learning is being set on a weekly basis on Doddle so please encourage students to complete this work. There is a tracking sheet in the back of exercise books that you can sign to track and monitor their engagement with home learning tasks;
  • Encourage students to ask as many questions as possible and get involved with the various activities and learning experiences on offer!


  • All students have been grouped into ability sets so that your child can receive the correct level of support, challenge and guidance in accordance with their prior knowledge in maths. With all the topics the children will be studying, they’ll be developing ‘mathematical process’ skills, which include reasoning, analysis and evaluation. Some of the content may appear similar to that studied in primary school, but we will expect them to develop greater mastery and independence.
  • Students will be formally assessed in two ways; classroom assessments and home learning tasks. Classroom assessments are split into one of two types, termly tests will assess a range of different topics and skills and more akin to a formal assessment. Interim assessments will be more focused on key topics completed during the previous term and allow the use of notes made in their class books. Home learning tasks are set in class and will be available via Doddle. Please ensure you have access to Doddle so you can check what tasks your child has been set
  • As you will be aware, PHS encourages high attendance. However, we realise that there will be times when your son/daughter will be absent from school. To ensure continuous learning, it is expected that pupils find out what work and homework was done within the lesson and that it is all copied up and completed to a high standard. If your son/daughter struggles to understand the work that was completed they should contact their class teacher as soon as possible. 
  • Having the correct equipment ensures that students make progress, as such a complete maths set is needed for all maths lessons. This contains a calculator, a protractor, a compass and a ruler. Form tutors will be checking this equipment alongside the other equipment needed for their other lessons so that students can access the work in classrooms. As a department we cannot provide equipment for students and it should be taken as a pupil responsibility
  • Interim (Open book) Assessment - w/c 11th November


  • Students in Y9 will be completing their first science test either in the last week of this half term or after half term. This will include the following topics:
  • Biology- Cells and Photosynthesis
  • Chemistry- Elements, Compounds, Mixtures and Gas tests
  • Physics- Energy.


  • Year 9 have begun to study World War One and have so far completed an assessment which demonstrated good understanding of how the war began in 1914.
  • We are now studying how WW1 was actually fought by looking at life in the trenches and some of the major battles that were fought during the war.


  • This half term, the Year 9s have been looking at the topic of Risky World
  • They have looked at poverty around the world, redesigning a slum and disease risks such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria
  • Next half term, they will be continuing with the risky world topic looking at conflicts and tornadoes.
  • Remember to keep an eye on the news for up to date risks around the world!

Art, Craft and Design

  • Students have been researching the concept of Selfies looking at the artist Chuck Close, whom has overcome great physical difficulties to continue working. They have looked at his use of the grid method to draw portraits with greater accuracy and observation.
  • Students will be researching other artists including Warhol and ‘Pure Evil’ and produce work based upon their styles of portraiture. They will be designing bridge stencils to complete self-portraits in various different media and materials.
  • Examples of student’s work will be posted on the Art Dept Instagram at ‘Poynton Art Dept’.


  • Students have completed their first activities of this year, building on the knowledge they had gained from last year or beginning a new activity.
  • We will be talking to students about the options in PE they are able to study at KS4 if they wish to. We offer GCSE PE and Cambridge National Sport Studies and we will discuss with students both these options.
  • All groups will change the activities they are on after half term and will be told in lessons prior to half term.

X Half

Y Half

Boys 1 (CME) – badminton

Boys 1 (MAH) – badminton

Boys 2 (MAH) – rugby

Boys 2 (KAS) – rugby

Mixed (CLH) – trampoline

Mixed (CLH) – trampoline

Girls 1 (JLH) – netball

Girls 1 (CEW) – netball

Girls 2 (CEW) – dance

Girls 2 (CME) – dance


Food and Textiles

  • Year 9 skills club – Begins 11th November – Lunch time room 60. Open to year 9 students- can be used as skills element for D of E.
  • Year 9 Whitworth gallery trip – Coming up in December. Dates to be confirmed.
  • Cookery club begins this week in room 58.  Sign up with Mrs Marsh on Tuesday / Wednesday.

Religious Studies

  • Year 9 have been working on an introduction to Philosophy this half term and have looked at ideas from thinkers such as Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas.
  • They should have now completed or be about to complete a balanced argument on the existence of God.
  • After half term they will be starting to look at Ethics and will be receiving visitors from some of the local churches to talk about how a Christian might make an ethical decision.


Message from Miss Holyland

You can claim free school meals for each child who attends school in Cheshire East if you receive one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit - as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and do not get
  • Working Tax Credit
    • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
    • Universal Credit with no earned income or with net monthly earnings less than £616.67

You can apply for nursery-age children if they attend before and after lunch sessions at a local authority nursery school, nursery class or an Academy nursery if it has the same Ofsted number as the primary school.

Phone 0300 123 5012 for further information and help or you can apply online at



 Revision Guides

  • We are offering the opportunity to purchase a ‘Revision Cracked!’ revision and study skills guide aimed at KS3 students.
  • The guide will cost £1.20 which should be paid on ParentPay by Monday 4th November.
  • The revision guide offers really useful tips on how to revise, planning revision, being organised at home and getting your homework done.
  • The revision guide looks like a really useful tool for the students and will help to set them into good habits for KS4.
  • For more information about the guide, see the below link:


KS3 Homework Club

  • Starting on 7th November, the KS3 Homework Club will run every Thursday in Room 39 with Miss Keaveney from 3-4pm
  • This will give students the chance to work through their homework on doddle whilst being supported by at least one member of staff
  • Sign-up sheets will be outside the KS3 Office – this will operate on a first come first served basis


Cultural Passport

  • It has been amazing to see the Cultural Passport sessions in form times throughout this half term
  • The students have made a fantastic effort to complete all of the challenges set to them
  • Next half term, Year 9 will be looking at ‘The Arts’ and set challenges around this theme!
  • Remember – follow @PHSYear8and9 on twitter for regular updates on the Cultural Passport sessions and the challenges

Well done once again to all of the students for making such a great start to this academic year. A final thank you and well done on such a brilliant term. It has been a pleasure working with all of the Year 9 students this term and we hope this continues going forward. Have a lovely and restful half term break and we look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 4th November.

If you have any queries about anything school related, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you for your continued support.

Emma Keaveney                                                                           Laura Swaffer

Director of Learning to KS3                                                       Welfare Leader for Year 8 and 9