Shell (Year 9)

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All Shell (Year 9) students follow a broad range of subjects including languages, humanities, sciences and arts. Together these make up a healthy and balanced academic programme which puts Shell students in a strong position from which to select their GCSE options in the Lent Term.

All Shell subjects are examined through school-based assessments at the end of the course in the Trinity Term.

Shell Courses

The Year 9 (known here as Shell) Inquiring Curriculum encourages students to consider the question ‘What does it mean to live in a globalised world?’

Humanities subjects follow a common theme. For example, students reflect on the end of the British Empire, and the development of Hinduism and Islam at the same time as looking at sustainable development and the birth of Modern India.

  • Our aims in developing the Inquiring Curriculum?
  • To produce an inspiring and stimulating curriculum that encourages the development of positive dispositions and habits for lifelong learning.
  • To work towards blending subject boundaries so pupils discover the relationships between knowledge, communities and the world.
  • To prepare students for the academic rigour of GCSE, IB, and A Level through by fostering creativity, independence of mind, academic rigour and intellectual risk-taking.

The following are parts of the Inquiring Curriculum:

  • The Personal Project students produce a personal project on any topic they are interested in, and in any form: essay, presentation, sculpture, website or performance.
  • Learning to Learn: students consider how different parts of the brain function and how these affect and influence learning. They investigate learning styles and multiple intelligences in order both to know their strengths and to develop their weaknesses.
  • Mindfulness: students are introduced to Mindfulness techniques to focus and still the mind, thereby reducing stress and increasing learning potential and wellbeing.

The academic programme followed by all Year 9 (Shell) students includes a range of 13 different subjects, including a choice of languages. In Maths and Science, they also begin preparing for the IGCSE. Please see the Shell booklet for more information on these courses.