YEAR 9 CORE SUBJECTS
English provides the language skills and experience, which are essential to all learning and in all areas of life. Through a wide range of topics students develop essential skills around reading, writing, communication and meaning. There is emphasis on critical thinking, transactional writing and multi-modal literacy skills necessary for progression both within and beyond school. Students have the opportunity to participate in ICAS English competitions, national spelling bees, and inter-school debating and speech competitions and the Auckland Writer’s Festival.
Students develop flexibility and creativity in applying mathematical strategies to everyday life. Students will develop the ability to reflect critically on the methods they have chosen. Problem solving, reasoning and communicating mathematical ideas are learned and assessed through the skills of Number, Measurement, Geometry, Algebra and Statistics. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition, Maths Olympiad and in the Maths Mind Competition.
Science is both a process of enquiry and a body of knowledge. It is an integrated discipline. Our Year 9 curriculum focuses on the Nature of Science strand, which is centred on developing scientific skills and
attitudes using these to make sense of the world around them. Our programmes of learning also incorporate Matauranga Maori, which takes many forms such as traditional knowledge of cultural practices and environmental knowledge. This involves the students learning about healing medicines, fishing and cultivation practices, astronomy, as well as concepts used in cooking and building. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in extension activities, with the opportunity to go further if successful.
The overall aim of Social Studies at Trident High School is to provide an interesting and varied introduction to the Social Sciences. Social Sciences creates a curiosity about and respect for places, people, cultures, and systems. Students learn to contribute, participate, and take positive action as informed, ethical, and empathetic citizens with a concern for the wellbeing of communities and a commitment to a fair society for all. Learning in the social sciences aims to help students thrive in the diverse communities and environments of Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. This includes understanding the mutual responsibilities to Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi of tangata whenua and tauiwi as they live together in relationships that promote respect for one another, tikanga, and the natural environment. We focus on the strands of Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga, Culture and identity; Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga, Government and organisation; Tūrangawaewae me te kaitiakitanga, Place and environment; and Kōwhiringa ohaoha me te whai oranga, Economic activity.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION + HEALTH
Our Year 9 Physical Education and Health programme has all students' studying 2 hours of Practical Physical Education and 1 hour of Health Education each week. Students will cover a range of different practical activities during the year as well as learning about important Health topics which are vital for lifelong wellbeing. We endeavour to help you develop your social responsibility skills, promote and encourage resilience in a range of different contexts, understand how your Hauora is enhanced through physical activity and encourage you to have an inquiring mind. It is an exceptionally exciting programme that encourages students to be amazing PE and Health students rather than just athletes.