Class 9

(14-15 years)

By the end of Class 9 the students should begin to:

  • show self-motivated interest in the world around them, acquire knowledge about what interests them through independent gathering of information and facts
  • show structure in their thinking and be able to make logical causal deduction
  • move from judgement based on feeling to judgement based on observation and understanding
  • apply analytical processes to an overall nexus and discover the underlying principles
  • know how to make the transition from idea to ideal and from ideal to applied practice and move from discovery to creation and invention
  • engage their will in the realm of ideals
  • understand the transitions between polarities in many different realms of life and especially the arts
  • understand that art and science reflect historical changes in cultural consciousness and that artists and scientists have world views that are expressed in their work
  • learn to work and be able to learn through work
  • have hands-on experience of as many areas of practical life as possible
  • be able to work in a team and to solve problems together

Class 9 Highlights

On entering the Upper School, the pupils look forward to having specialist teachers during Main Lesson as a change from just one Class teacher. They enjoy the idea of extra privileges. There are new subjects to learn, such as history of art, geomorphology and ICT. The modern history Main Lesson is particularly suited to this stage of development, as the 19th and 20th centuries are explored in the context of the present. In science, and particularly in chemistry, students explore the industrial revolution. There is usually one lesson a week of careers and citizenship, and one week of work experience in the summer.