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Year 9 - Unit 1 Assessment

Re: Unit 1 Assessment fortnight 21st November -2nd December 2022, Year 9 

Dear GA Family

We are writing to share with you your child’s end of Unit 1 Assessment timetable which starts from Monday 21st November 2022.  We are also writing to give you information about how you can support your child to succeed in these assessments.

Assessment overview

The first assessment cycle of this academic year is coming up.  Your child will set a series of KIP assessments (Knowledge is Power) and a maths checkpoint which will allow them to show their learning from the past twelve weeks.  Assessments take place in their usual lessons between 21st and 28th November 2022.

What are the KIP assessments?

  • The assessment is made up of 50 words from your child’s Knowledge Organiser for each subject. 
  • All students in a year group sit the same assessments
  • They are made up from the words they study at the beginning of every lesson as a ‘KIP quiz’ and practise every day as part of their homework
  • In mathematics, your child will also complete a checkpoint to assess their ability to apply the key knowledge, which will be reported to you
  • Students with additional needs will have had the support they need to access the test so they are not at a disadvantage.

What happens after the assessments?

  • We will reset the classes for Unit 2  to ensure that students are accessing the right support to progress even further as they enter the next thirteen weeks of the school year.  
  • On Friday December 9th you are invited to our Academic Review Evening where we invite parents to come and discuss the progress of their child as they come to the end of Unit 1 and their first school term of year. You will receive the report at this time.
  • If your child misses an assessment, they will be expected to stay behind after school when they are next in to complete the missed assessment. We will send you a text message to let you know if this is the case.  If they fail to do this they will receive a zero score for that assessment, which will affect their setting for the next academic year. 

How can I support my child to prepare for the assessments?

  • Encourage them to complete their daily Knowledge Organiser homework in their homework book
  • Encourage them to make flashcards for the terms in the Knowledge Organiser that they don’t remember - they can collect flashcards from their Achievement Leads
  • Test them on the terms and definitions on these flashcards
  • Ensure your child knows what assessments they have on what days using the timetable below (they will also have this printed on card)

What homework do students do in weeks 11,12 & 13? 

  • During these weeks your child’s Homework practice book will be used to practice any definitions from their Knowledge Organiser that they do not know. 

If you have any questions around assessments at all please contact Ms Jones using the email

We look forward to studying and celebrating with you soon.

Yours sincerely

Miss C Jones

Assistant Head          

Year 9 Assessment Timetable


Week A

Week 11

Monday 21st November 2022

Tuesday 22nd November 2022

Wednesday 23rd November

Thursday 24th November 2022

Friday 25th November 2022 

Period 1 9.25 - 10.20

9G Science

9O Geography

9U Spanish

9C Geography

9L Science

9U Science

9C History


9U Religious Studies

9L Maths MA

Period 2 10:20 - 11:15

9G Maths

9C Maths

9L English

9O Maths

9C Spanish

9L Maths

9O English

9WA Art


9WA Music


Break 11:15– 11:35






Period 3 11:35 - 12:30

9BR Food

9EX Music

9OX Art


9L Geography


9OX Music

9G Maths MA

9C Maths MA


9L History

9U Geography

Period 4 12:30 - 13:25

9G English

9O Science

9C Science

9O Spanish

9U English

9C English

9O Religious Studies

9U Maths

9L Spanish

9O History

9U Maths MA


 Lunch 13:25-14:00






Period 5 14:05 - 15:05

9G History

9BR Art

9CA Music

9EX Food

9OX Drama


9L Religious Studies

9O Maths MA


Week B

Week 12

Monday 28th November 2022

Tuesday 29th November 2022

Wednesday 30th November 2022

Thursday 1st  December

Friday 2nd December

Period 1

9.25 - 10.20


9U History




9CA Drama

9WA Food

Period 2

10:20 - 11:15

9G Spanish

9G Geography





Break 11:15– 11:35






Period 3

11:35 - 12:30



9BR Music

9CA Art

9WA Drama

9EX Drama

9OX Food


Period 4

12:30 - 13:25

9BR Drama

9CA Food

9EX Art




9C Religious Studies


Lunch 13:25-14:00






Period 5

14:05 - 15:05

9G Religious Studies