Junior School Curriculum


Year 7
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Year 7 Subjects

English and Humanities (General Studies)

The Year 7 General Studies course incorporates both the study of English and Humanities.

English
The crucial importance of the English Language is emphasised, and students are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop their ability to read, speak, listen, view and write with effect, purpose and confidence. Students study and respond to a variety of texts, including novels, films, newspapers, short stories and poetry. Students are required to purchase one novel.

All students participate in a Reading Program with a focus on developing reading comprehension skills. There is an expectation that 20 minutes reading a night will be completed and logged. Students undertake PAT testing as part of the Reading Program as well as NAPLAN in May. There is a differentiated Literacy Program available to students requiring additional support.

Humanities
The subject includes History, Geography, Economics and Civics and Citizenship presented as integrated units of work. Students are introduced to different forms of technology, which includes internet use, presentation software and word processing. The classrooms operate under a cooperative model where teamwork, joint problem solving, negotiation and respect for others is emphasised.

Areas Studied:

  • Humanities – Geography, History, Economics and Civics and Citizenship.
  • Writing – instructional, personal, creative, informative, argumentative, narrative and poetic styles.
  • Oral Presentations – informal and formal presentations on a variety of topics.
  • Study of a novel, film, short stories and poetry.
  • Tasks involving the use of electronic media for research, production and presentation.
Mathematics

The program consists of five lessons a week:

  • One session targets specific numeracy skills in the Scaffolding Numeracy in Middle Years program (SNMY).
  • One session is a structured problems solving lesson with a focus on reading, estimating and unpacking problems, which are then solved using mathematic skills and strategies. Three sessions on topics within the Victorian Curriculum covering the main dimensions Number and algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.
  • Sessions utilise the Math Pathway program to deliver individualised programs for each student.

Topics Included:

  • Number – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, order of operation and estimating numbers
  • Whole Numbers, decimals, fractions, number patterns, percentages
  • Geometry – angles, triangles and quadrilaterals
  • Measurement – length, area, volume, mass and time
  • Algebra – expressions, simplification, evaluation and formula
  • Statistics

 

Science

Science covers a diverse range of scientific concepts and processes. Students are exposed to a variety of these ideas and processes. Students will learn some Information Technology skills in this subject. They are expected to complete practical reports in Science, negotiated projects, assignments and set exercises. Students are assessed according to the Victorian Curriculum.

Topics Included:

  • Being a scientist
  • Properties of substances
  • Mixtures
  • Earth’s resources
  • Senses / sound
  • Habitats and interactions
  • Classification
  • Forces
  • Machines
  • Earth in space
Food Technology

This course is an introduction to Food Technology. Learning of safety and hygiene, food equipment and utensils is enhanced through practical food preparation. Factors influencing food choice and associated nutrition is also covered.

Areas Studied:

  • food safety and hygiene
  • measuring ingredients
  • understanding a recipe and use of equipment
  • introduction of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
  • basic cooking methods
  • the design process (design briefs)

Associated costs:
Materials $80
Workbook $10

Health and Physical Education

This subject allows students to participate in a variety of sporting activities with the aim of promoting enjoyment of physical activity, developing a knowledge and understanding of these sports and activities, fair play and improving health and fitness.

Areas Studied:

  • Health concepts with a focus on making healthy lifestyle choices
  • Individual skills (swimming and athletics)
  • Bats and racquets
  • Individual and team sports

Special Requirements: School sport uniform.

Associated costs:
Entry fees to pool or other specialised sporting facilities.

Integrated Technology Woodwork

Technology Studies in Year 7 is an integrated course that enables students to explore various materials to produce models from wood and other materials. They also develop skills in creating and communicating ideas and solving complex and varied problems.

 

Areas Studied:

  • Investigate social and environmental impacts of using particular materials in products.
  • Develop and implement design ideas to make practical tasks.
  • Use various equipment and processes to construct these projects.

Associated cost:
Materials $40

LOTE - Indonesian

Year 7 Indonesian introduces students to the basic culture and language of our nearest neighbour. As well as learning how to talk about themselves and their families, students will gain an understanding of some of the similarities between Indonesians and Australians through interactive and fun activities.

 

Areas Studied:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Geography of Indonesia
  • Clothing and the body
  • In the classroom
  • Indonesian history
  • My family and friends
Performing Arts Music

Students are introduced to the area of Music. A basic understanding of music theory is covered and students are provided with opportunities for both performance and music composition.

Areas Studied:

  • Rhythm
  • Pitch
  • Form and Structure
  • Notation
  • Listening
  • Performance Preparation
  • Genre and Style

 Stationery: an exercise book.

STEAM

In year 7 students have 2 lessons of STEAM per week for a semester. This course enables students to become confident and creative developers of digital products through building their understanding of how to use digital technologies to design, develop and evaluate products.

Areas Studied:

  • Networks
  • Data transmission and visualisation
  • The design cycle
  • Product development including digital images, sound, animations and robotics
Visual Art

This subject is designed to allow students to experience and develop skills, ideas and knowledge in a variety of Art, Design and Media learning activities.

Areas Studied:

  • Graphics
  • Painting
  • Sketching
  • Sculpture/photography
  • Digital Art
  • Print making

Special Requirements:
Students are required to provide a A3 visual diary, ruler, grey lead, coloured pencils, sharpener and an eraser.