Junior School Curriculum


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

Year 8 Subjects

English and Humanities

English
Students are encouraged to speak and listen in a variety of situations, to express their opinions and communicate information clearly. They also read and study a variety of texts, including novels, short stories, poetry, films and the media, and respond to them both orally and in writing. Skills necessary for accurate and fluent writing are focused on, with planning and drafting emphasised, while computer technologies are used to enhance learning. 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. There is a differentiated Literacy Program available to students requiring additional support.

Humanities
This subject includes the study of History, Civics and Citizenship, Geography and Economics presented as integrated units of work. Students are encouraged to develop and use research strategies to complete assessments. Students continue to develop their skills using 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 – Asia Pacific studies, Vikings and medieval society, production practices, employment and the Chinese economy, law, leadership and levels of government.
  • Writing – Creative, personal, analytical, informative, persuasive and narrative styles.
  • Oral presentations – Informative presentations and speeches, debates and creative responses to texts.
  • 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:

  • A weekly session targeting specific numeracy skills in the Numeracy Intervention program (SNMY).
  • A fortnightly lesson on Problem Solving, specifically targeting reading, unpacking questions, estimation and using maths skills and problems solving strategies to solve worded problems.
  • Lessons on topics within the Victorian Curriculum covering the main dimensions Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. These will incorporate the use the Maths Pathways program to deliver individualised programs for each student.
Topics include:  

· Integers

· Indices, Rational and Irrational Numbers

· Algebra

· Measurement

· Chance and Data

· Equations and Cartesian Planes

· Two and Three Dimensional Geometry

· Rates and Ratio

Food Technology

Students’ knowledge of food is enhanced through making food from a variety of cultures. Influences on food habits and evaluation using the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is addressed.

  • Areas Studied:
    food safety and hygiene
    understanding recipes
    food preparation and processing skills
    food influences from a variety of cultures
    the design process (design briefs)

Associated costs:
Materials $80
Workbook $10

Health and Physical Education

Subject Description:
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
    Bats and racquets
    Team sports

Special Requirements: School sports uniform.

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

Integrated Technology Woodwork

Technology Studies in Year 8 is an integrated course that enables students to explore various technologies to produce models from wood and other materials. Students 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

Associated costs:
Materials $40

LOTE - Indonesian

In Year 8 students will build on their general knowledge of Indonesian language and culture, and begin to appreciate the cultural diversity of Indonesia by studying more specific topics. Students will have the opportunity to study an area of culture that interests them. They will begin constructing longer sentences in Indonesian on topics they are familiar with.

Areas Studied:

  • Food and cooking
  • Animals and environment  
  • Endangered animals
  • Going to school      
  • School in Indonesia and Australia
  • Getting around Indonesia
Performing Arts Drama

In Year 8 Drama the students will work independently and collaboratively. They will further develop their playmaking skills to research, plan, design, create, improvise, evaluate and refine various drama works. They will explore themes and issues from a variety of sources such as text, their experiences, other cultures, theatre styles and the world around them. Students will build on their expressive skills and their knowledge of stagecraft areas. Evaluating their expressive skills and the skills of others will also be explored.

Expressive skills: voice, movement, gestures and facial expressions

Theatre styles and conventions: Mime, Melodrama and Aboriginal Theatre

Playmaking skills: Improvisation, brainstorming, researching, script writing

Performance skills: students will devise a performance to perform to peers

Science

Year 8 Science continues to build on the areas that have been covered in Year 7.  Students continue to develop laboratory skills, research skills and analytical skills.

The strands are: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science Biology.

Areas Studied:

BiologyCells as the basic unit of all living things.  Multicellular organisms, their systems and how systems work. 

ChemistryElements, chemical reactions and physical properties of substances. 

PhysicsThe different forms of energy and how energy changes from one form to another.   The specific properties of light. 

Earth:  The rock cycle, mining and its impacts.

Visual Art

This subject encourages further development of artistic skills explored in Year 7.  

Students explore a range of topics and media to develop and extend visual art, media and visual communication and design skills and techniques.

Areas Studied:

  • Water colour
  • Digital Art
  • Computer design
  • Perspective drawing
  • Portraiture
  • Graphic design
  • 3D Art including, ceramics, screen printing and stenciling

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

STEAM

In Year 8 students have 2 lessons of STEAM per week, for a semester. This course enables students to build upon the knowledge gained in Year 7 to further develop their skills, confidence and creativity and an understanding of how to use digital technologies to design, develop and evaluate these products. This course uses practical applications to demonstrate skills.

Areas Studied:

  • User experience
  • Algorithms
  • Programming
  • Design cycle for product development