Junior School Curriculum


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

Year 9 Curriculum Model

Compulsory Subjects Elective Subjects
Year 9
Semester 1
English General
Mathematics
or
Maths Methods
Science

One Physical
Education
subject in one
semester

and

The Making of the
Modern World
in one semester

Select 4 semester
length subjects
Year 9
Semester 2
English General
Mathematics
or
Maths Methods
Science

Introduction

In Year 9 we value students being able to realise their potential by promoting an ongoing commitment to learning.  We have in place a structure that provides a responsive curriculum that challenges and motivates.  Our goal is to provide a flexible approach to curriculum delivery with opportunities for negotiated content and student centered work programs. There is emphasis on practical and experiential learning while incorporating continued academic skill development.  Each subject is assessed throughout the semester via assessment tasks.

Subject Selection Criteria

Students will:

  • Study English, Mathematics and Science for the year.
  • While students will study English, English electives are available to those seeking support or opportunities to enhance skills further.
  • Study one semester of Physical Education.
  • Study one semester of The Making of the Modern World (History).
  • Choose four subjects from the selection of semester length electives.
  • Consider the suggested learning pathways when selecting subjects.

Guidelines:

  • In Years 7-10 students will be assessed according to Victorian Curriculum standards.
  • Students in Years 9-10 with participate in the Maths Pathways Program which consists of 1 period per week focusing on problem solving/completing a rich task and 4 periods working through the Maths Pathway.
  • Maths Methods Units 3 & 4 MUST be studied before or in conjunction with Specialist Maths Units 3 & 4.
  • Students who wish to study Year 12 Further Mathematics should note that Year 11 General Mathematics Units 1&2 is good preparation for Further Mathematics.

 

 

 

English - Compulsory

Subject Description

Year 9 English is compulsory for all students. This year long subject provides varied opportunities for students to further develop skills and confidence in writing, reading and viewing, and speaking and listening. Throughout the year, students will study a number of themes. Through the study of these themes students gain a critical awareness of how language can be manipulated to suit a variety of purposes, audiences and situations. The study of a variety of texts, including novels, short stories, digital literacy (blogs/websites), and film are core elements of the course. They learn how language works and how to use it effectively in preparation for VCE, and for active and effective participation in the wider community.

Areas Studied:

  • Study of newspapers and issues
  • Oral Presentations
  • Study of texts, such as novels, short stories, narratives, digital literacy (blogs/websites) and film.
  • Writing for specific purposes and audiences, such as persuasive and informative pieces, analytical and comparative essays, and blogs.

For further advice: Sarah Sutton

 

Power of the Pen - Elective

Subject Description:

People are often compelled to put pen to paper. Power of the Pen is designed to extend students writing skills through creative and personal writing. Students will be given opportunities to explore ways to develop pieces in a variety of forms such as short stories, narratives, magazine and newspaper articles. The amazing richness of the English language is the focus. Students will be taught how to write from the planning process through to the final copy. Students gain a critical awareness of how language can be manipulated to suit a variety of purposes, audiences and situations.

A writing competition, “Master Writer” also provides a fun way to develop skills in a supportive environment.

Preparation Subjects Subjects to do Next
 –

 So You Think You

Can Write

For further advice: Lisa Gilby

LOTE: Bahasa Indonesia - Elective

Subject Description:

Learning Indonesian isn’t just about speaking another language. It allows students to understand other cultures while learning about the traditions and society of our nearest neighbour. Students will build on their knowledge from Year 7 and 8 to be able to effectively speak, read, and write in Indonesian, with a focus on the grammar of the language. Students who choose the subject will participate in a range of interactive experiences such as excursions, building models, and performances.

Topic areas:

  • Travelling around the country
  • Hobbies and sport
  • Culture and religion
  • Blood and Spices: Indonesian history

For further advice: Sarah Sutton

General Mathematics

Subject Description:

This course is based on the Victorian Curriculum for Level 9.  It is intended to give students a good grounding for studying Mathematics in Year 10. Students participate in one problem solving lesson per week.

Topics Include:

· Finance

· Indices

· Linear Graphs

· Geometry

· Algebra

· Equations

· Quadratics

· Trigonometry/Pythagoras

· Statistics

· Measurement

 

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

 –

Year 10  Maths

For further advice: Sara Hall

Maths Methods

Subject Description:

This course is designed for those students intending to study Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics. Topics are similar to those in Year 9  Mathematics, but with extra depth in problem-solving and analysis tasks. Students participate in one problem solving lesson per week.

Topics Include:

· Finance

· Indices

· Linear Graphs

· Geometry 

· Algebra

· Trigonometry/Pythagoras

· Statistics

· Measurement

· Equations

· Quadratics   

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

 –

Year 10 Maths Methods

For further advice: Sara Hall

Studio Art

Subject Description:

This course is designed to develop students’ skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Students will develop skills in exploring and responding to a variety of art works and practices.

Areas Studied:

  • Painting: acrylic, water colour
  • Drawing: pencil, pastel, ink and charcoal
  • Printing: dry-point etching
  • Digital Art/Photography
  • Sculpture/Ceramics
  • Appreciation of selected artwork and art movements.
  • Research study of two artists and their working methods

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

Year 8 Art

Year 10 Studio Art

For further advice: Art staff

 

 

Media

Subject Description:

This study focusses on the exploration of photographic and film making practises and techniques. Students will learn key conventions of photography and film. Students will gain a good working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and film editing software.

Areas Studied:

  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop functions and effects
  • Capturing images using digital cameras
  • Digital camera functions
  • Digital Photography and Enhancement
  • Personal Portfolio presentation
  • Video and animation

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

Year 8 Art

Year 10 Media

For further advice: Art staff

 

 

 

 

So You Think You Can Act?

In this subject there is an exploration of both dramatic skills and personal development skills. Drama helps to develop confidence, social skills and the ability to work in teams. Students will learn various dramatic skills through games, drama exercises, pair work, small group work and whole class work. They will also work in small groups to devise performances for their own class and for assemblies.

Areas Studied:

  • Expressive skills
  • Stagecraft
  • Theatre styles
  • Dramatic Elements
  • Themes

Special requirements: An exercise book to be used as a journal.

Subjects to do Next 

Year 10 Drama: Impro and Theatre Studies

For further advice: Sharrelle Lahy

 

 

Jams, Licks and Grooves

Subject Description:

This subject will introduce students to creating music through playing, analysing and writing music. It will be an excellent foundation for students interested in undertaking VET or VCE music. Students do not need any prior music experience but it would be an advantage.

Areas Studied:

Creating music through:

  • Exploring rhythm
  • Developing listening and responding skills
  • Reading and writing basic musical notation
  • Hands on experimentation with instruments

Special Requirements:  Headphones and your own instrument is an advantage.

Subjects to do Next 

 

VCE Music

For further advice: Rianne Quaife

 

 

Advanced Physical Activity

Subject Description:

This subject is designed to prepare students for study in VCE. It will suit those who enjoy intensive physical activity with related theoretical concepts.

Areas Studied:

  • Anatomy or muscles, bones and movement
  • Injury prevention
  • Body responses to physical activity
  • Recovery strategies
  • Energy for excercise

Special Requirements: School sport uniform.

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

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

Sport Science

For further advice: Whitney Kennedy and Jade Hunter

 

 

Physical Education

Subject Description:

This  subject explores recreational activities and non-traditional sports.

Areas Studied:

  • Recreation
  • Lifestyle disease
  • Creation of games
  • Benefits of physical education

Special Requirements: School sport uniform.

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

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

Physical Education

For further advice: Shaun O’Grady

 

 

 

Fitness

Subject Description:

This subject is based on encouraging the development of fitness levels in a variety of different sport specific and recreational activities together with theory that explores issues that are likely to impact young people.  

Areas Studied:

  • Body image
  • Nutrition
  • Safety: cyber, drugs and alcohol

Special Requirements: School sport uniform

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

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

Year 10 Fitness

For further advice: Stuart McGregor

 

 

Rec Ed

Subject Description:

This elective combines prac with theor and is directed towards those who enjoy being physically active, and are also interested in planning and running sports and recreational events and activities.  It will give students an insight into VET Sport and Recreation and senior Physical Education.   The subject will also encourage students to consider various careers pathways within the very popular and forever changing Sport and Fitness industry. 

Areas Studied:

  • Planning and conducting sport and recreational sessions
  • Coaching
  • Sports training and sports first aid
  • Careers in sport
  • Sports management

Special Requirements:   College PE uniform

Subjects to do Next 

VET Sport and  Recreation

For further advice: Whitney Kennedy

Science - Compulsory

Subject Description:

This year long course enables students to explore many areas in Science. They will have opportunities to design and carry out their own practical investigations and it will prepare them better for Year 10 Science.

Areas Studied:

  • The Atom
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Body Coordination
  • Electrical Energy
  • Disease
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Ecosystems

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

Science A

For further advice: Stephen Bates

Advanced Science - Elective

Subject Description:

This is a semester long course that will allow students to further build their understanding of Science topics.  

Areas Studied:

  • Science communication
  • Organic Chemistry – Fuels, Photosynthesis
  • Period table trends and chemical reactions
  • Electromagnetic Radiation and Electromagnets
  • Chemical Reactions

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

Science A and

Science B

For further advice: Lee Tompsett

Humanities - Business, Finance and Legal Studies

Subject Description:

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic fundamentals of Business Management and Economics, Legal Studies and Accounting. On completion of this course, students will have a basic understanding of these three subject areas.

Areas Studied:

  • The Australian Economy and our impact
  • Economic issues and Australia’s place in Asia
  • Business characteristics and innovations
  • The changing work environment and protecting workers
  • Managing and minimising financial risks and rewards
  • Business, money and you
  • Government, democracy and the citizen
  • Australia’s Legal and Court system
  • Civil and Criminal Law

For further advice: Kara Lierich

 

Humanities - The Making of the Modern World

Subject Description:

This subject looks at the emergence of the modern world from 1750 to 1918, and the changes this brought to the way people lived, worked and thought.

Areas Studied:

  • The Industrial Revolution and how the coming of machines affected both people and the natural environment
  • How colonisation and imperialism has shaped the modern world
  • The British colonisation of Australia and the impact this had on the indigenous people
  • The factors leading to Australia’s decision to join as a Federation
  • The causes and impacts of World War One, ‘the war to end all wars’, with a particular emphasis on Australia

For further advice: Thomas Domaille

Technology - Automotive

Subject Description:

Students will develop an understanding how engines operate, 4 and 2 stroke systems. Students will learn how the fuel and ignition works. They will demonstrate their level of learning by rebuilding a small single cylinder engine whilst using correct tools and terminology.

Areas Studied:

  • disassemble and assemble single cylinder engines
  • correctly clean all internal and external components
  • learn what affect engine wear has on engines and how to measure it
  • Check and repair damage and check engine components

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

VET Automotive

Associated costs:
Materials $30

For further advice: see Integrated Technology staff

 

Technology - Computronics

Subject Description:

Students will investigate current technology and how this might change in the future and applications for innovation. Combination of electronic basics and computing to program electronic devices. This subject will build practical skills in electronics and computing. Students will build electronic circuit boards and then learn to program these for various functions and models.  

Areas Studied:

  • Investigation and presentation of a robotic device and its effect on today’s society
  • Basic electronic circuit design, component identification and construction.

Using a programmable circuit board and construction of a model to complete a set of tasks.

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

Year 10 Computronics

Associated costs:
Materials $80

For further advice: see Rachael Bath and Brett Theobald

 

Technology - Furniture Design and Construction

Subject Description:

Students will be exposed to the different aspects of furniture design and fabrication techniques. They will learn to appreciate the practical and aesthetic use of timber and how this natural and renewable resource can be constructed to produce a beautiful piece of furniture.  Students will also learn the characteristics of different timbers when selecting their piece of furniture. They will learn to research, design, cost, produce and evaluate their piece of furniture.

Areas Studied:

· Research techniques

· Perspective drawing using correct techniques

· Basic furniture design

· Construction of joints

· Lathe work (optional)

· Timber properties

· Timber finishes

Assessment: Folio of practical models.               

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

Year 10 Furniture

VET Furniture

Associated costs:
Materials $80

For further advice: see Integrated Technology staff

 

Technology - Fabulous Technology

Subject Description:

Students will be able to design and produce their own model from the following list; a small cabinet, chair, table, storage box, jewellery box or table. They will explore a  wide  range  of  materials,  construction  methods  and finishing techniques.

Areas Studied:

  • Design Folio: understanding the process of designing a product, methods of communication, drawing techniques
  • Woodworking joints
  • Model and material costing
  • Materials testing
  • Practical Model: a wooden model that may combine other materials
  • Evaluation reports

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

Fabulous Technology

VET Furniture

Associated costs:
Materials $80

For further advice: see Integrated Technology staff

 

Technology - Metals and Manufacturing

Subject Description:

This subject is designed to develop a student’s knowledge in various metal materials. They will join and fabricate metals to produce a variety of small projects. Students will learn to measure, mark out and join metals using a variety of techniques.

Areas Studied:

  • Various metal joining methods
  • Gas metal arc welding and manual metal arc welding
  • Cutting methods of oxy/acetylene
  • Fabrication methods of metals
  • Basic drawing techniques for use in production of metal plans for fabrication
  • Evaluation of process and skills obtained

Assessment: Folio of practical models.

Preparation Subjects 

Subjects to do Next 

Year 10 Metals

VET Engineering

Associated costs:
Materials $80

For further advice: see Integrated Technology staff

 

Technology - Cakes and Pastries

Subject Description:

The focus of this subject is on the different processes and ingredients used in a variety of baked products. Students will prepare and produce various sweet and savoury dishes on a weekly basis. Students will gain an understanding about the purpose of individual ingredients in selected products.

Areas Studied:

  • Health and safety in and around the kitchen
  • Recipe interpretation and modification
  • The role of important ingredients in baked products
  • Different pastry types and uses in dishes
  • The design process (design briefs)

Subjects to do Next 

Masterchef, Food Glorious Food!

VET Hospitality

Associated costs:
Materials $80
Workbook $10

For Further Advice: Holly Ingram, Shane Domaille.

 

Technology - Catering

Subject Description:

This subject focuses on developing good food preparation skills that are associated with catering. Students will produce a variety of dishes that are produced in mainstream kitchens for large quantities of customers.

Areas Studied:

  • Food preparation including techniques and equipment
  • Time planning and costing
  • Safety and hygiene in the kitchen
  • Factors influencing food choice such as menu planning and dietary requirements
  • Food service trends
  • The design process (design briefs)

Subjects to do Next 

Masterchef, Food Glorious Food!

VET Hospitality

Associated costs:
Materials $80
Workbook $10

For Further Advice: Holly Ingram, Shane Domaille.

 

Information Technology

Subject Description:

This course is designed so that students can continue to develop skills and knowledge with computers and programming. They will create a simple website and interactive programs.

Students will apply the knowledge and skills learnt to real life situations including robotics and games.

Areas Studied:

  • Introduction to visual and text based programming languages for different purposes
  • Introduction to programming techniques, problem solving and troubleshooting
  • Documentation of programs and how they work
  • Using apps and software to build programs
  • Applying programs to real life situations
  • Collection, visualization and analysis of data

Subjects to do Next 

VET Information Technology

For Further Advice: Rachael Bath