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Year 7-8 Curriculum

Years 7 & 8 Curriculum  

The Year 7-8 curriculum is designed to challenge and engage students whilst building a strong foundation for further study. 

English - Year 7-8 students learn to read, view, speak, listen, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated texts.  Students participate in an independent reading routine program supported by the school's teacher librarian. 

Mathematics – In Year 7 students are introduced to algebra and plotting graphs on the Cartesian plane.  In Year 8 a greater focus is placed on algebraic techniques such as solving equations, simplifying expressions, graphing lines, directed numbers, probability and ratios. 

Science - Year 7 students are introduced to the Science laboratory looking at how scientists work and learn how to write practical reports. They investigate technology and how it can be used in science to solve a number of problems. In Year 8 students study of Chemistry, Geology, Biological Sciences and Physics. 

Humanities - Year 7 students are introduced to the basic language and skills of Geography and History. They explore ancient civilisations, Australian environments and Global environmental change.  Year 8 students investigate key geographic features in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and study The Western and Islamic World, The Asia Pacific World, and Expanding Contacts. Students gain a developed understanding of Australian systems of government in Civics and Citizenship. 

Physical Education - Year 7 students participate in activities that develop fitness as well as individual motor skills. The variety of experiences include athletics, minor games, softball, soccer, gymnastics, netball, hockey, football and cricket. Year 8 is based on five-week units of major. Fitness is also emphasised with regular activities aimed at improving strength, endurance, flexibility and speed. Within this program is the Interschool competition, where the students compete against other schools. Visit our Sport page for details.  

Health - Students examine their changing lifestyles as they move into the challenging adolescent stage of the human lifespan, and how this impacts on their health. Students investigate the different types of relationships that exist between friends and family.  Some aspects of drug use in the community are also explored. Exploring healthy diet and nutrition is also a key element of this course. 

Japanese - Year 7 students study the basic elements of conversation such as greetings, introductions, expressions and simple questions. They learn to read and write simple sentences in the hiragana script. Year 8 students memorise hiragana, katakana and various kanji, and expand their vocabulary.  Year 7-8 students develop an intercultural understanding by exploring Japanese culture. In July/August students host Japanese students in their classes. 

Music - Through participation in ensemble work, using a range of instruments, the Year 7-8 curriculum focuses on enhancing students’ ability to create, make, explore and respond to music. Students are introduced to simple notation, performance, composition, music styles and instruments.

Modules & Electives

Year 7 Semester Modules – Art, Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Multi Media and Visual Communication Design.  Year 8 Electives – Art, CAD Designing, Creative Spaces, Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Get Designing, Music Extension 1 & 2, Photography, Textiles, Economics & Business.