Years 7-9

Differentiated learning to meet student needs

Learning

Years 7-9

Our broad areas of learning are expertly chosen so that Years 7-9 can thrive in our educational environment.

Our students in Years 7, 8 and 9 work with the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline in a modified form.

Using the objectives and resources as our starting point, we have developed activities, tasks and assessments which are adapted according to our students’ needs.

Our in-class learning offers the scaffolding that students need to improve and achieve success at their level.

English Curriculum

Our English curriculum is built around three interrelated strands: language, literature and literacy.

These three components aid the development of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.

Our learning in English builds on concepts and skills that are developed in earlier years of education and strengthens them.

Topics studied include:

Language

  • Language variation and change;
  • Language for interaction;
  • Text structure and organisation;
  • Expressing and developing ideas.

Literature

  • Literature and context;
  • Responding to literature;
  • Examining literature;
  • Creating literature.

Literacy

  • Texts in context;
  • Interacting with others;
  • Interpreting, analysing and evaluating;
  • Creating texts.

Mathematics Curriculum

Our Mathematics content is built around number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability.

The proficiencies of understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning reinforce the significance of working mathematically within the content and describe how the content is explored or developed. They provide the language which builds the development of our students’ learning of mathematics.

Topics studied include:

Number and Algebra

  • Number and place value;
  • Money and financial mathematics;
  • Patterns and algebra;
  • Linear and non-linear relationships.

Measurement and Geometry

  • Using units of measurement;
  • Location and transformation;
  • Geometric reasoning.

Statistics and Probability

  • Chance;
  • Data representation and interpretation.

Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum

Our Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum consists of Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History.

We enable our students to develop increasing independence in critical thinking and skill application. This includes questioning, researching, analysing, evaluating, communicating and reflecting. They apply these skills to investigate events, developments, issues and phenomena; both historical and contemporary.

Topics studied include:

Year 7

  • Designing our political and legal system;
  • Producing and consuming;
  • Water in the world;
  • Place and liveability;
  • The ancient world (focussing on Egypt, Greece, Rome, India or China).

Year 8

  • Democracy and law in action;
  • Participation and influences in the marketplace;
  • Landforms and landscape;
  • Changing Nations;
  • The ancient to modern world.

Year 9

  • Our democratic rights;
  • Australia and the global economy;
  • Biomes and food security;
  • Geographies of interconnections;
  • The making of the modern world.

Science Curriculum

Students will be able to describe the techniques to separate pure substances from mixtures.

They also learn how to represent and predict the effects of unbalanced forces, including Earth’s gravity, and be able to explain how the relative positions of the Earth, the sun and the moon affect phenomena on Earth.

Students also learn how to classify and organise divers organisms based on observable differences and predict the effect of human and environmental changes on interactions between organisms.

Science as a Human Endeavour

Our students will learn how to describe situations where scientific knowledge has been used to solve real-world problems.

Science Inquiry Skills

Our students identify questions that can be identified scientifically, and learn how to communicate their ideas, methods and findings using scientific language and appropriate representations.

They learn how to plan fair experimental methods, identifying variables that can be changed and measured. They select equipment that improves fairness, accuracy and safety of their experiments and draw on evidence to support their conclusions.

Our students develop the skills to be able to summarise their data from different sources, describe trends and refer to the quality of their data when suggesting improvements to their methods.

Topics studied across all year groups include:

  • Biological Sciences;
  • Chemical Sciences;
  • Earth and Space Sciences;
  • Physical Sciences;
  • Nature and the development of science;
  • Use and influence of science;
  • Questioning and predicting;
  • Planning and conducting;
  • Processing and analysing data and information.