Curriculum Handbook Middle Years - 2020 EDITION - Perth Modern School

 
Curriculum Handbook Middle Years - 2020 EDITION - Perth Modern School
Western Austr alia’s only selective academic school

                  Curriculum Handbook
                           Middle Years
                                         2020 EDITION
Curriculum Handbook Middle Years - 2020 EDITION - Perth Modern School
Western Austr alia’s only selective academic school

     Please read this handbook in conjunction with:
     • Curriculum Opportunities 2018 And Beyond (available on the Perth Modern School website).

           Students and parents are advised to refer to the most recent handbooks or websites from
      TAFE Institutes of Training, TISC, the Universities and the School Curriculum and Standards Authority
          and School Curriculum Opportunities, prior to making subject selections and career plans.

     PUBLICATION DATE: May 2019
     PUBLISHED BY:        Perth Modern School
                          Roberts Road
                          SUBIACO 6008
                          9380 0555

                                    www.perthmodernschool.education.wa.edu.au

ii     Perth Modern School • Curriculum Handbook Middle Years 2020
Curriculum Handbook Middle Years - 2020 EDITION - Perth Modern School
Western Austr alia’s only selective academic school

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Contents
Introduction .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                    3         Health and Physical Education Learning Area  .  .  .  .  .  . 17
        Savoir C’est Pouvoir (Knowledge is Power) .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                                                         4                Year 7 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 18
        Key Guiding Principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                                    5                Year 8 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 18
                  Personal Best .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                   5                Year 9 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 19
                  Enrichment Opportunities .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                               5         Humanities And Social Sciences Learning Area .  .  .  .  . 21
                  Advanced Placement .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                      5                Year 7 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 22
                  Co-Curricular Opportunities  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                                 5                Year 8 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 23
                  Student Progress  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                           5                Year 9 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 24
                  Student Academic Support .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                                  5         Languages Learning Area  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 25
        The Curriculum  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                        6                Year 7 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 26
                  Timetable Structure  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                 6                Year 8 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 26
                  Advocacy  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .              6                Year 9 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 26
                  Pegasus .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .          6         Mathematics Learning Area .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 27
                  Modern Innovations Curriculum .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                                            7                Year 7 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 28
                  Career Planning  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                         7                Year 8 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 29
                  2020 Course Selection Process .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                                      7                Year 9 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 30
        Year 7 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   7         Music Learning Area  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 31
        Years 8 and 9 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                 8                Year 7 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 32
        Year 9 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   8                Year 8 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 33
                  Leadership and Entrepreneurship .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                                             8                Year 9 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 34
Arts and Technology Learning Area  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                                                            9         Science Learning Area  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 35
        Year 7 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 10                 Year 7 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 36
                  Arts  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 10              Year 8 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 36
                  Technologies .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 10                                  Year 9 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 36
        Year 8 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 11          Appendix 1: Careers and Education Websites .  .  .  .  .  .  . 37
                  Arts  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 11
                  Technologies .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 12
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                  Arts  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 12
                  Technologies .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 13
English Learning Area  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 15
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                                                                                                                                                                      Perth Modern School • Curriculum Handbook Middle Years 2020                                                                                                           1
Curriculum Handbook Middle Years - 2020 EDITION - Perth Modern School
Curriculum Handbook Middle Years - 2020 EDITION - Perth Modern School
CURRICULUM HANDBOOK MIDDLE YEARS 2020

Introduction
Curriculum Handbook Middle Years - 2020 EDITION - Perth Modern School
Western Austr alia’s only selective academic school

    Introduction
                       SAVOIR C’EST POUVOIR (KNOWLEDGE IS POWER)
                       The school motto, Savoir C’est Pouvoir, acknowledges the value of knowledge within
                       our society. Perth Modern School continues to value its traditions whilst preparing
                       students to meet the challenges of the future. The Middle Years program strives to
                       empower its students by fostering a love of learning.
                       As Western Australia’s only selective school for academically gifted students, Perth Modern School
                       delivers a program to meet the needs of students who have been identified as having the potential to
                       achieve high levels of academic excellence. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some
                       already have well-developed talents, while others need further opportunities to develop their ‘gifts’ into
                       talent. Our Middle Years program aims to provide a wide range of opportunities to enable students to
                       reach their full academic potential.
                       Perth Modern School has established a learning environment that is unique and advantageous to gifted
                       learners. Students have the opportunity to learn and develop with like-minded individuals. As a result,
                       teachers are able to effectively modify the curriculum specifically to meet the needs of their students.
                       Teachers aim to design instructional activities that foster growth of thinking skills at high, complex and
                       abstract levels.
                       Each Learning Area provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and ethos
                       necessary for academic success. The content of each subject is designed so that students may achieve
                       outcomes consistent with their ability and effort.
                       Our curriculum is differentiated on the basis of acceleration, enrichment and extension to engage and
                       challenge our students. The Middle Years content is compacted to allow enrichment differentiation to
                       be focused on the degree of difficulty of the material and on the curriculum being studied at greater
                       depth.
                       The acceleration and differentiation is focused on the faster pace of classroom instruction and on the
                       earlier introduction of advanced subject matter into the classroom. Teachers aim to make learning
                       enjoyable, stimulating and relevant. Students are provided with a sound platform of understandings
                       within a range of disciplines that will enable them to excel in the Senior Years.
                       The use of Information Technology is a key feature in the provision of the educational program. Students
                       are encouraged to explore ways in which technology can assist them in their learning.

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Curriculum Handbook Middle Years - 2020 EDITION - Perth Modern School
Western Austr alia’s only selective academic school

KEY GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The core goal of the Middle Years curriculum is to engage            ADVANCED PLACEMENT
students in a love of learning. The following principles guide       Students may choose advanced placement by subject or
the development and delivery of our curriculum:                      by year. Information regarding acceleration by advanced
•   High expectations for all students.                              placement is available in the Information Handbook.
•   Gifted and talented teaching and learning principles.            Students wishing to access a subject advance placement
•   Curriculum which is differentiated, compacted and                should consult the Head of the Learning Area. Students
    accelerated.                                                     wishing full year advanced placement should meet with the
•   Appropriate challenge.                                           Associate Principal.
•   Deep core learning.
                                                                     CO-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
•   Breadth of curriculum.
                                                                     Perth Modern School offers a wide selection of clubs, arts
•   Learning beyond the classroom.
                                                                     productions, sport, camps, excursions and tours. Clubs
•   Personalised learning opportunities.
                                                                     are advertised on the clubs notice board, on Connect or
•   Co-curricular opportunities.
                                                                     through the daily notices. Students are encouraged to join
•   Support for all students.
                                                                     up for or try out for activities that take their interest.
•   Personal development.
Additionally, the curriculum values social, civic and                STUDENT PROGRESS
environmental responsibility that aims to explore and                Parents receive a formal report twice each year. The
promote the common good; meet individual needs in                    report indicates the grade achieved in each subject.
ways which do not infringe the rights of others; participate         Each student’s progress is monitored closely. If individual
in democratic processes; social justice and cultural                 students encounter difficulties with their learning, parents
diversity; respect and concern for the natural and cultural          are contacted before the formal reporting period. Parents
environments; and a commitment to regenerative and                   are welcome to contact the school at any time if they are
sustainable resource use.                                            concerned about their child’s progress.

PERSONAL BEST                                                        STUDENT ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Each student is encouraged to achieve their personal                 Even though our students have outstanding academic
best and to develop a sense of pride in themselves, the              ability, some experience the same pressures all teenagers
school, their environment and their society. As well as              face when growing up in a complex society and this may
enhanced in‑class learning opportunities, students have              impact upon their academic performance. The school has in
the opportunity to pursue areas of individual interest and           place well‑established procedures for providing our students
to develop a high level of competency by participating in            with the support they need when they encounter personal
a range of co‑curricular activities provided by the school           or academic difficulties at school. The school provides a
and by external providers such as tertiary institutions and          homework club in the library four afternoons per week,
professional associations.                                           listed on Connect, pathway.

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Perth Modern School recognises that although all of its
students have exceptional ability, there will be some whose
achievement in, and passion for, a particular subject requires
a program that enriches them even further.
Students have access to Academic Enrichment in English,
Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Science
class groups. To be placed in an Academic Enrichment
group, students must demonstrate outstanding
achievement and a well-developed work ethic. Placement is
decided by the Head of each Learning Area.

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Curriculum Handbook Middle Years - 2020 EDITION - Perth Modern School
Western Austr alia’s only selective academic school

    THE CURRICULUM
    TIMETABLE STRUCTURE                                               Co-Curricular
    Our innovative curriculum will operate on a 10-day cycle          List of the extra-curricular participation (e.g. School Netball
    and with designated weeks A and B. This will allow for a          team, Chess team, Debating team etc).
    smoother curriculum delivery. Periods are 54 minutes in
                                                                      House Participation
    length with some doubles to permit deep exploration and
    core learning to take place.                                      List of the House activities participated in (e.g. House Bake
                                                                      off, House Sudoku etc).
    ADVOCACY
                                                                      Competitions (examples)
    Our Advocacy program contributes to the wellbeing and
                                                                      •   Australian Geography Competition
    well-rounded growth and support of our students through
                                                                      •   Australian History Competition
    emphasis on social and emotional wellbeing. Advocacy
    will add to the curriculum through developing effective           •   Australian Mathematics Competition
    organisational skills, interpersonal relationships and an         •   Australasian Problem Solving Maths Olympiad
    appreciation of the value of community service and ‘giving        •   Language Perfect World Championships
    back’. School spirit and connection will be advanced              •   Australian Space Design Competition
    through participation in House activities, social and whole       •   Australian Brain Bee
    school events.                                                    •   Book in a Day
    The Advocacy program for students in the Middle Years             •   YoHFEST
    will build self-confidence, awareness and aspirations whilst
                                                                      •   UNSW Competition
    embedding the School Values of: Respect Yourself, Respect
                                                                      •   Dorothea McKellar Poetry
    Others and Respect the Space. Students will participate in
                                                                      •   Big Science Competition
    camps to develop relationships, health and wellness and
    leadership skills. Students will explore:                         •   Black Swan Portraiture
    •   Year 7: Sense of Belonging and Sense of Worth                 •   F1 in Schools
    •   Year 8: Sense of Community and Sense of Humour                •   City of Subiaco Art Awards
    •   Year 9: Sense of Purpose and Sense of Future.                 •   Science IQ
                                                                      •   Have Sum Fun Online
    In the Senior Years, students will participate in health and
    wellness activities, career and university lectures as well as    •   Make Your Own Story Book
    listening to guest speakers and experts in the field. Special     •   Python Competition
    Advocacy groups are formed for those students involved            •   Tournament
    in the Student Council and those students interested in           •   UNYouth Voice
    Sustainability, Community Service and Wellbeing.                  •   WA Debating League
                                                                      •   Tim Winton Award for Young Writers
    PEGASUS
                                                                      •   Science Café
    Pegasus Society is an opportunity for Middle Years students
    to be recognised for their contributions to the School and        •   Youth on Health
    wider community for non-academic activities. There are four       •   Write4Fun.
    areas, each with specific criteria that must be completed:        Each Middle Years student receives a Pegasus book to
                                                                      record all the activities undertaken to achieve Pegasus. For
    Community Service
                                                                      each semester a student achieves Pegasus, they receive a
    List of the community service completed and hours of each         certificate. For the first semester they achieve Pegasus they
    entry.                                                            also receive a Pin and after four semesters students receive a
                                                                      Pegasus Bar to wear.

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Curriculum Handbook Middle Years - 2020 EDITION - Perth Modern School
Western Austr alia’s only selective academic school

Mod Time                                                              CAREER PLANNING
All students will participate in Mod Time. In the Middle Years        Students begin investigating career education in Year 7 as
this will involve Clubs (e.g. dance, sports, film, art, circus,       an ongoing pathway through secondary school. They will
debating, robotics). The focus of these clubs is to broaden           be assisted by teachers in planning and mapping individual
student experiences and enable them to pursue their                   pathways as part of planning for the direction their future
interests and build relationships.                                    education and careers will take.
                                                                      In Year 7, students develop interpersonal skills, building
MODERN INNOVATIONS CURRICULUM
                                                                      resilience and communication. In Year 8, students investigate
In contemporary educational thinking, the teaching of
                                                                      changing trends in the job market and the future of work. In
innovation is considered increasingly important in a rapidly
                                                                      Year 9, students undertake a range of online questionnaires
changing world. The Australian Curriculum and its General
                                                                      to identify their strengths and interests, assisting them with
Capabilities emphasise creativity, critical, creative and
                                                                      their future career pathway decision‑making.
computational thinking and problem-solving as well as
communication and collaboration. Cultivating these 21st               2020 COURSE SELECTION PROCESS
century learning skills is the cornerstone of our Modern              For all years, subject selection must be entered via Subject
Innovations Curriculum in the Middle Years. A key aim                 Selection Online (SSO). Students should seek input from
is to add depth to students learning with the teaching                subject teachers, counsellors and parents and choices
of structured visible thinking, particularly through the              should be guided by the current years’ Semester 1 results.
integration of the philosophical Community of Inquiry,
Thinking Routines, and Habits of Mind. We believe that                YEAR 7
thinking involves the structured learning of a skills-set and
the appropriate habits or dispositions for thinking.                  Year 7 students follow a set program designed to help
                                                                      explore their strengths and challenges.
The Modern Innovations Curriculum links directly to key
principles of gifted and talented best practice embracing             The core theme is:
interdisciplinary approaches to learning. It encourages               Know Thyself: personal and social competence
inquisitiveness, imagination and engages students                     School Value: Respect Yourself
conceptually in real world issues. It differentiates learning         Typically, students in Year 7 will follow a set timetable
in accordance with each student’s interests by providing              which will include core studies in English, Mathematics,
opportunity for choice. The Modern Innovations                        Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and
Curriculum extends the learning experience beyond                     Physical Education, a wide range of creative subjects in
subjects by its emphasis on analysis, evaluation and                  Arts and Technology and Enterprise and an Apprenticeship
synthesis, which are the phases of higher order thinking that         in Thinking component. Year 7 students will explore four
must be used in the process of researching, problem‑solving,          languages before they settle on their preferred option in
and the planning and presenting of innovative solutions and           Year 8. Clubs will be an integral part of the Year 7 timetable
ideas to an audience.                                                 with students given opportunity to explore debating, chess,
In Years 7 and 8 this program forms part of the core subjects         future problem‑solving, sustainability, art, astronomy and
and integrates learning areas through problem‑based                   amongst others.
learning and STEAM as well as a structured Coding program.            Music is an important aspect of Perth Modern School and all
In Year 9 student complete a course in Entrepreneur/                  Year 7 students will participate in the Music program.
Leadership course and a Thinking program designed to
                                                                      For more information see: www.perthmodern.wa.edu.au/
inspire independence, originality and perseverance.
                                                                      curriculum-opportunities/

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    YEARS 8 AND 9                                                   YEAR 9
    In Years 8 and 9, additional to the core studies in English,    Additional to the core studies in English, Mathematics,
    Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences,           Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical
    Health and Physical Education and Apprenticeship in             Education and Apprenticeship in Thinking, students will
    Thinking, students will have the opportunity to select their    have the opportunity to select their language and electives.
    language and electives.
                                                                    LEADERSHIP AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    Core themes:
                                                                    Encourages students to develop their critical thinking and
    Year 8         Self and Others-Community and ethical
                                                                    problem‑solving skills. Students will implement the skills
                   understandings
                                                                    they have developed in both the school context as well as
    School Value: Respect Others                                    pitching their innovative solutions to the wider community.
    Year 9         Self and Community-National, Global,             The unit provides opportunities to work with their peers as
                   Universal and Intercultural Understandings       well as mentors from business and industry.
    School Value: Respect the Space
    Students must choose at least one semester of Technologies
    and one semester of Arts within their program.
    In Years 8 and 9 students may choose to continue with class
    level or the specialist extension music program. As part
    of the music program students will participate in choirs,
    orchestras and bands.

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Learning Area
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     Arts and Technology Learning Area

     Year 7

     ARTS                                                               TECHNOLOGIES

     DANCE                                                              DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES
     Students develop an understanding of the elements of               Students learn and develop the skills required in the
     dance and choreographic devices to create dance that               workshop; this will cover workshop safety and the correct
     communicates an idea. They continue to improve their               use of tools and machinery. While learning tool skills,
     technical dance skills, focusing on confidence, clarity            students will be incorporating wood and plastics into their
     of movement and projection. As they make dance and                 design projects. This will be the basis for their future study in
     respond to it, they reflect on the meaning, interpretations        Design and Technologies, as the skills can be developed and
     and purposes of dance.                                             improved upon in the coming years. This course focuses on
     Safe dance practices underlie all experiences, as students         two Design and Technologies Outcomes—Technical Process
     perform within their own body capabilities and work safely         and Materials. Students will be encouraged to research,
     in groups. Students will rehearse and refine technical skills in   design, create and evaluate their individual projects.
     Street Dance/Hip Hop genre and perform a class dance with
                                                                        DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES: CODING
     technical and stylistic accuracy appropriate to style and/or
     choreographic intent.                                              A short introductory course provides students with the
                                                                        opportunity to use their thinking skills, involving the
     DRAMA                                                              key concepts of abstraction, data representation and
     Drama aims to engage students in the knowledge and                 interpretation in the development of algorithms and
     skills of Drama through drama games, warm-up activities            implementation of these to create digital solutions to
     to develop voice and movement technique, and practical             computer-based design problems.
     workshops to introduce drama processes including dramatic          Using digital systems to efficiently and effectively transform
     play, play‑building, rehearsing, performing and responding.        their algorithms to discover solutions to open‑ended tasks
     Students will be introduced to simple production elements          using the programming language Scratch. Students will
     such as costumes and props and will learn how to use               then be given the opportunity to investigate algorithms to
     the performance space. They will work in groups to plan,           solve problems from The Hour of Code, involving a similar
     rehearse and perform a circus routine. The emphasis of the         interface to Scratch. For experts, students will be given the
     course is for students to gain confidence and skills as they       opportunity to explore coding with Javascript.
     explore how drama contributes to personal, social and
     cultural identity.                                                 INTRODUCTION TO FOOD TECHNOLOGY
                                                                        Students learn about where their food comes from, how
     VISUAL ARTS                                                        it is produced and how they can prepare it. They will
     Encouraging personal interpretation, exploration and               develop an understanding of the properties of foods, food
     imagination. Students have opportunities to use and apply          groups, safety and hygiene, food processing, presentation,
     visual language and artistic conventions in their design           sustainability and nutrition requirements. Students will then
     and production process. They create 2D and 3D artworks             apply their knowledge through the design and preparation
     which encourage personal response and an understanding             of foods for specific purposes.
     of compositional structure. Students are introduced to an
     awareness of cultural, social and historical contexts that are
     embodied in artworks and or art styles which, in turn, allows
     them to link their own production to a given context. There
     is a focus on safe visual arts practices when using tools and
     media within the art room, as well as how to present their
     artwork to enhance audience interpretation.

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ARTS                                                                  PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL IMAGING
                                                                      Can be studied for one semester or as a yearlong course.
DANCE                                                                 This course offers students an exciting opportunity to
Can be studied for one semester or as a yearlong course.              explore the ever-growing industry of digital photography
Students will engage in an exciting and creative course of            and graphic design. The course is designed to have a heavy
study, building on the Year 7 Dance short course. Students            emphasis on using software, including Adobe® Photoshop®
will further develop their Hip Hop technique: a free, funky           and InDesign®.
expression of movement to popular music. They will also               Students will complete a photo shoot in the Fashion Studio
be introduced to improvisation skills through contemporary            as well as shooting on excursion, which will introduce
dance to create new movement, and choreograph dances                  them to a broad range of image capture skills. These skills
using the elements of dance and choreographic devices                 are widely transferable to many situations, which will be of
for a purpose. Students will discuss how dance can                    huge benefit to the students as they continue to explore
communicate meaning and how dance genres/styles differ                photography throughout their lives.
including, but not limited to, ballet, jazz, Hip Hop, street          Students will experiment with many other technologies,
dance, tap and cultural dance (for example, Spanish, Indian,          including professional studio lighting, drawing using Wacom
Bollywood).                                                           drawing tablets and printing their work on industry standard
                                                                      printers. Final tasks will be commercially printed, so students
DRAMA                                                                 and parents can use and enjoy the final products.
Can be studied for one semester or as a yearlong course.
Drama is designed to build students’ confidence in the                VISUAL ARTS
performance space through practical workshops and                     Can be studied for one semester or as a yearlong course.
improvisation activities. Students will explore character             Students have opportunities to develop their creativity
creation and play-building through the performance style of           further using artistic conventions of more complexity
Children’s Theatre, with an initial focus on stereotypes and          in their design and production process. They create 2D
familiar characters. This will be followed by an exploration          and 3D artworks with awareness of producing a personal
of realism, through script interpretation and the creation of         response to given stimuli, through exposure to a variety of
believable characters.                                                techniques. Students will go on a field excursion to put their
Building on their understanding and practical use of voice            observational drawing skills in to real world practice. These
and movement techniques, as well as a range of stagecraft             drawings, and photos taken, will influence their concept
skills to assist in refining and rehearsing group performances.       and design development for their own art project. Students
With a focus on practical performance, Drama students                 apply knowledge of techniques used by other artists and
enjoy furthering their understanding of how these                     consider audience interpretation in the production of their
techniques are applied.                                               own artwork. The course enables students to develop their
                                                                      visual literacy skills whilst discovering their own creative
                                                                      style, appreciation and enjoyment of art.

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     TECHNOLOGIES                                                       Year 9
     DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES
     An introduction to using tools and machinery in the                ARTS
     workshop. Throughout the semester, students will be
     working with plastics, wood and metal, and will learn the          DANCE
     processes involved with manipulating these products.               Can be studied for one semester or as a yearlong course.
     Students will be utilising hand skills, which will lead to using   Emphasis on choreographic elements. Students will further
     heavy power tools in further years when developing their           explore the choreographer’s use of the elements of dance,
     creative projects. All of the projects developed in Design         choreographic devices and structures, and design concepts
     and Technologies have a structure that is based on the             for choreographic intent in the dances they make and view.
     creative design of the student, moving through a process of        Events such as the ACHPER Dance Festival will provide an
     research, design plans and then creation. By the end of the        opportunity for students to apply these skills.
     course, students will come out with a variety of projects that     Students further explore the choreographer’s use of the
     will display their hand skill development.                         elements of dance, choreographic devices and structures,
                                                                        and design concepts for choreographic intent in the
     DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
                                                                        dances they make and view. With emphasis on stagecraft
     Focuses on further developing understanding and skills in
                                                                        components such as costuming, stage make-up, lighting
     computational thinking. This course provides the students
                                                                        and set design.
     with opportunities to develop the practical skills and
     knowledge to set up and operate the essential functions            DRAMA
     of a computer. Students will learn useful skills that enable       Can be studied for one semester or as a yearlong course.
     them to effectively use software applications to create
                                                                        Students will participate in a series of improvisation
     digital products. They will also learn about PC hardware
                                                                        workshops, providing them with the necessary skills to
     fundamentals, safety aspects, networks and hardware, and
                                                                        compete as a member of a team in the annual Improvisation
     the different fields of digital technologies.
                                                                        Evening. This will be performed to an invited audience.
     As a result of this learning students will have opportunities      Students will then investigate the theatre form of Commedia
     to create a range of solutions, such as interactive games,         dell’Arte, building on physical performance skills and using
     web applications and digital graphics. This will be done           stock characters to create hilarious story lines. Along the way
     through exploring software such as Scratch, MsLOGO, HTML,          students will continue to develop both their collaborative
     JavaScript and others.                                             and reflective analysis skills.

     FOOD TECHNOLOGY                                                    Students will be introduced to political theatre and the work
                                                                        of Bertolt Brecht. Students will use theatre technologies
     A creative, hands-on subject encompassing many life skills.
                                                                        including multi-media, lighting and sound to create their
     Students are encouraged to use their own initiative to solve
                                                                        own Docudrama on an issue relevant to them. This unit
     problems while working cooperatively with others, using
                                                                        provides the opportunity for students to further develop
     appropriate equipment and managing time effectively. This
                                                                        their performance skills in presentational theatre styles, as
     is done in the context of food preparation where students
                                                                        well as undertaking the roles of dramaturge and scriptwriter.
     will learn to safely prepare a variety of foods suitable for
                                                                        For the final task of the year students will also engage in
     breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks. Students will
                                                                        script interpretation.
     examine the relationship between their diet and their
     health. They are given the opportunity to consider society
     and ethics; and economic, environmental and social
     sustainability factors that can impact our food choices.

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IMAGING (INTRODUCTION)                                                Can be studied for one semester or as a yearlong course.
Students will explore digital photography in a course that            Students enhance their creative expression to a
focuses on producing high quality photographic images                 greater complexity during their design and production
and graphic designs. A wide variety of media concepts will            process. Documenting ideas, applying understanding
be studied, where students learn about how the print media            of compositional structure to create a unique personal
market their designs, communicate their message and target            response, while representing a theme. Students manipulate
specific audiences. Students will learn how to develop their          materials, techniques, art styles when producing 2D and/or
own typeface and to apply colour theory to a design. The              3D artwork which communicate their own artistic intention
study of these conventions gives the students an excellent            and creative style. Students experience a growing awareness
platform to build on for their study of Design in Senior              of how and why artists are influenced by their environment
School. Students will participate in a field excursion to Kings       and contexts. Students will go on excursion to view and
Park, with the results printed, framed and showcased in a             respond to artworks in society to further develop their
Year 9 Photography Exhibition. They will also shoot in the            visual literacy and communication skills. The course enables
Fashion Studio as well as collaborating on a task to show the         students to explore their own art making with consideration
skills necessary when working in a creative industry.                 to personal expression and audience while forming a greater
                                                                      understanding and appreciation of art and culture.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL
IMAGING (ADVANCED)                                                    TECHNOLOGIES
Students will be exposed to more complex photographic
skills and techniques to enable them to express their                 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
creativity through the form of photographic images. It
                                                                      Designed to introduce a wide array of technologies to our
will be expected that students develop skills to critically
                                                                      Computer Science students. The course will explore various
analyse photographic images and design components
                                                                      forms of computer programming including Arduino (C),
within the print media. Students will study how professional
                                                                      Python, and SQL. Students will be exposed to a number
photographers compose and design images as well as how
                                                                      of different programming languages and techniques, and
graphic designers apply typography, colour and graphics to
                                                                      then will compete in a number of national programming
print media designs. A major focus of this unit is on students
                                                                      competitions. We will explore Blender and Unity with a focus
developing advanced skills to fully manipulate digital SLR
                                                                      on C# in order to teach the basics of game development.
camera controls to enhance their image designs. Equipment,
                                                                      Students also learn the fundamentals of how computers
including tripods, external light meters and studio flashes,
                                                                      work. With a focus on practical, hands-on activities, students
the Product Studio, will all be used by the students to
                                                                      will develop a preference for one computer tool over
enable them to produce industry standard photographs and
                                                                      another.
graphic designs.
                                                                      DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES: MULTIMEDIA
                                                                      Using computers, programs, software and hardware to
                                                                      present text, graphics, video, animation and sound in an
                                                                      integrated way. The aim of this course is to understand and
                                                                      develop ICT skills, as well as to appreciate the importance of
                                                                      design principles in the creation of a multimedia product.
                                                                      Students learn to use the latest tools of multimedia
                                                                      presentation and will use industry standard programs such
                                                                      as Dreamweaver®, Flash®, Photoshop®, Blender, Adobe®
                                                                      Premier®, Audacity and others. The students will be working
                                                                      on the design, creation and testing of interactive and
                                                                      multimedia projects including 3D Design, animation, digital
                                                                      installations and other forms of multimedia presentations.

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     ELECTRONICS                                                        MATERIALS DESIGN: WOOD
     Exploring how human beings interact with electrical                Can be studied for one semester or as a yearlong course.
     products through sound, light and movement. Using                  Woodwork in Year 9 will encourage students to develop
     product design processes, digital manufacturing techniques         solutions to practical problems through the use of wood
     and electrical circuit design, students will learn how the         and acrylics. By developing their application of hand and
     human needs and technological processes influence                  power tools, students can analyse and appreciate the
     design decisions. Students will use Fusion 360 3D Modelling        process required to create their projects. This course will
     software, the laser cutter and 3D printers to design and           give students the opportunity to develop their skills and
     make components to house the electrical circuitry for a            knowledge in the workshop. Throughout the semester, a
     portable speaker and a robotics platform project. They will        variety of tools will be used, from high‑end power tools to
     also learn how to design and produce electrical circuitry          the basic hand tools. Students will be provided with the
     using microcontrollers and soldering techniques to                 opportunity to learn their skills in a safe and encouraging
     control lighting circuits and mechanisms that respond to a         environment. They will create projects that will not only look
     student‑selected scenario.                                         good, but also last as a sturdy household creation. Through
                                                                        providing designs, students can research and manipulate
     INTRODUCTION TO FOOD SCIENCE
                                                                        their project ideas to create their own modified designs that
     Why do egg whites increase in volume? What influences our          will be as unique as the students themselves.
     perception of taste? These are just some of the questions we
     investigate in this unit. With a nutrition focus, this unit will   PRACTICAL ENGINEERING
     introduce students to a range of cooking and processing            Can be studied for one semester or as a yearlong course.
     techniques using specialised equipment and new
                                                                        Practical Engineering will be developing students’ practical
     technologies that can be used in the preparation of food.
                                                                        skills of metal manipulation. This course throughout the
     Students will have the opportunity to use creativity and
                                                                        semester will focus on the creation of multiple metalwork
     innovation to broaden their skills through hands-on practical
                                                                        projects that will allow students to use a variety of machinery,
     lessons that will expand their understanding and ability to
                                                                        from power tools to hand tools. Students will also be learning
     use different foods and equipment whilst increasing their
                                                                        how to use 3D modelling software for prototyping which
     confidence and independence collaborating with others.
                                                                        will be taken with them throughout their high school years.
     FOOD WITH AN INTERNATIONAL FLAIR                                   Students will be manipulating multiple metal types while using
                                                                        a variety of metal joining processes, from different welding
     How do cooking methods change around the world?
                                                                        methods to basic folding techniques. The purpose-built
     Where does that food come from? Has it spent many hours
                                                                        metalwork rooms will be able to provide plenty of opportunity
     flying around the world or has it come from your own
                                                                        for students to develop their skills and build creations that will
     garden? In this course, students look at a wide variety of
                                                                        only be limited by the students’ imaginations.
     foods and trace their origins. They will also consider what
     Australian cuisine is, where it has come from, how our diets
                                                                        STEAM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY,
     have developed and what has influenced this. They will
                                                                        ENGINEERING, ARTS, MATHEMATICS)
     investigate and practise traditional food preparation skills
                                                                        Students will undertake a project based on collaborative
     from native Australian to around the globe cuisines. There
                                                                        research into a selected scenario. This will result in students
     is a focus on working with others in teams, following safety
                                                                        creating and communicating a unique response to the
     guidelines, hygienic food-handling skills and developing
                                                                        information they have gathered. In this subject, students
     presentation and evaluation methods.
                                                                        will learn how to manage and assess their own learning
                                                                        throughout the project with guidance from the teacher
                                                                        and selected experts from within the school community.
                                                                        In the production of their project students will have the
                                                                        opportunities to explore and use a variety of: 2D and 3D
                                                                        physical and virtual representations; digital fabrication
                                                                        using the LASER cutter CNC router, and the 3D printers; and
                                                                        Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies.

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     English Learning Area

     Year 7                                                            Year 8
     ENGLISH                                                           ENGLISH
     Focuses on fostering a love of learning, developing creative      Students will engage in critical literacies through a variety of
     and critical thinkers, and encouraging students to engage         different modes. In addition, students will study imaginative
     imaginatively and critically with literature. Students will       journeys through the use of allegory, symbolism and
     journey through four units that help them explore not only        metaphor in poetry, picture books, novels and film. To
     literature, but also themselves and their relationship with the   conclude the term, students will participate in the Make Your
     world around them. Four units studied address the Personal        Own Storybook competition.
     and Social Capability from the Australian Curriculum.             Term 2 focuses on the stories of others. Students will
     Students will work in close reading circles, focussing on         conduct inquiry-based research into a particular culture in
     understanding genre, writing of analytical responses, and         order to generate theses about a litany of different cultures.
     creating their own written and visual texts. Students will        Students will form new classes for Term 3, choosing a
     study the modules Fantasy in Drama and Poetry, Historical         learning context that interests them, e.g. Walk a Mile in My
     Fiction, Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction, and             Shoes, or Create a Planet, culminating in individually driven
     Documentary Film.                                                 presentations that synthesise and represent ideas within an
                                                                       authentic context.
                                                                       In Term 4, students will engage with non-fiction writing and
                                                                       texts, culminating in the production of a class magazine
                                                                       exploring a diversity of real-life issues.

                                                                       Year 9
                                                                       ENGLISH
                                                                       Three to four units work to further students’ knowledge,
                                                                       understandings and skills in both critical and cultural literacy.
                                                                       Two compulsory units—Literature of the Ancients, and
                                                                       The Language of Shakespeare—focus on developing a
                                                                       foundational understanding and appreciation of ancient
                                                                       texts and Shakespearean plays, and how those texts
                                                                       influence other texts. Other units that may be explored
                                                                       include Language and Technology, and The Power of
                                                                       Graphic Novels.

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     Year 7                                                             Year 8
     In Health and Physical Education students develop knowledge,       In Health and Physical Education students develop knowledge,
     understandings and skills for creating and maintaining a           understandings and skills for creating and maintaining a
     healthy lifestyle, developing respectful relationships and using   healthy, active lifestyle, developing respectful relationships and
     effective communication.                                           using effective communication.
     Students are provided with a variety of contexts to apply          The curriculum provides opportunities for students to
     knowledge and practise skills in order to build their              build resilience, make informed decisions and take personal
     proficiency through the years of schooling.                        responsibility for their own health, physical activity levels,
     The Physical Education contexts include: Netball,                  safety and wellbeing.
     Gymnastics, Athletics, Badminton, Tee-ball and Soccer.             The Physical Education contexts include: AFL football, Floor-
     The Health Education Contexts include: Resilience,                 ball, Athletics, Basketball, Fundamental Movement Skills and
     Relationships, Healthy Choices, Preventative Health and            Folk Dance.
     Online Safety.                                                     The Health Education Contexts include: Relationships,
     Some of the extra-curricular events held by the Health and         Identity, Diversity, Drug Education, Health Promotion and
     Physical Education Department are:                                 Healthy Strategies.
     •   Year 7 winter sports carnival                                  Some of the extra-curricular events held by the Health and
     •   Whole school swimming and athletics carnivals                  Physical Education Department are:
     •   Interschool swimming and athletics carnivals                   •   Year 8 winter sports carnival and beach carnival
     •   After School Interschool Sports teams through School           •   Whole school swimming and athletics carnivals
         Sport WA.                                                      •   Interschool swimming and athletics carnivals.

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HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                        AQUATIC RECREATION
In Health and Physical Education students develop                    This elective is designed for students who want to
knowledge, understandings and skills for creating and                experience and develop skills in activities that are water
maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle, developing respectful       based and easy to access in Perth. Some examples of
relationships and using effective communication.                     activities offered are kayaking, surfing, water polo and
The Physical Education contexts include: fitness,                    supping.
cheerleading, touch rugby, Mod crosse, European handball             Prerequisites: Ability to complete a swim test of 100 m.
and softball.
                                                                     OUTDOOR EDUCATION
The Health Education Contexts include: relationships,
sexuality, drug education and diversity.                             Students will learn about the principles of ‘Leave No Trace’
                                                                     while undertaking practical activities that may include
Some of the extra-curricular events held by the Health and
                                                                     snorkelling, fishing, rock climbing, orienteering, group skills,
Physical Education department are:
                                                                     camp cooking and leadership skills.
•   Year 9 winter sports carnival
                                                                     Prerequisites: Ability to complete a swim test of 100 m.
•   Whole school swimming and athletics carnivals
•   Interschool swimming and athletics carnivals
•   After School Interschool Sports teams through School
    Sport WA.

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     SPECIALISED PHYSICAL EDUCATION
     HIGH PERFORMANCE
     Can be studied for one semester or as a yearlong course.
     Designed to provide Year 9 students with essential sport
     science knowledge and improving their practical skills in
     preparation for the WACE exams. Students will have the
     opportunity to work in a range of sporting contexts while in
     the program to develop their physical literacy. Specifically,
     this includes the development of the following aspects
     of performance: Cardio-respiratory endurance, speed
     (including skill and power aspects), power, strength, agility,
     flexibility and core stability across several sporting contexts.
     The opportunity to gain an Australian Sports Commission
     Coaching accreditation will also be provided.

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     Year 7
     Economics—students explore economic theory, concepts               History—students investigate the way of life in Medieval
     and ideas through a variety of class-based learning activities     Europe as well as key events during the time period.
     including a simulation. The simulation based loosely on the        Significant developments such as the changing relations
     ‘Game of Life’ requires students to respond to a variety of life   between Islam and the West (the Crusades) and the impact
     and career scenarios as they travel down the road of ‘life’. It    of the Black Death will be explored. An examination of the
     is envisaged that along the way, students will draw on their       political and legal system such as the divine right of kings,
     studies to help guide and explain their decision-making.           trial by battle and trial by ordeal enables students to explore
     Geography—students learn to investigate, understand and            pre-democratic government and the rule of law as well as
     communicate how individuals and groups live together and           changing values to crime, punishment and the concept of
     interact with their environment. The unit focuses on Place         natural law.
     and Liveability. Students investigate their local area and         Civics and Citizenship—students build on their
     share their findings to build an understanding of the factors      understanding of early law systems to gain an
     that influence decisions people make about where they live.        understanding of the concepts of democracy, justice, rights
                                                                        and responsibilities. They examine how the Australian legal
                                                                        system works to support a democratic and just society.

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History—students examine the key developments during the              Economics and Business—students examine how
Industrial Revolution. Students investigate the impact these          business attempts to solve the Basic Economic Problem to
had socially, economically, politically and consider the extent       maximise profits. Students will investigate types of firms and
to which these contributed to making a better world. Students         how they make decisions about what product or services
will consider the causes of World War I, its impact on and            they produce, how it will be produced and how to make
significance for Australia.                                           their product more unique. The relationship between the
Civics and Citizenship—students build upon their                      consumers and producers will also be examined.
understanding of civics to investigate the types of law in            Geography—students will investigate the geographical
Australia and how they are made in Australia through the              process involved in the creation of landforms and
parliament. They consider the responsibilities and freedoms           landscapes. The values and attitudes that people ascribe
of citizens and how Australians can actively participate              to landforms and landscapes including indigenous
in their democracy. The students study the role of key                perspectives will also be explored.
players in the political system, the ways citizens’ decisions
are shaped during an election and how a government is
formed.

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Western Austr alia’s only selective academic school

     Humanities And Social Sciences Learning Area

     Year 9
     Students study concepts from the four HASS disciplines and      Civics and Citizenship—students examine the key features
     make connections, were applicable between the disciplines.      of Australia’s democracy and how it is shaped through
     The focus of Year 9 is Australia’s place in the contemporary    the Australian Constitution and constitutional change. In
     global community.                                               addition to this, students explore Australia’s responsibility at
     Economics and Business—students will examine the                the global level and its international obligation. As part of
     interdependence of Australia and other economies by             their studies they inquire into the values and practices that
     identifying Australia’s trading partners and the role of the    enable a resilient democracy to be sustained.
     government. An investigation of the Global Supply Chain         History—students study Australia since 1945, examining
     will enable students to investigate global interconnectivity    the impact of events such as the Holocaust and post-war
     and interdependence of participants.                            refugee resettlement. How Australia dealt with issues arising
     Geography—the concept of interconnection is developed           from mass migration and the development of human rights
     further through examining the ways places and people are        will be explored from a historical perspective. Students will
     connected with other places through a range of factors          explore the Civil Rights Movements in Australia and the
     including global trade, information technology and tourism.     legacy of the Stolen Generation as well as the development
     Students will apply and utilise their understanding gained      of multiculturalism.
     through the study of geography to explore the cultural,         This course culminates with a program that requires
     spiritual, economic, historical connections people have with    students to utilise the skills and knowledge across the
     places.                                                         various disciplines within Humanities and Social Sciences
                                                                     acquired in the middle years. Students will practise
                                                                     decision‑making through scenarios using real issues facing
                                                                     Australia and Australians in the 21st Century.

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Languages
Learning Area
Western Austr alia’s only selective academic school

     Languages Learning Area

     Year 7                                                            Year 8
     All students are actively encouraged to study a language to       Please note that all language courses are designed for
     Year 12 and beyond. We offer 4 languages:                         students who do not have a background in the language—
     •   Chinese (Mandarin) as a Second Language,                      that is, students who have learnt the majority of their language
     •   Chinese (Mandarin) as a Background Language (from             they know in an Australian school or similar environment.
         Year 8),                                                      We currently do not offer Languages courses for background
                                                                       speakers in French, Italian or Japanese.
     •   French,
     •   Italian,                                                      The exception is Chinese as a Background Language Course
                                                                       (in line with the Australian Curriculum). This course will be
     •   Japanese.
                                                                       offered for those students who already have a background
     Each language currently offers enrichment and extension           in Chinese. Students can study two languages if their
     through a biennial trip to the country and the opportunity        timetable permits this.
     of an exchange program to one of the countries.
     We offer a variety of competitions and excursions. Students
     follow these courses from Year 8. Students have the
     opportunity to try each of our four languages offered at
                                                                       Year 9
     Perth Modern School by experiencing a different language
     each term. During this time, students cover some basic            Students will continue with the language they studied in Year
     language and cultural aspects of each country, allowing           8. They may not change languages at this stage. This year,
     them to make more informed decisions about their                  the emphasis is on more complex communication through
     language choice for Year 8 and beyond.                            reading, listening, speaking and writing activities. Students
                                                                       studying a language may have access to overseas tours
                                                                       and exchange opportunities. During Year 9, students make
                                                                       decisions about continuing a language in Year 10.
                                                                       The Languages Learning Area advises all students to
                                                                       continue with their language until the end of Year 10 at least,
                                                                       as the knowledge and skills gained will ensure students can
                                                                       communicate effectively in their chosen language. Also, it is
                                                                       important to note that students will not be able to pick up
                                                                       their language again in Year 11, so students must carefully
                                                                       consider the long-term benefits of having skills in another
                                                                       language in our global community.
                                                                       Many Australian universities offer ATAR bonus points (up
                                                                       to 10 per cent of the scaled score) to students who study
                                                                       a language through to Year 12. This can be of real benefit
                                                                       to students seeking entrance to a particular course. Please
                                                                       contact the Languages office for more information.

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Mathematics
Learning Area
Western Austr alia’s only selective academic school

     Mathematics Learning Area

     Year 7
     We introduce the students to a number of mathematical             •   Problem-solving: formulating and solving authentic
     concepts as well as helping to develop their thinking and             problems using numbers and measurements, working
     problem‑solving skills:                                               with transformations and identifying symmetry,
     •   Understanding: describing patterns in uses of indices             calculating angles and interpreting sets of data collected
         with whole numbers, recognising equivalences between              through chance experiments.
         fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios, plotting         •   Reasoning: applying the number laws to calculations,
         points on the Cartesian plane, identifying angles formed          applying known geometric facts to draw conclusions
         by a transversal crossing a pair of lines, and connecting         about shapes, applying an understanding of ratio and
         the laws and properties of numbers to algebraic terms             interpreting data displays as well as justifying the result
         and expressions.                                                  of a calculation or estimation as reasonable, deriving
     •   Fluency: calculating accurately with integers,                    probability from its complement, using congruence to
         representing fractions and decimals in various ways,              deduce properties of triangles and finding estimates of
         investigating best buys, finding measures of central              means and proportions of populations.
         tendency and calculating areas of shapes and volumes of       •   Coding: Approximately one hour per week will be
         prisms. It also involves calculating accurately with simple       dedicated to the basics of coding through the online
         decimals, indices and integers, recognising equivalence           platform Grok Learning. Grok courses and competitions
         of common decimals and fractions including recurring              will improve the student’s problem‑solving as well as
         decimals, factorising and simplifying basic algebraic             their computational and critical thinking ability. The
         expressions.                                                      programming will be self-paced, and their ability will be
                                                                           assessed in the form of mathematical and cross-curricular
                                                                           investigations.

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