Stage 4 (Year 7 & 8) Curriculum

The subjects studied in our first two years are:

English

Literacy assessments at the College will be based on the following categories:

  • Writing: Achievement of criteria that demonstrate the writing skills needed for each student. Our students will complete a writing sample twice a year.
  • Reading: Ability to understand texts and diagrams that are commonly used in each subject. Our students will complete the Neale Analysis that measures reading age and comprehension. We will use several schemes e.g. Fitzroy and Multilit.
  • Language: Knowledge and use of spelling, punctuation and grammar enhanced by a range of teaching strategies on an annual basis.

Mathematics

Numeracy assessments at the College will be based on the following categories:

  • Number – Using numbers and calculations in a variety of situations including money skills. Our students will be assessed yearly on a College-based number test. A pre and post-test will be used to assess students. Our students will also be observed in practical situations to assess generalization of number skills.
  • Measurement – Making and comparing measurements involving length, area, volume, mass, time and temperature. Our students will be assessed yearly on a school based time test. A pre and post-test will be used to assess students. Our students will also be observed in practical situations to assess generalisation of time skills.
  • Space – Drawing shapes, working with patterns, representing 3D space and describing positions. Our students will also be observed in practical situations to assess generalisation of space skills.
  • Data – Identifying, organizing and interpreting data in tables and graphs. Our students will be observed in practical situations to assess generalisation of data skills.

Science

The College will have access to a modern and fully equipped science laboratory. Students will be able to carry out experiments with the same equipment that would be found in mainstream schools; for example, Bunsen burners, beakers and electrical equipment.Students will also have access to digital content from a range of interactive sources such as Science iPads, student computers and interactive whiteboards.The Science program will have a strong literacy component. It will aim to:

  • Involve students in real-life applications of Science relevant to their everyday lives.
  • Develop students’ skills in working scientifically.
  • Develop students’ social skills through group investigations.
  • Develop science literacy to enable students to interpret their observations and use their reasoning skills.
  • Develop a language framework of scientific vocabulary.

The Science program will also aim to support students with specific literacy needs and improve their ability to access information using technology.

Music

The College will offer only a Life Skills program of study for Stage 4 with two music lessons a week. The lessons are very practical and group oriented. We will aim to conduct rhythm activities using a range of instruments in addition to singing activities and an exposure to a diversity of sound and experiences of different music genres.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts is a mandatory Life Skills course for Stage 4 and the College will offer it in the same manner as other secondary colleges. Our students will gain experience by studying past and present artists to encourage and inspire their artwork, as well as participating in excursions to galleries. We will endeavour to offer a broad choice of experiences over the two years so our students can succeed in some of the areas of the syllabus.

Food Technology

The College will offer an engaging study program from Stage 4 Life Skills outcomes. Throughout the year students will explore topics such as: hygiene and safe practices in the kitchen, nutritional value of food items, food cultural influences, catering and servicing within the industry.