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Victorian Curriculum – Year 7 to Year 10
In 2021, our Curriculum will be drawn from the Victorian Curriculum Foundation to Level 10 (F – 10 levels). The Victorian Curriculum sets out what every student should learn during his or her first eleven years of schooling. The Curriculum has been developed as the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and informed citizenship at this time in our society.
The Victorian Curriculum Foundation to Level 10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards. Victorian Government and Catholic Schools are required to use the Victorian Curriculum Foundation to 10 Levels.
At the College, we will continue to develop and enhance curriculum structures and programs to provide our students with every opportunity to achieve high levels of attainment. This includes gifted and talented students who are able to work well above the nominally age expected level of achievement.
The Curriculum is structured as a range of levels of learning and achievement. Starting in Primary School at Foundation Level, the teaching and learning programs develop the students’ learning abilities to progress through the levels of attainment into Year 10 at Secondary School. This enables the development of targeted learning programs for all students, where the curriculum is used to plan for the actual learning level of each student rather than their assumed level of learning based on age. It includes both knowledge and skills. Learning Areas and Capabilities define these as set out in the table below. All Learning Areas provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in the Capabilities.
There is more information available at: http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/
Year 7 Course Information
The College Timetable
The timetable will consist of 5 lessons per day in a 10 day cycle.
Each lesson will be either 55 or 60 minutes.
Year 7 Curriculum Structure Table
The Table shows the allocation of the 50 lessons available per cycle for Year 7s.
Year 7 Studies
Marist-Sion College is inspired by the traditions of the Marist Brothers and the Sisters of Sion in its commitment to providing an education which integrates faith, learning and life in a welcoming community. The College affirms and promotes a Christian philosophy which values a faith-centred approach to life and upholds the uniqueness, integrity and dignity of all those involved in its community life. The Religious Education program is the formal and most obvious means by which this philosophy is passed on to our students and is an integral part of the College curriculum. Our students are invited to put faith into action, value learning for life and flourish as people. Religious Education at Year 7 level is studied in accordance with the Curriculum of the Diocese of Sale, by focusing on four content strands: Triune God, Life and Mission of Jesus, A Sacramental Church, and Christian Life and Catholic Social Teaching. Alongside the academic content, students are also given opportunities to broaden their own faith experience, and to experience prayer, liturgy and reflective activities.
(Prescribed studies in English, Humanities – Geography and History, and Information Literacy)
The study of English, Humanities and Information Literacy is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. At Year 7, students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, read, view, interpret, evaluate and perform a range of spoken, written and multimodal texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade. These include various types of media texts including newspapers, magazines and digital texts, early adolescent novels, non-fiction and short stories. Students develop their understanding of how texts, including media texts, are influenced by context, purpose and audience. Students create a range of imaginative and persuasive types of texts and are beginning to create literary analyses. The study of Humanities - Geography and History - provides a framework for students to examine the complex processes that have shaped the modern world and to investigate responses to different challenges including people’s interconnections with the environment.
Health and Physical Education
(Prescribed studies in Health and Physical Education and Sport)
Health and Physical Education Studies
The Year Health and Physical Education program aims to develop students' knowledge, understanding and skills in order to strengthen their sense of self and to build and manage satisfying relationships. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to explore current challenges facing youth, resiliency, diversity, safety and physical activity participation. Students will also learn to use resources for the benefit of themselves and for the communities in which they identify and belong.
The Year 7 Sport program at Marist-Sion provides an opportunity for students to develop their physical, social and emotional health, through participating in various individual and group sports and recreational activities. The program aims to provide students with the tools and strategies to improve their own health and fitness, whilst empowering them to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and performance; now and into the future.
(Prescribed studies in Japanese)
The Year 7 Japanese curriculum is designed to introduce the Japanese language and culture to students, encouraging them to speak, listen to, read and write Japanese in a range of interactions with the teacher and one another on various topics. Students will explore Japanese traditional and contemporary culture, and make connections and comparisons between the Japanese culture and that of their own. They will learn the Japanese basic script, hiragana, practise introducing themselves and their family as well as language structures to interact in the classroom. There is the opportunity to host students from Japan through the exchange with our sister school, Aoki Junior High School located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan.
(Prescribed studies in Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies)
The students in Year 7 work on mathematics, science and digital technology concurrently.
In mathematics, the students work with algebra, fractions, percentages, decimals, measurement, geometry, equations, polygons, solids and transformations, and statistics and probability. Through the use of an explicit teaching and differential model, the students work through problems based on the topic areas to develop the mathematical proficiencies of understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning. All students will develop their independent learning skills and habits including metacognition and knowing how to request assistance.
The science curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important scientific concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, the contribution of science to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills through their studies of: Biology (classification of living things and an understanding of their interactions within ecosystems); Chemistry (separation of mixtures and experimental design); Earth and Space Science (the historical and modern models of our solar system); Environmental Science (Earth’s renewable and non-renewable resources) and Physics (forces and machines).
The Digital Technologies curriculum enables students in Years 7 and 8 to gain understanding of digital solutions. It provides practical opportunities for students to explore ‘block based coding’ using visual computer programming techniques to systematically and innovatively transform data into digital solutions.
(Prescribed studies in Music and the Visual Arts)
This study develops intellectual, aesthetic and cultural understanding of the value and importance of music. In Year 7, Music has a focus on performance by learning various instruments. In Term 1 a choice of either flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone is offered and in Terms 2 to 4 emphasis is placed on xylophone, guitar, ukulele and singing. Students use a range of contemporary and traditional media, materials, equipment and technologies to explore and expand their understanding of music (Sony Acid Music Studio). Students use processes of rehearsal, reflection and evaluation to develop skills in refining and shaping their small group work performances in term 3 and 4 to effectively communicate their intended aims.
With a focus on 2D and 3D artwork, students will use a variety of media, materials and technologies. Students will experiment with imaginative and innovative ways of using contemporary and traditional skill, techniques and processes. Students will cover the dimensions of creating and making and exploring and responding. Students will learn and explore a range of art forms. Areas studied in this unit: Ceramics, Pixel Art, Mixed Media and Theme Exploration.
Wood, Metals and Plastics
Students create design solutions across a range of technology contexts. Over the course of study in this subject, students will gain experiences and learning in the traditional area of timber and metal technology and also in resistant materials, particularly plastics. Projects will focus heavily on the design solutions students develop and theory will guide them from idea/conceptualisation through to a finished article. In addition to this, design folios will be introduced as well as responsibilities around safe work practices within a technology workshop.