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The core subjects covered in Junior School are

  • English
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • French
  • Italian
  • Mathematics
  • Science
 English

English is a compulsory subject throughout secondary school.

The courses in Years 7 & 8 build on skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and provide students with the competence, experience and work habits necessary to successfully continue studies in this subject through secondary school.

Students complete a variety of writing tasks, and are encouraged to read widely, including one major class text per term.  The set text is usually a novel, but could be a film, poetry or play text. They will also be involved in a range of oral tasks that may include group work, debates and formal speeches.

We read the set text aloud in class.

Reading aloud in class does a number of things:

Helps establish group cohesion and cooperation.

    • Students listen to each other read with respect
    • Students develop a trust that they will not be mocked by peers for  stumbles and hence develop confidence that they will be supported in their reading.
    • Dominators need to sit back as everyone has their turn.

 

  • Allows teachers to respond to immediate points of interest and confusion.
    • Though many students will have already read the text, reading aloud shows that the complexities of language allows different interpretations and these can be picked up through readings.
    • Students are shown that a close study of text though re-reading allows for richer interpretations.

 

  • Allows teachers insight into individual reading needs:
    • Allows teachers to better see gaps in auditory processing
    • Opportunity to work on tone and expression.
    • Alerts teachers to vocabulary that students stumble over.

 

  • Can recognise how language works to develop character and context.
    • Allows for immediate focus on language devices. For example how tone and language changes when a particular character speaks.

 

  • Encourages the development and recognition of oral and aural skills.
    • All students know they will be asked to read aloud. It is important that they know that they will be given the opportunity to practise if they want it and that the teacher will select a part of the text that suits their abilities
 Humanities

In Humanities students study human societies, their history, economies, culture an interaction with the natural environment with a particular emphasis on medieval and ancient societies.  Students explore and appreciate the diversity and achievements of human cultures both past and present.  The junior school courses will both undergo significant modifications during the year to accommodate the introduction of the new National Curriculum.

Sustainability is an important focus of our study of society and the world.

We recognise that students need to develop their own sets of values by which to live, but this faculty, in its course content, aims to promote an appreciation of culture, social and individual diversity and to emphasise the value of cooperation, and confidence in one's own opinion. 

Each topic will involve a series of tasks.  Talks, reading, class discussions and note-taking are regular activities.  Students will also work on their own projects, make models, organise group displays, write and act out plays, watch video documentaries and films and go on excursions.

 Langauges

Students may choose to study either Italian or French.

In Years 7 & 8 Italian or French is studied as a core subject for three periods per week.  In Years 9 & 10 students can study these languages as an elective course for four periods per week for the duration of each year.

By studying Italian or French students will be able to develop an understanding and knowledge of a language other than English.  Through the study of the language they will also gain an insight into Italian or French history, culture and geography.  This may increase opportunities for employment in the tourist, government, commercial and educational fields.  It will offer the opportunity to increase the appreciation of a culture different from ours and will be of significant assistance for overseas travel.

Students are expected to maintain a workbook, complete all units of work and homework by due dates, and a variety of class work activities and language assignments on the history, geography and culture of Italy/ France.  Students are also expected to participate in a poetry competition and the ACER Assessment of Language Competence.

There is a New Caledonia study tour open to students studying French in Years 8-11 and an Italy study tour to students studying Italian in Y9-10 organised every alternate year. There is also a France study tour open to students studying French in Y10-11 organised every alternate year to the New Caledonia tour.

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