In line with the Australian Curriculum, we believe students should be 'confident communicators' and 'imaginative thinkers'. Our curriculum is built around the Australian Curriculum's three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. From this foundation, students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.
Years 7 and 8
In Year 7 and Year 8 students are grouped in mixed ability classes and individual student needs are further catered for by placement in streamed language skills groups.
Years 7 and 8 students develop their skills in:
- Written Language - by learning to write in various text types, namely information, persuasive and narrative.
- Language - by building on grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary extension, sentence structure and paragraph writing skills.
- Reading and learning about the features of novels and short stories.
- Poetry - learning about poetic language such as similes and metaphors.
- Film as Text
- Oral Presentations - learning to speak with confidence in a formal situation and develop a sense of audience.
- ICT - using ICT to enhance written responses and PowerPoint presentations.
Years 9 and 10
In Years 9 and 10 students are streamed into two levels, Advanced and Core, based on their academic achievement in Years 7 and 8 and on recommendation from teachers. It is possible for students to move between these streams where appropriate over the course of the two years.
Years 9 and 10 students further develop and consolidate their skills in:
- Reading and analysing novels and short stories- students will increase their understanding and appreciation of the structures and features of these literary forms and will learn to respond creatively to these texts.
- Poetry - understanding figurative language and poetic devices, responding critically and creatively to the poetry studied.
- Film as Text - studying different genres and film versions of set texts.
- Essay Writing - building structured, coherent discussion.
- Written Language - improving control of writing by building skills in punctuation, correct tense, sentence structure, paragraphing, grammar, vocabulary extension.
- Text Types - writing in information, persuasive, argumentative, narrative and imaginative styles.
- Oral Presentation - preparing and delivering formal and informal presentations which engage audiences and consider audience and purpose.
- ICT - editing, refining and enhancing written and oral responses by using ICT.