Secondary Curriculum


Core English

 

In English students will study texts and write creatively and analytically in response. They will also compare the issues and themes in a film and literary text. Finally, they will study issues in the media, analyse the use of argument and language and construct their own point of view.


In semester one students will study how authors build the world of texts. They study the themes, ideas and how the author uses language. They will then write in response both analytically and creatively. They also study an issue, exploring and analysing the way language is used in a range of media texts to persuade an audience to agree with an argument. Furthermore, they use this knowledge to construct their own point of view.


In semester two students compare two texts presentation of ideas, issues and themes. They also compare how structures and features of the text are used to construct these ideas, writing comparative essays in response. Lastly, students will explore another issue in the media, reading and viewing a range of texts, analysing them and creating a point of view.


Core EAL

 

Support for students looking to take EAL English at VCE.


Students with 5 or fewer years of instruction in English at Year 10 can undertake a specialised EAL (English as an Additional Language) class to support them in developing their English language skills and to prepare them for EAL at VCE level. The course will focus on developing students’ listening and speaking skills, laying the foundations for clear and effective communication in academic English. Students will prepare for VCE EAL by engaging in an in-depth study of a text, analysing characterisation and themes. They develop their essay writing skills, producing a formal text response essay. Students will also look at persuasive language is examined, and students analyse the use of argument in written persuasive texts. 

 


Literature

 

Students will be able to develop their ability to appreciate the aesthetic and intellectual value of literary texts. They will also hone their ability to respond to and create their own texts.

 

Literature provides opportunities for students to develop their awareness of other people, places and cultures and explore the way texts represent the complexity of human experience. They will examine the changing contexts in which they were produced and notions of value. Furthermore, they will develop an understanding and appreciation of literature, and an ability to reflect critically on the aesthetic and intellectual aspects of texts. Students will consider the power of language and reflect on their own and others' experiences. They will understand there are multiple possible interpretations and that the nature of language and texts is dynamic.

 


VCE      

 

In order to successfully obtain their VCE, students must satisfactorily complete three units of study from the English group, including a Unit 3–4 sequence.

 

At Laverton P-12 College, students have the option to choose between English/English as an Additional Language and Literature.  Those students who wish to study more than one of the English group are able to complete this subject as a part of their VCE requirements.

 

Unit 1-4 English/EAL

VCE English focuses on how the English language is used to create meaning in written, spoken and multimodal texts. Students study literary texts drawn from the past and present, from Australia and from other cultures. Other texts are selected for analysis and presentation of argument. The study is intended to meet the needs of students with a wide range of expectations and aspirations, including those for whom English is an additional language.

 

Year 11

Unit 1

In this unit, students read and respond to texts analytically and creatively. They analyse arguments and the use of persuasive language in texts and create their own texts intended to position audiences. Furthermore, students develop their skills in creating written, spoken and multimodal texts.

 

Unit 2

In this unit students compare the presentation of ideas, issues and themes in texts. They also analyse arguments presented and the use of persuasive language in texts and create their own texts intended to position audiences. Furthermore, students develop their skills in creating written, spoken and multimodal texts.

 

Year 12

Unit 3

In this unit students read and respond to texts analytically and creatively. They also analyse arguments and the use of persuasive language in texts.

 

Unit 4

In this unit students compare the presentation of ideas, issues and themes in texts. They also create an oral presentation intended to position audiences about an issue currently debated in the media.

 

Unit 1-4 Literature

VCE Literature focuses on the meaning derived from texts, the relationship between texts, the contexts in which texts are produced and read, and the experiences the reader brings to the texts.  In VCE Literature students undertake close reading of texts and analyse how language and literary elements and techniques function within a text.  Emphasis is placed on recognition of a text’s complexity and meaning, and on consideration of how that meaning is embodied in its literary form.  The study provides opportunities for reading deeply, widely and critically, responding analytically and creatively, and appreciating the aesthetic merit of texts.

 

Year 11

Unit 1

In this unit students focus on the ways in which the interaction between text and reader creates meaning. Students’ analyses of the features and conventions of texts help them develop increasingly discriminating responses to a range of literary forms and styles. Students respond critically, creatively and reflectively to the ideas and concerns of texts and gain insights into how texts function as representations of human experience. They develop familiarity with key terms, concepts and practices that equip them for further studies in literature. They develop an awareness of how the views and values that readers hold may influence the reading of a text. 

 

Unit 2

In this unit students explore the ways literary texts connect with each other and with the world. They deepen their examination of the ways their own culture and the cultures represented in texts can influence their interpretations and shape different meanings. Drawing on a range of literary texts, students consider the relationships between authors, audiences and contexts. Ideas, language and structures of different texts from past and present eras and/or cultures are compared and contrasted. Students analyse the similarities and differences across texts and establish connections between them. They engage in close reading of texts and create analytical responses that are evidence-based. By experimenting with textual structures and language features, students understand how imaginative texts are informed by close analysis.

 

Year 12

Unit 3

In this unit students consider how the form of a text affects meaning, and how writers construct their texts. They investigate ways writers adapt and transform texts and how meaning is affected as texts are adapted and transformed. They consider how the perspectives of those adapting texts may inform or influence the adaptations. Students draw on their study of adaptations and transformations to develop creative responses to texts. Students develop their skills in communicating ideas in both written and oral forms.


Unit 4

In this unit students develop critical and analytic responses to texts. They consider the context of their responses to texts as well as the ideas explored in the texts, the style of the language and points of view. They investigate literary criticism informing both the reading and writing of texts. Students develop an informed and sustained interpretation supported by close textual analysis. For the purposes of this unit, literary criticism is characterised by extended, informed and substantiated views on texts and may include reviews, peer-reviewed articles and transcripts of speeches. Specifically, for Unit 4 Outcome 1, the literary criticism selected must reflect different perspectives, assumptions and ideas about the views and values of the text/s studied.

 

 

MATHS


Year 7-10

Students participate in:

  • 5 hours of Maths each week
  • Lessons that follow our school instructional model (IMPACT)
  • Applied and investigative tasks that develop problem-solving and critical mathematical thinking
  • (Year 10 only) Option to complete an Advanced Mathematics course to prepare students for Methods and Specialist in VCE

Year 11

Courses available include:

  • General Mathematics 1&2 (4 periods per week)
  • Mathematical Methods 1&2 (4 periods per week)
  • Specialist Mathematics 1&2 (4 periods per week)

Year 12:

Courses available include:

  • Further Mathematics 3&4 (4 periods per week)
  • Mathematical Methods 3&4 (4 periods per week)
  • Specialist Mathematics 3&4 (4 periods per week)


Calculators

Students in Year 11 and 12 are expected to use the TI-Nspire CXII CAS calculator. All CATs, SACs and VCAA examinations require students to demonstrate their competence in using this calculator.

Students in Year 7-10 are encouraged to use scientific calculators (any brand), and students in Advanced Mathematics in Year 10 are encouraged to use the TI-Nspire CXII CAS calculator, to prepare themselves for VCE requirements.

 

Examinations or Assessments

Students will participate in a range of assessments throughout the year to assess their mathematical thinking and skill developments. This helps teachers to build a clearer picture of the learner. These assessments in may include:

  • pre and post testing to gather data on what students know and still need to learn
  • end of unit Common Assessment Tasks 
  • feedback and reflection
  • student self-assessments

All students from Year 7 to Year 12 sit End of Semester and End of Year Examinations. VCE students are allowed the use of one bound reference (according to VCAA specifications) for assistance during these examinations.

 

Guidelines for ‘Use of Bound References’


Supporting Numeracy at home

There are many ways you can help your child to learn mathematics and numeracy at home. This can be as simple as:

asking your child ‘what did you learn today?’

  • have a conversation about what your child enjoys about numeracy and what they are challenged by
  • encourage your child to draw, create and describe their own patterns. Include them for creating borders on greeting cards
  • incorporate counting into everyday activities such as cutting fruit into six pieces and ask your child to count the pieces
  • encourage your child to practise simple skills such as multiplication facts
  • bring math skills such as estimating and measuring into everyday activities e.g. cooking.

Support learning mathematics at home

 


HUMANITIES


Year 7

History

In Year 7 students will be introduced to the world of History.  They will come to understand how past events have shaped the world we know today.  Students will look at evidence from that era to come to an understanding of what life was like in these times. Students will compare Ancient Societies’ daily life, social features and government with people in the modern world.

 

Geography

Year 7 students will look at physical processes, human interaction and management of water and oil as resources. Students will investigate the interaction of human activities with the resources ensuring the sustainability of resources. Students will also be studying population’s movements. This unit will also focus on the development of geographic skills and techniques in order to apply geographical knowledge to the sustainable use of resources. They will also understand the concepts of mapping.

 

Year 8 

Geography

Students undertake the study of mountain landscapes and the effects of culture and society on Australia. This unit will also focus on the development of geographic skills and techniques in order to apply geographical knowledge to the understanding of human and natural geography.

 

History

Students study Medieval Europe, Medieval Japan and the Black Death.  As well as studying how people lived in these times, students come to see the reasons why certain events in world history occurred and how they helped shape the world we know today.  Students compare two Medieval Societies (daily life, social features and government).

 

Year 9

History

Students undertake the study of Australian history.  They learn about how Australia developed in terms of social, political and cultural structures and traditions.  Students examine the impact of European colonisation of Australia. They will also be investigating World War 1.

 

Geography

Geography students study the physical and human environments from a spatial perspective.  Students will study a major natural system that is part of the biosphere or atmosphere such as weather, the hydrological cycle and plate tectonics.

 

Economics

The discipline of Economics will enable students to understand how wealth is generated and distributed.  Students understand how businesses and markets operate and how the nation’s work economy operates.

 


SCIENCE


Year 7 students undertake 4 units per year (1 per term)

  • Term 1 – Lab safety and the scientific method
  • Term 2 – States of matter, the particle model and mixtures
  • Term 3 – Forces
  • Term 4 – Weather, the Earth’s resources, classification and an independent project

Year 8 students undertake 4 units per year (1 per term)

  • Term 1 – Energy
  • Term 2 – Steam solutions (geology and robotics)
  • Term 3 – Cells and body systems
  • Term 4 – Chemical observations

Year 9 & 10

Year 9 students undertake 4 units per year (1 per term)

  • Term 1 – Immune system, nervous system and the endocrine system
  • Term 2 – Atoms, bonding, acids and bases
  • Term 3 – Heat and electronics
  • Term 4 – Ecosystems and an independent project

Year 10 students must choose at least one Science elective. These are semester based electives.

  • Chemical biology
  • State of mind (Psychology)
  • Physics

Year 10 students are able to request to study VCE Biology Unit 1 & 2 or VCE Psychology Unit 1 and 2. Year 10 SEALP students are welcome to apply for any of the Unit 1 & 2 Science subjects that are offered.

 

Common Assessment Tasks (CATS) – every student will complete one CAT per term using the vast array of laboratory,  iPad and computer technology available.

 

The table below depicts the amount of periods, that each year level will study Science at Laverton College:

 

Year Level Number of periods per week
7 & 8 4
9 CORE 4
10 & VCE 4


VCE

There are 5 subjects on offer for students entering Year 11 & Year 12;

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Psychology
  • Physics

Students will be assessed by the completion of many pieces of School Assessed Coursework (SAC) and a final exam.

It is always beneficial to do the prerequisite Units at 1 & 2 before undertaking Units 3 & 4.  Senior students are expected to monitor their own study habits to make sure that they are up to date with work. They must undertake at least 2 hours of reading and studying concepts each week.  Students are asked to make study notes in a scrapbook on a weekly basis and refer to them throughout the year and before the end of year exam.

 

Victorian Curriculum

VCAA

 


TECHNOLOGY


Year 7 and 8

Students are introduced to four Technology subjects during their first two years at Laverton P-12 College, each with a strong emphasis on safety;

  • Food Studies (this elective can only be chosen from Year 8 onwards)
  • Wood Technology
  • Materials & Design
  • Systems Engineering

Each subject occupies two sessions per week and runs for one semester.  This enables students to experience a good cross-section of available technologies.  Year 7 students participate in weekly General IT classes, which equips them with the necessary skills to competently utilise the facilities and resources that the school offers.  Prior to the commencement of any practical work, students complete thorough safety competencies, which entitle them to a Safety Licence.

 

Years 9 & 10

Students are required to participate in at least one Technology subject throughout the year.  Students are free to elect more than one subject if they wish.  At Laverton P-12 College all Year 10 students have the opportunity to commence the first two units of a VCE or VET subject.

 

VCE (Year 11 & 12)

Each study is made up of four units.  It is encouraged that Technology students elect Units1 and 2 prior to Units 3 and 4.

Technology subjects offered at VCE include:

  • Food Studies
  • VET in VCE Hospitality 
  • Systems Engineering
  • IT Applications
  • Product Design and Technology (Wood)
  • Product Design and Technology (Textiles)

 

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION


Years 7, 8 & 9

Students participate in 3 sessions of Health and Physical Education per week each year. They have 2 sessions of practical and 1 session of theory. Practical sessions are based around learning and consolidating sport game play, alongside working in teams and showing good sportsmanship. Theory sessions are based around understanding movement, moving the body, contributing to healthy and active communities, and being healthy, safe and well.

 

Students get to use our College Gym space, outside grassed oval and Basketball courts. 

 

Additionally, students have the opportunity to choose a semester based Fitness elective which includes creating team games, fitness circuits, boxing, yoga and Bike Education.

 

Year 10

As part of their compulsory units in Year 10, students have to choose at least one of the two Health and Physical Education subjects offered in order to build the skills they need to succeed in senior secondary. These subjects are semester based courses and are closely aligned with the Victorian Curriculum. They are also lead-in subjects for their VCE counterparts. Students can select from:

  • Physical Activity 
  • Health 

Physical Activity is a unit that introduces students to the possibility of further studies in Physical Education by combining practical activities with theoretical links.

 

Health is a unit that will expose students to key knowledge and skills that promote positive personal wellbeing.

 

VCE

Each study is made up of four units, students can choose from:

  • Physical Education
  • Health and Human Development 

VCE Physical Education examines the biological, physiological, psychological, social and cultural influences on performance and participation in physical activity. It focuses on the interrelationship between motor learning and psychological, biomechanical, physiological and sociological factors that influence physical performances, and participation in physical activity. It integrates theoretical knowledge with practical application through participation in physical activities. 

 

VCE Health and Human Development takes a broad and multidimensional approach to defining and understanding health and wellbeing. Students investigate the World Health Organization’s definition and other interpretations of health and wellbeing.

 

VET

Students have the opportunity to participate in VET alongside students from other schools.

 

Sport and Recreation
The Certificate III in Sport and Recreation provides students with the skills and knowledge to work in the Sport and recreation industry. (Please see the Careers section of the Laverton P-12 College for further information)

 

 

THE ARTS

 

The Arts curriculum contributes to the development of confident and creative individuals and enriches Australian society. Students express, represent and communicate ideas in contemporary, traditional and emerging arts forms.

 

At Laverton P-12 College the Arts curriculum ( at selected levels ) includes: 

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Communication Design

Visual Arts includes the fields of art, craft and design. Students create visual art works that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas. They learn about the role of the artist, craftsperson and designer and their contribution to society, Visual Arts engages students in a journey of discovery, experimentation and problem solving while  exploring visual arts techniques, technologies, practices and processes. Learning in Visual Arts supports students to view the world through various lenses and contexts. They recognise the significance of visual arts histories, theories and practices, exploring and responding to artists, craftspeople and designers and their artworks. Learning in the Visual Arts helps students to develop understanding of world cultures and their responsibilities as global citizens. The significant contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Australia’s arts heritage and contemporary arts practices are explored across the Arts, and students are encouraged to respect and value these unique and evolving traditions.

 

The Visual Arts curriculum aims to develop students’:

  • creative ideas and expressions through design and inquiry processes
  • visual arts techniques, materials, processes and technologies
  • critical and creative thinking, using visual arts languages, theories and practices to apply aesthetic judgment
  • respect for and acknowledgement of the diverse roles, innovations, traditions, histories and cultures of artists,
  • craftspeople, designers, curators, critics and commentators
  • respect for visual arts as social and cultural practices, including industry practices
  • confidence, curiosity, imagination and enjoyment  through engagement with visual arts making, viewing, discussing,
  • analysing, interpreting and evaluating.

Laverton P-12 College has well equipped studio spaces and art facilities to offer practices and exploration within a range of 2D and 3D visual art forms. 

 

Media (Year 10 elective)

Media provides students with opportunities to respond to and make various forms of media. This unit is about the way ideas are presented through various media, the images that surround us, and how to interpret visual content. Through the course students will plan, design, make and distribute media artworks that challenge, entertain, and inform. Students will explore social and cultural values and discuss alternative points of view as well as make work that examines the world around us. Students will respond to different media art forms, and explore themes and ideas through making still photography, film, video art, and animation.

 

Media VCE (Unit 1 - 4)

The media is ubiquitous in today’s world. Working on a personal, local, national and global level, media is deeply embedded within life and culture. It entertains, teaches, informs, and shapes audiences’ perception of their lives and the worlds in which they live. 

 

Students examine how and why the media constructs and reflects reality and how audiences engage with, consume, read, create and produce media products. They will plan, create and reflect upon their own media products using media technologies and ideas that represent their own skills and interests.

 

Depending on their interest and experience, students might engage in photography, film/video (narrative, music video, documentaries), print media (zines, graphic novels or comics), animation or audio productions (radio drama, podcasting).

 

The study is made up of four units:  

 

Unit 1: Media forms, representations and Australian stories 

Unit 2: Narrative across media forms 

Unit 3: Media narratives and pre-production 

Unit 4: Media production and issues in the media

 

MUSIC


For enquiries regarding the Laverton P-12 College Instrumental Music Program, please email the school or call on 9369 1833.


Instrumental Music Staff

Josh (Music Coordinator) - Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Drums 
Ken - Voice, Guitar, Bass, Piano 
Tommy - Drums
Daniel - Violin, Viola
Kristen - Flute, Clarinet
Laura - Cello

 

The Instrumental Music Program

From Years 3 through to Year 12 students at Laverton P-12 College have the opportunity to enhance their musical abilities through lessons, ensembles, workshops and excursions. Our Band and Instrumental Music Program in conjunction with our classroom music curriculum, provides students with a range of opportunities to grow and develop as musicians.

 

Students participate in individual or small group ensemble practice and rehearsals throughout the week during schooltime. Students have the opportunities to perform at assemblies, school events, and at the end of each semester in the Summer and Winter Concerts. 

 

Rehearsals are compulsory for all Instrumental Music students. Students are reminded to check the Compass and the PAC noticeboard for notices regarding weekly rehearsals.

 

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons are offered for Voice, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Drums, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, and Clarinet. All of our instrumental lessons operate on a rotating timetable so that students do not miss the same subject twice in a row. Students enrolled in lessons are expected to bring all required materials and their instrument to every lesson and to regularly check the PAC notice board, and Compass for any notices that may apply to them.

 

All instrumental lessons are free. 

 

Lessons for violin, viola, flute, clarinet, and cello are only available for students who participate in the afterschool music program - Chrashendo. Voice, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano and Drums lessons are only available for year 6 -  year 12 students. 


Crashendo


Classroom Music Program

Our Instrumental Music Program is coupled with our Classroom Music curriculum to provide students with the broadest possible range of musical skills, knowledge and opportunities.

 

Music is offered as a subject at Laverton P-12 College for Year 8 and Year 10 students for 2 sessions each week for one semester. The music teacher Mr. Hall is dedicated to passing on his own passion for music to his students, ensuring that students not only succeed academically in the subject but develop as performers and appreciators of music.

 

The Classroom Music curriculum, in conjunction with the Instrumental Music Program, gives students the fundamental knowledge, skill base and performance experience they need to become confident and proficient musicians.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Term 1
Enrolment / Re-enrolment


Term 2
Winter Concert – Date TBA


Term 3
Enrolment / Re-enrolment


Term 4
Summer Concert – Date TBA

 

 

 

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