ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

YEAR 7

English Advanced Placement

The Year 7 Advanced Placement English Program focuses on expanding student knowledge and understanding of a range of texts and builds on their appreciation of how to use formal language to construct texts for school and real life purposes. Students learn to conduct formal research and are encouraged to work cooperatively in groups. Students also become actively involved in reflecting, monitoring and evaluating their work and their contribution to group activities.

Mathematics Advanced Placement

In the Year 7 Advanced Placement Maths Program, students study Units of work from three content strands of Level 8 Mathematics: Number Skills and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. The use of technology is an integral component of each unit of study. Throughout the year, students are expected to complete a number of Enrichment Tasks and major Problem-Based Learning Project. Students are given an opportunity to participate in a range of investigations and competitions designed to challenge their understanding and skill application in Mathematics.

Science Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Science Program in Year 7 provides an introduction to Science including the use of scientific equipment and the ability to carry out practical experiments. Students are also trained in the safe use of laboratory equipment and to conduct investigations and individual research.

Humanities Advanced Placement

In the Advanced Placement Humanities Program, students are introduced to the study of Geography and History including the relevant methodology for conducting historical investigations. Students study various types of maps and learn the skills needed to read maps, including BOLTSS, compass reading and the understanding of latitude and longitude. They study the various geographic features and environmental issues associated with countries within the Asia-Pacific region. They undertake investigations of notable persons and significant periods in Ancient History.


YEAR 8

English Advanced Placement

The Year 8 Advanced Placement English Program focuses on developing metacognition and communication skills. Students explore key aspects of language structures and strategies to extend their Oral and Writing Skills. The Course centres upon the analysis of themes and issues related to the set novels. Students experiment with a variety of writing styles and text types appropriate for different purposes and audiences. They participate in research related to issues of significance in their lives, and they contribute to group activities related to deconstruction of novels and other written texts.

Mathematics Advanced Placement

The Year 8 Advanced Placement Maths Program aims to familiarise students with key mathematical concepts including Number Skills, Pythagoras' Theorem and Geometry, Algebra, Indices, and Further Algebra. Students keep an organised Theory Book and Exercise Workbook. Throughout the program students undertake problem solving and analysis tasks, and use of iPads and CAS calculators regularly in order to develop advanced mathematical strategies and skills. There are several Assessment Tasks that evaluate student knowledge of routine and non-routine problems as well as an End of Unit Examinations.

Science Advanced Placement

In the Year 8 Advanced Placement Science Program, students explore the universe and geological processes and factors leading towards the formation of volcanoes, various rock types and the universe The Chemistry unit investigates the properties of acids and bases, atomic structure and how atomic bonding takes place. The Physics Unit explores the motion of objects in terms of simple combinations of forces and it explains how mechanical systems direct and modify force and motion. Students learn about the operation of direct current series and parallel circuits and the technologies associated with its behaviour. Students also undertake a CREST a negotiated investigation into a scientific topic of interest.

Humanities Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Humanities course in Year 8 will comprise a semester of history followed by a semester of geography and commerce. In the first semester unit students will develop skills needed for the understanding and appreciation of history. Students develop an understanding of how historians approach the study of history and the methods they use to gain the best understanding of people and societies of the past. Students will study the social, political and economic features of societies during feudal times in Europe and Japan. Students will study the religious beliefs and ideas of these societies as they responded to changes brought on by historical events such as the Black Death. Students will also complete an in depth research into the social, political, economic or religious beliefs of either European or Japanese Feudal society.

In the second semester unit, students will study a term of geography and a term of commerce. In geography they will investigate major natural systems, the impact of human activities on the natural environment and the way people respond to change. In commerce, students will cover topics that include: aim of business, marketing and advertising techniques, consumer rights, technology in business and basic economic concepts of supply, demand and prices. Students will also investigate a business of their choice and develop a plan which outlines the processes of how they might establish their business.


YEAR 9

English Advanced Placement

The Year 9 Advanced Placement English course focuses on further developing students’ oral language and writing skills. Students explore ideas through language and study of a range of literary styles. Students experiment with a variety of genres and develop a folio of writing for different purposes and audiences. They develop their ability to analyse and evaluate ideas contained in different texts and print and electronic media.

Mathematics Advanced Placement

The Year 9 Advanced Placement Maths Program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to be extended in order to prepare for Senior Mathematics. This Course covers the topics of Number Skills, Algebra, Indices, Measurement and Geometry, Quadratic Expressions and Equations, and Statistics and Probability. Throughout the program, students undertake problem-solving and analysis tasks, and regularly use technology in order to develop advanced mathematical strategies and skills. Students participate in a variety of mathematical competitions including The Australian Mathematics Competition, and the Mathematics Challenge.

Science Advanced Placement

In the Year 9 Advanced Placement Science Program, students are provided with the opportunity to study the Chemical, Physical, Biological and Earth and Space Sciences. In the Chemistry strand, students investigate chemical reactions and bonding, and the properties of atoms. The Physics Strand covers Newton’s Laws of Motion, as well as work and efficiency. In the Biology strand, students study evolution, natural selection and genetics. The Earth and Space sciences covers cosmology, global systems and global warming.

Humanities Advanced Placement

In the Advanced Placement Humanites Program, students further develop their skills in, and appreciation of the study of History including the relevant methodology for conducting historical investigations. In this unit, students will look at the lives of the early Australians both Aboriginal and European within the context of a wider world, especially Asia. Topics covered include: the way Aborigines interacted with the new European convicts and settlers, the reasons for settlement by Europeans, the emergence of bushrangers, the effects of the Gold Rushes, European contacts with China around 1900, the Boxer Rebellion, the experience of Chinese living in Australia, working conditions and new Federal legislation around 1900 and World War I. Advanced Placement students undertake special "depth" studies to further enhance their learning.

The Geography unit explores issues related to food sources, food production and food security; as well as, the issues around the types and availability of food on a global scale.


YEAR 10

Accelerating into VCE subjects

Students who have been in Advanced Placement from Years 7 - 9 are encouraged to accelerate into VCE subjects. In addition, students who have completed the Advanced Placement Maths-Science Program will generally be given direct entry into the Enhanced Mathematical Methods pathway in Years 10 & 11, and should consider accelerating into VCE Biology or Psychology.

For advice on the most appropriate courses to consider, students are encouraged to speak with the Assistant Principal (Teaching and Learning), the Director of Teaching and Learning, the VCE Coordinator and their Year 9 Advanced Placement teachers.

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