ALTIOR COURSES

YEAR 7

Enrichment English

Year 7 Enrichment English 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.

Enrichment Mathematics

In Year 7 Enrichment Maths students study Number Skills and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. The use of laptops and a CAS calculator 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.

Enrichment Science

Year 7 Enrichment Science 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.

Enrichment Humanities

In Year 7 Enrichment Humanities, 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 also undertake investigations of notable persons and significant periods in Ancient History.


YEAR 8

Advanced English

Year 8 Advanced English 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.

Advanced Mathematics

Year 8 Advanced Maths 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 regularly use laptops and CAS calculators 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 semester examinations.

Advanced Science

In Year 8 Advanced Science, 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.

Advanced Humanities

Year 8 Advanced Humanities comprises a semester of history followed by a semester of geography and commerce. In the first semester unit students 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 also study the social, political and economic features of societies during feudal times in Europe and Japan. Students 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 also complete in-depth research into the social, political, economic or religious beliefs of either European or Japanese Feudal society.

In the second semester unit, students study a term of geography and a term of commerce. In geography they investigate major natural systems, the impact of human activities on the natural environment and the way people respond to change. In commerce, students 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 also investigate a business of their choice and develop a plan that outlines the processes of how they might establish their business.


YEAR 9

Advanced English

Year 9 Advanced 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 experience in writing for different purposes and audiences. They also develop their ability to analyse and evaluate ideas contained in different texts and print and electronic media.

Advanced Mathematics

Year 9 Advanced 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 iPads and CAS calculators 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.

Advanced Science

In Year 9 Advanced Science students are provided with the opportunity to study the Chemical, Physical, Biological and Earth and Space Sciences. In the Chemistry strand, students investigate the 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.

Advanced Humanities

In Year 9 Advanced Humanities, 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. 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 issues around the types and availability of food on a global scale.


YEAR 10

Accelerating into VCE subjects

Students who have successfully completed Enrichment Subjects from Years 7‒9 are encouraged to accelerate into VCE subjects. In addition, students who have completed Advanced Maths-Science will generally be given direct entry into the Enhanced Mathematical Methods pathway in Years 10 and 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 Deputy Principal (Teaching and Learning), the Director of Teaching and Learning, the VCE Coordinator and their Year 9 Advanced Subject teachers.

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