Kooringal High School

Kooringal High School - "The Edge in Education"

Telephone02 6922 5155

Emailkooringal-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Subject Information

2011

Year 7 Term 1

Subject

Unit/Topic Title(s)

Description

English

The World Through My Eyes (5 weeks)

  A complex and sophisticated study of picture. An analysis of how context shapes our interpretations through the key techniques of these text types.

 

 

English

 

 

 

Growing Up (10 weeks)

Continued into term 2

A text based creative and analytical exploration of the concept ‘Growing Up'. Students will begin with a novel and explore a variety of texts via this theme

Geography

The Nature of Geography

An introduction to the discipline of Geography and the nature of geographical inquiry.

Geography

Investigating the World

This unit involves a study of the physical and human environments including the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere through a skills and field work approach. World Heritage Sites feature in this study.

Japanese

 

Unit 1: - Pleased to meet you!

Unit 2:  Let's count!

 

(10 weeks)

An introduction to Japanese language and culture covering facts on Japan, Japanese society, the writing system, greetings and numbers in kanji characters.

Maths

Whole Numbers

NS4.1 Ch1, 2 & 10

Maths

Fractions

NS4.3 Ch 4 & 5

Music

The Guitar

Students learn the basics of music notation, learn to play several chord progressions and compose their own work.  Students also learn about instruments in the orchestra and listen to examples of these.

Science

Experimenting - What is Science

  • Develops ideas about the purpose and safe use of laboratory equipment. 
  • Introduction of the scientific process for the design of valid and reliable investigations

Science

Experimenting - Separating

  • Develops an understanding of the applications and uses of science by designing and conducting a range physical separations
  • Relate the laboratory process to the ‘real world'

PDHPE         Prac

 

Theory

Dancing/Touch

 

 

Sense of self

Adolescence Growth and Development and Change



 

 

Year 8 Term 1

Subject

Unit/Topic Title(s)

Description

English

Shakespeare's Context (5 weeks)

  A research focussed journey into the world of Shakespeare and the Elizabethans.  An exploration of some of Shakespeare's finest moments.

 

 

 

English

 

 

 

Printed Purpose ( 10 weeks)

Continued into term two

Students will learn about how a composer represents their ideas and messages through specific textual forms. Students will use, describe and analyse various language forms and features relating to factual (newspapers) and creative (narrative) structures.

Geography

The Changing Nature of the World - Globalisation

This unit outlines the causes of Globalisation and the impacts it has on individuals, communities, countries and the environment.

 

It also involves the study of global organisations including government and non government organisations.

 

Geography

 

 

Global Inequalities

A study of the global patterns of poverty and wealth and the reasons for the variations in access to education, food, health, shelter and water.

 

History

Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History

Part A:  Australia 1788 – 1900: the nature and impact of colonisation and contact – Explores traditional Aboriginal culture and then investigates the colonisation of Australia in order to assess the impact it has had on Aboriginal culture.

Japanese

Unit 5:  Animal sounds and folklore.

Unit 6:  I like pasta!

(10 weeks)

A look into Japanese lifestyle, houses, family members, pets and animals.  Introducing adjectives for descriptions, likes/dislikes, food/drinks, animal zodiac, and folk tales that feature animals.

Maths

Algebra

PAS4.3 Ch 3

Maths

Pythagoras's Theorem

NS4.1 Ch 4

Maths

Percentages

NS4.3 Ch 6


 

Year 7 Term 2

Subject

Unit/Topic Title(s)

Description

English

Growing Up (10 weeks)

Continued from term 1

  A text based creative and analytical exploration of the concept ‘Growing Up'. Students will begin with a novel and explore a variety of texts via this theme

English

 

 

 

Into the Wild ( 10 weeks)

Continued into term 3

A comprehensive study of documentary and feature film. Students will not only learn about these mediums, but compare/contrast composers use of techniques and presentation of content

Geography

Global Environments

The geographical processes that from and transform global environments and human interactions within environments.

 

Students complete a case study of at least one global environment which incorporates the communities that reside in this environment.

 

Japanese

Unit 3:  Where are you from?

Unit 4:  How many people?

(10 – 11 weeks)

A study of patterns and rules in Japanese sentences, saying your age, where you live, about your family, and different nationalities in Japanese.  Also, recognition of all 46 of hiragana script.

Science

Cells

&

Living Things

·         Analyse how technology has influenced our understanding of the natural world.

  • Introduce microscope work and specimen preparation
  • Distinguish between plants and animals at a cellular level

Science

Ecology

  • Distinguish between biotic and abiotic factors and describe their interactions in the local environment.
  • Construct food chains and food webs and analyse the interactions between the tropic levels.

Maths

Properties of Solids

SGS4.1 Ch 3

Maths

Decimals

NS4.3 Ch 6

Maths

Percentages

NS4.3 Ch 9

Maths

Number Patterns

PAS4.2 Ch 8

Music

The Keyboard

Students learn the basics of the keyboard, including scales chords and intervals.  They work towards a performance piece appropriate to their skill level, and undertake listening activities from various styles.

PDHPE         Prac

 

Theory

Basketball & Hockey

 

 

Drug Issues

Smoking and issues relating

Create anti-smoking campaign



 

 

Year 8 Term 2

Subject

Unit/Topic Title(s)

Description

English

Printed Purpose ( 10 weeks)

Continued from term one

Students will learn about how a composer represents their ideas and messages through specific textual forms. Students will use, describe and analyse various language forms and features relating to factual (newspapers) and creative (narrative) structures.

English

 

 

 

Genre (10 weeks) Continued into term 3

A detailed analysis of a chosen genre through the film and novel medium.  Through characterisation, setting, and language techniques students will analyse respond to and compose their own texts of the chosen genre.

Geography

Global Geographical Issues - overview

A range of Geographical issues are studied including climate change, energy use, indigenous self determination, land degradation, tourism, urbanisation  and the use of ocean resources.

 

Geography

Global Geographical Issues - Case Studies

Two detailed case studies are completed on Human Rights and Threatened Habitats where students have the opportunity to research extensively.

History

Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History

Part B:  Another civilisation outside Australia and the impact of colonisation – for example: Aztecs and Spanish.  Explores the traditional culture from outside Australia and then investigates the colonisation of this civilisation in order to assess the impact it has had on the indigenous culture.

 

History

The Shaping of the Modern World

This unit involves independent research in the library.  Each student researches one person from modern history who has made a significant contribution to creating the modern world we have today.  From their research they develop an ICT power point presentation which is then delivered to the class.

Japanese

Unit 7:  When is it?

Unit 8:  What's your hobby?

(10 – 11 weeks)

Talking about the days of the week, months, one's birthday, hobbies and interests, sports and other activities.  Asking and responding to questions related to above.

Maths

Area

MS4.1 Ch 8

Maths

Rates & Ratios

NS4.3 Ch 12

Maths

Angles, Congruence & Similarity

SGS4.3 SGS4.4 Ch 5 & 13

 



 

Year 7 Term 3

Subject

Unit/Topic Title(s)

Description

English

Into the Wild ( 10 weeks)

Continued from term 2

A comprehensive study of documentary and feature film. Students will not only learn about these mediums, but compare/contrast composers use of techniques and presentation of content

 

 

English

 

 

 

People and Places – A descriptive writing unit ( 10 weeks) Continued into term 4

 

 

Development of writing skills and extension of literacy through response to and composition of descriptive writing.

Japanese

is only offered for two terms in Year 7 and two terms in Year 8.  Topics covered in Terms 3 & 4 in Year 8 is a repeat of Terms 1 & 2.

Unit 1: - Pleased to meet you!

Unit 2:  Let's count!

 

(10 weeks)

An introduction to Japanese language and culture covering facts on Japan, Japanese society, the writing system, greetings and numbers in kanji characters.

Science

Particles

·         Focuses on the nature and practice of science

·         Use the kinetic particle theory to explain the phases of matter

·         Relate the behaviour of particles to the physical properties of matter (e.g. viscosity, density, boiling point compressibility)

Science

Energy

  • Identify and describe energy changes and the action of forces in everyday situations
  • Use models to describe how heat energy is transferred.
  • Describe how the understanding of energy is used in technological development
  • Research alternative sources of energy

Maths

Time

MS4.3 Ch 7

Maths

Integers

NS4.2 Ch 11

Maths

Algebra

PAS4.1 PAS4.3 Ch 12

Maths

Simple Equations

PAS4.4 Ch 12

PDHPE         Prac

 

Theory

Dancing/Touch

 

 

Sense of self

Adolescence Growth and Development and Change



 

Year 8 Term 3

Subject

Unit/Topic Title(s)

Description

English

Genre (10 weeks) Continued from term 2

A detailed analysis of a chosen genre through the film and novel medium.  Through characterisation, setting, and language techniques students will analyse respond to and compose their own texts of the chosen genre.

English

 

 

 

Bran Nue Way (10 weeks)

Continued into term 4

A poetry based unit that examines the poetic form and techniques and how perceptions of Australia have changed over time.  Students will also examine this cultural development through related non-fiction texts.

Maths

Equations

PAS4.4 Ch10

Maths

Circles

MS4.1 Ch 8

Maths

Surface Area & Volume

MS4.2 Ch 11

History

Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History

Part A:  Australia 1788 – 1900: the nature and impact of colonisation and contact – Explores traditional Aboriginal culture and then investigates the colonisation of Australia in order to assess the impact it has had on Aboriginal culture.

Japanese

is only offered for two terms in Year 7 and two terms in Year 8.  Topics covered in Terms 3 & 4 in Year 8 is a repeat of Terms 1 & 2.

Unit 5:  Animal sounds and folklore.

Unit 6:  I like pasta!

(10 – 11 weeks)

A look into Japanese lifestyle, houses, family members, pets and animals.  Introducing adjectives for descriptions, likes/dislikes, food/drinks, animal zodiac, and folk tales that feature animals.

Music

Singing / performance skills

Students work independently or as a group to perform vocally.  The students will also move and respond to different styles of music, and use listening skills to identify intervals, chords and rhythms




 

Year 7 Term 4

Subject

Unit/Topic Title(s)

Description

English

People and Places – A descriptive writing unit ( 10 weeks) Continued from term 3

Development of writing skills and extension of literacy through response to and composition of descriptive writing.

 

English

 

 

 

Media – Magazines (5 weeks)

An analysis how the media shape our perceptions of ourselves and our world. Composition and analysis of various media texts

Japanese

is only offered for two terms in Year 7 and two terms in Year 8.  Topics covered in Terms 3 & 4 in Year 8 is a repeat of Terms 1 & 2.

Unit 3:  Where are you from?

Unit 4:  How many people?

(10 – 11 weeks)

A study of patterns and rules in Japanese sentences, saying your age, where you live, about your family, and different nationalities in Japanese.  Also, recognition of all 46 of hiragana script.

Maths

Angles

SGS4.2 Ch 13

Maths

Length, Perimeter, Area

MS4.1 Ch 14

Maths

Number Plane

PAS4.5 Ch 11

Maths

Calculators

 

PDHPE        Prac

Theory

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Cricket

 

Food for Thought

Healthy food habits and Nutritional Information




 

Year 8 Term 4

Subject

Unit/Topic Title(s)

Description

English

Bran Nue Way (10 weeks)

Continued from term 3

 A poetry based unit that examines the poetic form and techniques and how perceptions of Australia have changed over time.  Students will also examine this cultural development through related non-fiction texts.

English

 

 

 

Drama ( 5 weeks)

Students will learn about different scripting forms and build confidence through drama activities and small class based performances. Students will also learn to write in different scripting styles and mediums.

History

Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History

Part B:  Another civilisation outside Australia and the impact of colonisation – for example: Aztecs and Spanish.  Explores the traditional culture from outside Australia and then investigates the colonisation of this civilisation in order to assess the impact it has had on the indigenous culture.

 

History

The Shaping of the Modern World

This unit involves independent research in the library.  Each student researches one person from modern history who has made a significant contribution to creating the modern world we have today.  From their research they develop an ICT power point presentation which is then delivered to the class.

Japanese

is only offered for two terms in Year 7 and two terms in Year 8.  Topics covered in Terms 3 & 4 in Year 8 is a repeat of Terms 1 & 2.

Unit 7:  When is it?

Unit 8:  What's your hobby?

(10 – 11 weeks)

Talking about the days of the week, months, one's birthday, hobbies and interests, sports and other activities.  Asking and responding to questions related to above.

Maths

Data Analysis

DS4.2 Ch 9

Maths

Linear Relationships

PAS4.5 Ch 7

Music

Year 8 Idol

Students work in an ensemble over several weeks preparing a performance.  Students can choose to play drums, guitar, bass, keyboard or vocals for this task.  Students are assessed in a final concert for Year 8 students, which is held in the Performing Arts Venue.  Students also continue to develop their aural skills through listening tasks.