Year 9 Core Subjects

English / EAL English

Aim:

In Year 9 English, you will:

• Listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken and written texts across a range of contexts

• Appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to explain feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interactions with others, entertain, persuade and argue

• Have an interest in texts, through the study of different text types, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

Content:

The main areas of content you will explore in English are Media and Issues, Persuasive Writing, Literature Analysis, Comparing Texts and Creative Writing.

Assessment:

  • Bookwork and activities
  • Text Response Essays
  • Writing Tasks
  • Oral Presentations

Humanities

Aim:

Humanities is an extremely broad subject that looks at History, Geography and Economics.

It will help you understand how and why groups of people settled where they did, organised their societies, got rich (or poor), made friends (or enemies) and modified the natural environment to suit their own needs.

Content:

The first semester of Humanities is History. Your focus will be on the making of the modern world (from 1750 to 1918), investigating the reasons people moved around the globe in this era, the making of the Australian nation and our involvement in World War One.

Term 3 looks at Geography. You will learn how we are all connected, the importance of trade, how food is produced and how we can combat world hunger and other global issues.

Term 4 focuses on Economics. Through this unit you will discover the world of work, businesses and money and learn how people find jobs, what jobs there are, the rights of workers and consumers, budgeting and the stock market.

Assessment:

  • Bookwork and activities
  • Research Task
  • Communication Task
  • Timed Exercises

Mathematics

Aim:

This subject aims to combine a range of teaching methods and classroom practices with an online learning environment to support individualised learning for each student. This includes developing their problem solving; independent learning and group work skills and helping students develop a growth mindset towards their mathematics learning.

Content:

In this subject you will be using an online textbook and assessment system called Maths Pathway. Maths lessons will be tailored to precisely what each individual student is ready to learn. Some students will be filling in gaps in prior learning or working on extension activities. Students will complete work individually in their maths exercise book, guided by questions and videos. Every fortnight, students will sit a maths test relating only to what they have been working on. Time will also be spent every fortnight working on Rich Tasks, which have a focus on problem solving and real world applications. These Rich Tasks can be completed individually and in small groups. Students will also focus on building a growth mindset towards their maths learning.

Assessment:

  • Statistics Rich Task
  • Measurement Rich Task
  • Simple Interest Rich Task

Physical Education

Aim:

To develop both fine and gross motor skills, fitness, teamwork and strategic thinking across a range of sports and an understanding of theory concepts related to the learning of fitness components, training principals and methods of training.

Content:

In this subject you will participate in a range of sports, focusing on developing both your fine and gross motor skills, teamwork and team strategy/tactics. You will also improve your physical fitness, through specific testing, understanding of health and skill related fitness components and investigating both training principals and methods. You will explore the factors that affect physical activity participation by exploring the potential barriers to physical activity and investigate ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of the community.

Assessment:

  • Practical participation
  • Practical Skill achievement
  • Theory

Science

Aim:

This subject aims to allow students to further their understandings and knowledge in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science.

Content:

In Year 9, you will consider the operation of systems at a range of scales. You will explore ways in which the human body as a system responds to its external environment and the interdependencies between biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems. You will be introduced to the notion of the atom as a system of protons, electrons and neutrons, and how this system can change through nuclear decay. You will understand how matter can be rearranged through chemical change and that these changes play an important role in many systems. You will be introduced to the concept of the conservation of matter and begin to develop a more sophisticated view of energy transfer. You will apply your understanding of energy and forces to global systems such as continental movement.

Assessment:

  • Practical Reports
  • Tests
  • Projects

Pastoral

Aim:

Pastoral is designed to allow you to discuss, research and debate issues around your personal health, relationships and future careers.

Content: You will learn about various topics including

  • Relationships
  • Sex, sexuality and gender
  • Sexual health
  • Careers and subject selection preparation
  • First Aid
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Assessment:

  • ‘Advising a friend’ assessment task
  • Workbook studies
  • Completion of subject selection workbook
  • Online careers and aptitude activities

Co-curricular Activities

City School:

The ‘camp’ for year nine is the very popular City School program. You will spend a week in Melbourne’s CBD where you investigate the theme of change and continuity. You will visit a range of modern and historical sites in order to develop an understanding of how Melbourne was built and how it has evolved. More importantly, City School is designed to provide opportunities for you to feel independent, responsible and challenged within an alternate learning environment. Activities include visits to the Old Melbourne Gaol, Eureka Tower, Hardrock Rock-climbing and hands on participation in SYN Radio Station and the Big Issue classroom. You will prepare for City School in Humanities and Pastoral classes and will create a presentation about change and continuity in Melbourne.

Program Cost:

Approximately $100.00. School fees and costs will be sent home with the Parent Supported Materials sheet which is distributed in Term 4.

First Aid:

You will complete a first aid program run by KMR Safety First. You will be trained in the most up to date and relevant first aid training in order to equip you to better handle emergency situations.

Program Cost:

Approximately $15.00. School fees and costs will be sent home with the Parent Supported Materials sheet which is distributed in Term 4.

Occupational Health and Safety:

In order to prepare you for work experience in Year 10, you will complete your Occupational Health and Safety certificate. This course will be completed in Pastoral classes and will focus on real world scenarios and provide you with training and a recognised certificate to enhance your employment opportunities.

Program Cost:

School fees and costs will be sent home with the Parent Supported Materials sheet which is distributed in Term 4.