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Curriculum

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​​​Design Technology (Elective Year 7/8) 


Students plan and manage projects by applying computational and systems thinking to analyse a design brief. Students explore, create and evaluate a sustainable prototype design solution (a themed computer game controller to operate a computer game) using computer aided drawing software, 3D printing systems and RPG Game Maker. Students enjoy the use of our specialized Deign and Technology rooms. ​



​Business Studies (Elective Year 7-8)

This course is for one term only on a rotational basis. It allows students to gain experience and general knowledge in the business area, including financial literacy. This knowledge and experience will assist students intending on studying these subjects into the future. This subject is based on the 7-1O Economics and Business Australian Curriculum .

Topics covered by this course are broad and include:


• Why is there a relationship between consumers and producers in the market?

• Why is personal, organisational and financial planning for the future important for consumers and businesses?

• How does entrepreneurial behaviour contribute to a successful business?

• What types of work exist and in what other ways can people derive an income?


Business Studies (Elective Year 9)

This course is for a semester if selected. It allows students to gain experience and general knowledge in the business and economics area, including financial literacy. This knowledge and experience will assist students intending on studying these subjects into the future. This subject is based on the 7-1O Economics and Business Australian Curriculum.

Topics covered by this course are broad and include:


• Why are markets needed, and why are governments involved?

• Why do consumers and businesses have both rights and responsibilities?

• What may affect the ways people work now and in the future?

• How do different businesses respond to opportunities in the market?


Further topics include:

• How do participants in the global economy interact?

• What strategies can be used to manage financial risks and rewards?

• How does creating a competitive advantage benefit business?

• What are the responsibilities of participants in the workplace and why are these important? 


Food Technology

An introduction to healthy living, with the occasional treat. Students will learn about dietary needs and why food is important for growth and development. We will be covering how food is digested and how long different foods take to go through our system. Students will explore a variety of studies on how our body lets us know when we are deficient in a variety of vitamins and minerals.

Students will also be exposed to a variety of cooking techniques, both simple and complex. They will have the opportunity to prepare and sample a variety of foods. A variety of techniques will also be demonstrated to the students. We will cover planning and preparing simple healthy main meals, snacks and desserts .

Students will also learn how to cook in a hygienic and safe environment. A variety of issues will be covered, from how to hold a knife correctly, how to put out a fat fire and how to prepare food hygienically. Students will also learn about portion control, budgeting and consumerism.


Language Acquisition


In Years 7 and 8, students study Mandarin two lessons per week. Students are phased in classes according to their experience in learning the language. In Years 10 to 12 we offer Chinese for native speakers, and our aim is to introduce this into Years 7-9 by 2023.


During these lessons, students have the opportunity to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. They learn how communicate using a range of text types and for a range of purposes in familiar contexts: Family, hobbies, daily routine, etc


Learning about the culture is also essential part of language learning. Students learn about a range of cultural festivals and food. The main purpose of learning another language is to develop students’ ability to interact with other cultures through building their intercultural understanding.


In Year 9 students can choose a language acquisition elective which runs for 6 months. They have the opportunity to choose whether to continue to study Mandarin, or whether to try to Spanish.


English as an Additional Language (Language and Literature)


Students who have been invited to be part of the English as an Additional Language program, study English 6 times each week. For Language they explore grammatical structures, vocabulary, spelling to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. In the Literature course, students study a modified humanities programme, exploring Australian identity and systems. These include First Fleet, Gold Rush and Government. Through these themes students investigate poetry, short stories and professional media articles. Students are regularly assessed


Health and Physical Education (HPE)

The College's HPE key learning area (KLA) work program reflects the dynamic and multi-dimensional nature of health and recognises the significance of physical activity in the lives of individuals and groups in contemporary Australian society.

The key learning area provides a foundation for developing active and informed members of society, capable of managing the interactions between themselves and their social, cultural and physical environments in the pursuit of good health.

The key learning area offers students opportunities to develop knowledge, processes, skills and attitudes necessary for making informed decisions about

• Promoting the health of individuals and communities.

• Developing concepts and skills for physical activity.

• Enhancing personal development.


Students are encouraged to act, individually or collectively, in culturally appropriate ways to enhance health and wellbeing and to promote structures in society which support their own and others' health and wellbeing.

HPE is a core subject for all students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Students have 2-3 x 70 minute lessons per week for one semester. Across the span of the three years the program is condensed to allow for greater latitude in guiding students into possible pathways into senior school with the Athlete Development Program (ADP) and Fitness Education (FE) run in conjunction with HPE.

Active engagement in physical activity is a major emphasis in this key learning area. At Calamvale Community College, at least 70 % of available time in HPE is allocated to learning experiences that actively engage students in physical activity. This emphasis recognises that participation in physical activity promotes health and acknowledges the unique role of physical activity as a medium for learning. 



Maths

Mathematics in Years 7-9, focuses on enabling students to experience mathematical concepts through a variety of methods to allow each student to achieve their potential in the critical. Students are either supported or extended in such class to support their individual abilities.

The mathematics curriculum is based on three strands


• Numbers and Algebra

• Measurement and Geometry

• Statistics and Probability


With the aim of developing mastery of this critical subject. All students construct a personalised learning plan (PLP) in maths with their teacher and team. This focuses on the students identifying key concepts they need to work on and develop together with strategies they can use to improve.


Science

At the College our goal is to improve our Science students' knowledge and conceptual understanding as well as their ability to investigate phenomena scientifically. We also strive to develop their attitudes and values in an increasingly complex scientific world. Students perform many practical experiments throughout the three year course as well as observe demonstrations, and participate in excursions.

Our emphasis within the Year 7-9 science program is to assist students in developing the necessary skills to act as rational and creative thinkers. The program engages students in the acquisition of knowledge and the development of understanding.

The Years 7-9 science program allows students to learn about themselves and others, to have knowledge of scientific phenomena and to be able to process information from a scientific perspective.

Students are engaged in a well-balanced inquiry-based program that involves a variety of activities to cater for all learning needs.

Learning experiences

A variety of approaches to teaching and learning are utilised in order to maximise every students potential to achieve. These include:

• Laboratory activities and experiences

• Teacher exposition and questioning

• Computer software simulations

• Extended experimental investigations

• Self-directed and paced learning

• Library research and Assignment work

• Excursions

• Media presentations

 

Humanities (Individuals and Societies)

Humanities (Individuals and Societies) promote the development of knowledge, processes, skills and values necessary to investigate controversial and challenging issues, promote critical thinking, make informed decisions and take action in order to enhance the 'common good'. This inquiry-based approach draws on range of concepts, values and processes from various disciplines including history, geography, and economics. Consequently, it provides opportunities for students to develop the understanding and skills necessary for the study of these subjects in their senior years at school.

The main emphasis of the humanities curriculum can be reflected as knowing and doing through inquiry. The learning outcomes are organized into four strands:

• Time, Continuity and Change

• Place and Space

• Culture and Identity

• Political and Economic Systems


Students undertake their learning through investigations in units of work such as:


• Geospatial Skills

• Liveability

• Interconnections

• Water in the World

• Economics

• Government Systems

• Culture and Identity: Indigenous Perspectives

• The ancient world

• Medieval history

• The Making of the modern world


Students demonstrate their learning by undertaking major assignments, writing short tests and examinations, and completing portfolio activities. Students are assessed in terms of the following criteria:

• Knowledge and understanding

• Historical/Geographical Skills


 

The Arts


The co-curricular offerings at Calamvale Community College support and build on the Years 7-9 elective offerings of Drama, Music, Visual Arts and Film and TV.

Students have opportunities to participate in a wide range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities including:

• Instrumental Music Program

• School Musical and Theatre Performance

• Vocal group

• Artist in resident programs

• Creative Generation

• Logan Gallery Art Waves

• Cheerleading

• Art Exhibitions

• Concerts and showcases

• Festivals and workshops


Students are encouraged to attend live performances and exhibitions. Out of school excursions and in­ school incursions are made available to interested students as opportunities arise.


Drama


The Arts in any form allow students to learn in creative and practical ways. In Drama we are able to develop a wide range of skills that are transferable to any other Key Learning Area, social or workplace situation. Drama encourages students to critically and actively be aware of themselves and the world they live in. Students develop the ability to effectively communicate with others. Self-discipline, confidence and teamwork skills assist students to develop empathy and a clearer sense of self.


Students undertake learning through units of work such as:


• Collage Drama

• Stagecraft and Playbuilding

• Improvisation

• Children’s Theatre and Physical Comedy


Music


Several different practical-based music modules are offered, with each one designed to enable students to develop a working knowledge of music theory and performance skills through the study of different music genres. The emphasis is to learn through participation and to gain experience through involvement. Recognition of prior learning and are features of the practical lessons.

Students undertake learning through units such as


• Video Game Music 

• Music Technology

• Music in Movies


Visual Art


Art offers a unique way for students to learn about their world. They are able to see and express their ideas, feelings and understanding of the world by designing, making and appraising art. Engaging students in artistic learning gives them freedom to develop, explore and respond to their own and other's experiences. Through Visual Art we express and share our world view, historical, cultural and personal. When students engage in Visual Arts, it is expected that they understand the diverse individual and communal expressions of Australia's past, present and future through artworks including those created by Indigenous Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Students undertake learning through units of work such as:


• 3D Art

• 2D Art

• Digital Art



Film, Television & New Media


By studying Film, Television & New Media, students will develop knowledge and skills in creative thinking, communication, collaboration, planning, critical analysis, and digital and ethical citizenship. They will develop the necessary critical and creative skills to reflect on and appreciate Australian and global cultures and make sense of what they see and experience. Film, Television & New Media will equip students for a future of unimagined possibilities with highly transferable and flexible thinking and communication skills.


Students undertake learning through units of work such as:

• Photography

• Music Videos

• Teen Film


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Last reviewed 06 May 2022
Last updated 06 May 2022