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Drouin Secondary College - Course Selection

Year 7

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As a Year 7 student at Drouin Secondary College, you will be provided with a course that allows you to experience a range of subjects across the Key Learning Domains. You will find below an overview of what you will study in each of these learning areas.

English

You will begin your secondary English classes by exploring a range of texts focusing on persuasive language and how written language can change based on audience and purpose.

Basic literacy skills are a focus in Year 7, you will have the chance to explore your grammatical skills and consolidate your spelling. You will have the chance to study a range of texts; both film and novel studies and begin to learn how to plan, write and structure an essay. Through these texts you will learn unfamiliar ideas, themes, traditions and cultures from around the world.

Speaking and listening skills are covered through several oral presentations and reading is monitored and encouraged through the accelerated reading program, run in the DSC library.

Maths

In year 7 maths, students will:

  • Explore Numbers
  • Investigate Statistics
  • Discover Geometry
  • Solve Equations
  • Examine Patterns
  • Inspect Measurement

You will also do a range of learning activities including games, textbook work, puzzles, rich problem solving tasks, presentations, group work, note-taking, quizzes, tests, educational films, investigative projects, posters, lectures, discussions and much more. You are also expected to do homework. An exam will be sat for Maths at the end of each semester.

Science

In Science, students learn how to use a Bunsen burner, work with measurement and experimental procedures, use computer animations of matter, investigate flight by building paper planes and do lots more fun activities.


The topics you will explore include:

  • Being a Scientist
  • Solids, Liquids & Gases
  • Mixtures
  • Classification
  • Forces
  • Earth and Space
  • Ecosystems

Humanities

Humanities is the study of mankind and how people shape the world they live in. In year 7, the subject of Humanities encompasses learning of History, Geography, Economics, and Civics and Citizenship.

In History we look at Ancient Australia and how our country came to be. In Geography we study different landforms and what it takes for a place to be 'liveable'. In Economics we look at personal finance, including budgeting. In Civics and Citizenship we study democracy and what it means to be a citizen of a community. 

Language

Students have an opportunity to learn either French or Japanese, which you will choose prior to enrolment. You will then study that language for one period a week throughout the year.

Year 7 French is an introduction to the French language and the French people as well as the study of language in general. You will learn to speak, read and write French. You will start to learn how languages work - we will look at the sound and structure of the language.

We will cover topics like personal details and pets, as well as learning the alphabet, numbers, and colours.

You will complete speaking, listening, reading and writing tasks, as well as games and activities designed to help you retain vocabulary and better understand the structure of the language. You will frequently use your computers, both in class and for homework.

Year 7 Japanese is an introduction to the Japanese language and Japanese culture as well as the study of language in general. You will learn to speak, read and write Japanese, with a focus on learning the Hiragana script.

We will cover topics like saying your name, age, animal, zodiac, address, telephone number, and nationality, as well as learning Hiragana and Kanji numbers to 100.

You will complete speaking, listening, reading and writing tasks, as well as games and activities designed to help you retain vocabulary and better understand the structure of the language. You will frequently use your computers, both in class and for homework.

Health and PE

Health and Physical Education aims to give you a better knowledge and understanding of warm-ups, major muscle groups, skill and safety. Health topics will include puberty development and health and sexuality, and drug education. You are expected to participate in practical sessions, and will be required to complete theory work that is relevant to your practical sessions. You must have your Physical Education uniform to change into for all practical sessions.

The practical areas that you will cover in PE include:

  • Athletics - Running, sprinting and long distance techniques, jumping and throwing events.
  • Swimming - Swimming survival and first aid.
  • Ball Handling - Skills such as throwing, catching and kicking. This leads to participation in modified games and then more commonly recognised sports.
  • Bat and racquet skills - Developing the skills to manipulate and co-ordinate these, along with the application of team work, strategy and tactics.

Technology

In technology you will study Product Design Technology for one semester and Food Technology for one semester.

Product Design Technology - You will be introduced to basic woodworking practices and other aspects of wood technology. You will be involved with investigating, designing, making and evaluating several projects. You will learn the correct way to use hand and power tools and develop safe work practices. Your projects may include; A Money Box, A Toy Boat and a Pencil Box.

Food Studies - Cooking is not simply about following recipes, in this subject you will:

  • Learn how to work safely and hygienically in the kitchen
  • Learn how to choose the right cooking equipment
  • Learn how to understand the language of recipes
  • Practice some useful cooking techniques
  • Plan, prepare and present a variety of recipes and foods
  • Look at what makes a healthy diet

Each week you will get to cook in one session, and learn lots of great stuff in the other session. For your cooking session you will need to bring along two tea towels and a food safe container to take home your finished product.

The Arts

In The Arts you will study Visual Arts for one semester and Performing Arts for one semester.

Visual Arts
In Art you will: learn line,tone, pattern, shape and texture; Work with paint, pencils, ink, paper and other equipment; Produce a folio of all of your work and keep a sketchbook/notebook of all of your ideas and notes about Art given to you by your teacher. Sometimes you will asked to do sketches for homework

Performing Arts
Performing Arts gives you the opportunity to experience the worlds of Drama and Music. You will have the opportunity to develop and present a number of performances incorporating the skills and techniques that you learn over the semester.

  • Drama - You will be given a basic introduction to the world of Drama, learning to manipulate your expressive skills to become an actor, working towards producing a play.
  • Music - Be creative with sound! Use classroom percussion instruments to compose and perform soundscapes, movie music, rap songs and other pieces. Listen to and discuss different types of music on CD and learn how to read and use music notation.

Students can also study Instrumental Music as an extracurricular subject.

A special Lifeskills unit is on offer to our Integration Students that may replace another unit of study. Speak to the Integration Coordinator about access to this.