The Year 7 curriculum is a coherent program designed to help students make the transition from primary school to secondary school with ease.
In Year 7, students complete a common and comprehensive course aimed at providing them with an introduction to all areas of the curriculum.
Assessment is ongoing. All work contributes towards the learning. The formal semester report, which is issued at the end of each semester, indicates the level at which the student performs for each subject.
The aim of Year 7 Religious Education is to provide all Avila College students with a broad understanding of Christian beliefs and practices in the Catholic tradition. Students learn how special events such as Easter and Christmas are celebrated, how Christians pray and about characters and stories from the bible. The Religious Education program is based on the Archdiocese of Melbourne’s guidelines and utilises the text To Know, Worship and Love. Students study a range of units from the Content Strands of: Scripture and Jesus; Church and Community; God, Religion and Life; Prayer, Liturgy and Sacraments; and Morality and Justice.
Pathways to Avila
Students discover the history of Avila College, when it was founded and by whom. They study the Presentation Sisters and their founder Nano Nagle, then research Teresa of Avila and learn how her life shapes what we do here at Avila College.
The Liturgical Year
Students learn the seasons, holy days, symbols and colours of the Catholic liturgical year.
Old Testament Stories
In this unit students develop a foundation understanding of the history and story of the Bible. They become familiar with the types of literature in the Bible (myth, proverbs, poetry, parables), with a focus on the key people in the Old Testament.
Jesus in the New Testament
In this unit students learn and demonstrate an understanding of the life of Jesus. Students explore the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Letters and the Book of Revelation. They pinpoint key events in the gospels that exemplify the qualities of Jesus. They identify reasons why faith inspires people to contribute to the mission of the Church.
Advent is the preparation for the birth of Jesus and the celebration of Christmas. This unit provides an introduction to the religious history, symbols and meaning of Christmas.
Avila’s Religious Education program is developed around the pillars of the head, the heart and the hand. The head component requires students to develop an understanding of faith and what it means to them. The heart aspect refers to the ability to empathise, and to be caring and compassionate, whilst the hand element refers to students’ participation in social justice programs by volunteering to help those less fortunate.
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All students study English as a core subject. The English curriculum is built around three interrelated strands of: Language, Literature and Literacy. Together the strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Year 7 English enables opportunities for extension and further experiences with guest author presentations.
• Students engage with the various features of language that support meaning. • Students explore the ways in which choices about language features shape meaning in texts. • Students learn about the ways that language patterns contribute to the distinctive nature of the overall organisation and shape of a text.
• Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. • Students explore a range of text types including spoken, written and multimodal texts. • Students read and explore literary texts and use these as models for their own writing.
• Students explore the ways in which vocabulary, text structures and language features impact on meaning. • Students comprehend and interpret texts in a range of ways. • Students understand how the selection of language features can be used for particular purposes and effects.
Humanities at Year 7 involves a semester each of Geography and History, with elements of Economics and Business integrated throughout the year. When studying Geography students investigate liveable places and water as a resource. Students develop skills in observing, recording and evaluating as well as communicating findings, arguments and ideas. The History component explores the Ancient Past through the study of the civilisations of Ancient China, and the Mediterranean world. Students develop skills in questioning and research, analysis and interpretation of historic documents and events. .
All students in Year 7 study Mathematics. The major content and processes of Mathematics are grouped into the following strands:
- Number and Algebra
- Measurement and Geometry
- Statistics and Probability
The Mathematics course builds on skills developed in primary school. In particular, teachers consolidate basic mathematical skills and introduce students to a range of new concepts.
Students are required to complete regular homework including practice exercises, problem solving and regular revision. Students are encouraged to participate in the Australian Maths Competition, the Maths Talent Quest and the Australasian Maths Olympiad. Each student is also able to use mathsonline, the interactive text and avilamaths.com to reinforce and improve her number and problem solving skills.
Students participate in a Maths Activities Day during which they apply their mathematical skills to real life settings.
All students study Health and Physical Education in Year 7.
The Year 7 unit is designed so that our students:
- develop an understanding of physical, social and emotional health factors
- identify health related services in the Avila community and the wider community that may be used to overcome health concerns
- identify the health concerns of young people and some strategies that are designed to improve their health
- identify physical, social and emotional changes that occur during puberty
- respond to the physical changes occurring with appropriate hygiene and personal management techniques
- investigate the effects of smoking.
- develop basic aquatic skills and apply these in water safety scenarios
- develop the knowledge and skills that promote participation in physical activity
- perform and modify movement sequences that demonstrate coordinated actions of the body
Students participate in practical units throughout the year, with Health theory sessions introduced in the second semester.
Students engage in individual and team activities which include the following complex skills:
- Flight and Landing
All students study Science in Year 7 in line with the Victorian Curriculum. Year 7 students begin the year looking at the nature of Science where the students are introduced to the procedures and equipment used in a science laboratory. The content is drawn from the four disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics. The course is activity based and focuses on students developing their understanding of the scientific method through involvement in designing and implementing authentic scientific investigations.
Year 7 units include: • Nature of Science • Diversity (Classification) • Astronomy • Mixtures • Forces • Matter • Living in Harmony (including Energy, Water and Ecology)
During the year, students also participate in field work at a local wetland and a visit by Cosmodome.
All students in Year 7 study Art, Drama and Music as part of the Arts learning area. In each of these subjects the students are encouraged to be active participants. The courses are designed in such a way that students who have a talent in an area are encouraged to develop their skills and excel. At the same time, each course is designed to accommodate the learning needs of students for whom this is a new experience.
In Year 7, students examine historical and contemporary artworks and experience practical areas using a range of media such as pencil, paint, charcoal, ink and clay. They explore ideas and starting points for artworks in their visual diary and experiment with additional techniques and processes such as print-making, collage and three-dimensional constructions. Students learn to analyse and evaluate the work of professional artists as well as their own creative artworks.
Students working with clay in the Ceramics Room
Year 7 Drama is compulsory for all students. Contact time is two 80-minute lessons per week for one semester. This course offers students a number of introductory acting activities including improvisation, play script interpretation, drama games, role-play, and student script writing. Students rehearse and present drama material in groups. Apart from acquiring skills in acting, communication and problem-solving, students in Year 7 Drama also gain important life skills such as confidence and self-esteem.
Year 7 students are also welcome to attend Junior Drama Club on Monday lunchtimes during Terms 1, 2 and 3. At Junior Drama Club, the Drama Captains in Years 9–12 run drama games and other fun activities to help boost students’ confidence at school. The Junior Drama Club also contributes an item for the annual Creative Arts Festival. Junior Drama Club is always a very popular lunchtime activity for Year 7 girls at Avila College.
A student’s perspective:
I would recommend Drama as a subject to people who like to express their self in different ways and who have a creative mind. If you like acting and you would like to learn heaps more about how to act, this would be the perfect subject for you. In Drama, you have so much fun. You do lots of different activities such as script reading, improvising, group work and solo work. In Drama you don’t just learn how to act, you learn how to read a script. Drama helps you to be more confident with public speaking and how to be a different character. You also learn how to use different emotions and expressions. It helps you become better in many other subjects and you learn by having fun.
Year 7 Student
All students study music for one semester in Year 7. During the semester, they learn to play an orchestral instrument and take part in small group lessons with a specialised instrumental teacher. After the group lesson, the students come together to form a class ensemble, performing a selection of works as a band. At the culmination of the semester, each class performs a short concert. During the semester, students also have the option of joining the Concert Band and String Orchestra to further enhance their instrumental experience and are actively encouraged to further their instrumental skills through individual lessons in the extra-curricular music program offered at the school.
In the Year 7 Music Classroom ‘Learn An Orchestral Instrument’ Program Performance students also listen to and analyse works from a range of styles. They develop an appreciation and understanding of music.
French, Indonesian, Italian In Year 7 students are introduced to two out of the three languages (French, Indonesian, Italian) offered at Avila College. One of the languages studied in Year 7 is selected before commencing at the College and the other language is allocated to the student by the College. Each language is studied for one semester. With the benefit of an introduction to two different languages, students are then well placed to make an informed decision about which language they will continue to study throughout Years 8 and 9.
The units of work, comprising fun activities, cultural projects and mini tests, allow the students to appreciate different cultures and become familiar with the study of foreign languages. Students do not have a set text for these units and use Language Perfect for vocabulary building.
Language Role Plays
Language Perfect World Championships
Annually our students take part in the Language Perfect World Championships. It is a world world wide competition in language vocabulary learning.
Digital Technologies Students are familiarised with the software on their laptops and with the ICT facilities at Avila. Students use the iLife and iWork suites on their MacBook computers.
Skill development in the basic Office suite of programs (Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Presentation software) occurs. Students examine
techniques for effective and safe use of the Internet and email. Some graphics and multimedia tools to assist visual and creative thinking are explored. Our aim is for the students to be able to make effective and safe use of their laptops as a learning tool.