In Year 8, the curriculum seeks to consolidate and build on learning from Year 7. The Humanities are studied as separate disciplines of History and Geography in Year 8. In addition, Year 8 students are introduced to two new Technologies subjects: Design Technology (Textiles) and Food Technology.
In Year 8, students complete a program comprising of:
Religious Education, English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Health & Physical Education, Art, Music, Drama, Food Technology, Design Technology and Languages. Students have a choice as to which language they wish to continue studying.
Small group tuition is offered to Year 8 students who would benefit from additional literacy skill development. In Year 8, Learning Enhancement may be undertaken instead of a Language by selected students.
All Year 8 students are in homeroom groups for Religious Education, English, Maths, Science and Health & Physical Education.
YEAR 8 LEARNING AREA DAYS
Several learning areas offer a special enrichment activity day. The aim of these days is to enhance interest in the particular learning area and to extend the depth of knowledge in a topic within that area. The ‘lessons’ throughout the day are outside the regular classroom to facilitate a fresh approach to learning and assessment. Such days include Medieval Day for History and Coastal Landforms fieldwork for Geography. In addition, the Year 8 City Experience Week provides an opportunity to develop Victorian Curriculum Capabilities: critical and creative thinking, personal and social, inter-cultural, and ethical.
Continuous monitoring of students’ learning is a vital aspect of education. Students undertake a variety of coursework that develops their skills and knowledge. Assessment tasks are graded from A+ to E/UG. Online continuous reporting ensures that students and parents have access to assessment task grades and feedback in real time.
The semester report produced at the end of each semester provides a summative indication of each student’s achievement according to the Victorian Curriculum standards.