The Year 7 & 8 curriculum at Lakes Entrance Secondary College develops a common set of knowledge and skills required by all students to become life-long learners.
This is achieved by providing a curriculum that has been mapped against the skills and knowledge each student will need as they move into the later years of schooling and ultimately further education and employment. The program offered in Years 7 and 8 has been designed to meet the diverse educational needs of all of our students and to provide them with stimulating and valuable learning experiences both within the classroom and in extra-curricula activities.
Over the two years, students will gain experience in a range of studies within each of The Victorian Curriculum learning areas. This will provide them with a sound basis for their continuing studies. Students study the following subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Health/Physical Education, The Arts and Technology. In The Arts and Technology subjects mediums/materials are studied on rotation throughout the year.
Our English curriculum aims to ensure that students:
- learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
- appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
- understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
- develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.
Our Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that students:
- are confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens
- develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with processes, and are able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability
- recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discipline to study.
Our Science curriculum aims to ensure that students develop:
- an interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live
- an understanding of the vision that science provides of the nature of living things, of the Earth and its place in the cosmos, and of the physical and chemical processes that explain the behaviour of all material things
- an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods, including questioning; planning and conducting experiments and investigations based on ethical principles; collecting and analysing data; evaluating results; and drawing critical, evidence-based conclusions
- an ability to communicate scientific understanding and findings to a range of audiences, to justify ideas on the basis of evidence, and to evaluate and debate scientific arguments and claims
- an ability to solve problems and make informed, evidence-based decisions about current and future applications of science while taking into account ethical and social implications of decisions
- an understanding of historical and cultural contributions to science as well as contemporary science issues and activities and an understanding of the diversity of careers related to science
- a solid foundation of knowledge of the biological, chemical, physical, Earth and space sciences, including being able to select and integrate the scientific knowledge and methods needed to explain and predict phenomena, to apply that understanding to new situations and events, and to appreciate the dynamic nature of science knowledge.
Humanities: History & Geography
Our History curriculum aims to ensure that students develop:
- interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens
- knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society
- understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability
- capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in the analysis and use of sources, and in explanation and communication.
Our Geography curriculum aims to ensure that students develop:
- the ability to identify and collect evidence from
- primary sources through fieldwork
- secondary sources, including maps at a variety of scales, photographs, satellite images, statistical data
- information and communications technology based resources
- the ability to record, represent and interpret data in different types of maps, graphs, tables, sketches, diagrams and photographs.
Health & Physical Education
Our Health & Physical Education curriculum aims to ensure that students develop:
- knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to achieve a degree of autonomy in developing and maintaining their physical, mental, social and emotional health
- an understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity in the lives of individuals and groups in our society.
The Arts & Technology
Our Arts curriculum aims to ensure that students develop:
- skills and the exploration of technologies, forms and processes through single and multimodal forms
- ideas that cross the gamut of human emotions and moods through holistic learning using cognitive, emotional, sensory, aesthetic, kinaesthetic and physical fields
- the ability to create and critically explore visual culture in contemporary and traditional genres, and works that involve the fusion of traditional forms with digital media
- the ability to communicate their perceptions, observations and understanding of structures, functions and concepts drawn from other areas of the curriculum.
Our Technology curriculum aims to ensure that students develop:
- posing problems and actively identifying needs, wants, opportunities and areas for improvement
- gathering information and building knowledge about the nature of needs, wants, opportunities and areas for improvement and the best routes to take towards designing a solution
- developing and using design and technology skills, knowledge and processes, including proposing, experimenting, learning from results and synthesising, to create new and/or improved products and/or systems
- using tools, equipment, materials/ingredients and systems components safely and creatively to make quality products and/or systems
- understanding that design, creativity and technology leads to innovation
- assessing the outcomes of design and technology processes, and the resulting products and technological systems in relation to environmental, social and economic factors.