2012 Year 9 Curriculum Guide - Brisbane State High School

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2012 Year 9 Curriculum Guide - Brisbane State High School

BRISBANE

STATE

HIGH

SCHOOL

Year 9 Curriculum Guide

2012


Contents – Year 9, 2012

The State High Curriculum

Learning Areas

Selecting Year 9 Semester Units

Opportunities for Extension and Enrichment

Learning Area English

Learning Area Health and Physical Education

Learning Area Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Area Languages

Learning Area Mathematics

Learning Area Science

Learning Area Technology

Learning Area The Arts


The State High Curriculum

Brisbane State High School has a diverse range of subjects that can be studied in Years 8 to 12. This is in part

a function of our size, but also a product of our commitment to meeting the learning needs of a diverse student

population with different strengths, areas of interest and future aspirations.

The foundations of the School’s academic curriculum which guide the teaching and learning at BSHS include:





Teaching, Learning and CurriculumStatement of Principles

Habits of Mind

The use of ICTs to support and enhance student understanding and

The development of students’ multi-literacies

In summary, we aim to create a curriculum structure that balances both student choice and our commitment to

producing well rounded individuals that participate well in broader society as young adults.

Learning Areas

There are eight Learning Areas (previously called KLAs or “Key” Learning Areas) around which our Year 8 and

9 Curriculum are structured.

These Learning Areas are:

English, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, Technology, Humanities

and Social Sciences, The Arts

In Years 8 and 9, students must choose at least one semester unit from each of these Learning Areas. Student

choice operates in two ways:



choosing subjects within a Learning Area

choosing the Learning Areas they wish to study as a Major

The subjects within each Learning Area in Years 8 and 9 are as follows:

Learning Area

Subjects available in the Learning Area

English

English, Aspire English

Health and Physical Education

Humanities and Social Sciences

Languages

Mathematics

Science

Technology

The Arts

Health and Physical Education

History, Geography, Aspire Humanities (History and

Geography)

French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek

Mathematics, Fast Track Mathematics, Aspire

Mathematics

Science, Fast Track Science, Aspire Science

Built environment and Engineering (BEE), Technology

Studies, Aspire Engineering, Business Studies, Digital

Art and Design (DAD), Information Technology

Dance, Digital Art and Design (DAD), Drama, Media,

Music, Visual Art, Aspire Visual Art


Selecting Year 9 Semester Units










A Learning Area can be undertaken as a Major or Minor study.

Subjects within each Learning Area are either two semester units in length (a Major study) or one semester

unit in length (a Minor study).

Students must select four Learning Areas to study for two semesters (a Major) and four Learning Areas to

study for one semester (a Minor).

Twelve semester units of study must be selected for the year.

English, Mathematics and Science must be studied for two semesters (Major) and one other Learning Area

must be selected to be studied for two semesters.

History must be studied by all students for one semester (Minor).

Aspire (Enrichment) subjects are two semesters in length and therefore can only be studied as a Major.

Not all semester units are available as a Major study – refer to the details provided in each Learning Area.

DAD (Digital Art and Design) can only be studied for one semester in the Arts and Technology (a Minor in

each Learning Area).

To ensure a deep understanding of a subject within a Learning Area, students are expected to continue a

subject from Year 8 into Year 9. Exceptions may be made only after discussion with the relevant Head(s) of

Department

Structure of the School Day




Brisbane State High School operates four 70 minute lessons each day.

Six subjects are studied in any one semester.

Each subject is timetabled for three 70 minute lessons each week.

8-12 Curriculum Framework

Year 8 and 9 students at Brisbane State High School study a curriculum set down by the Queensland Studies

Authority and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). The aim of the Year 8

and 9 Curriculum is to introduce students to a range of subjects, whilst allowing them to choose to study more in

subjects where they have more interest. In Years 10, 11 and 12 students study from Senior Syllabuses written

by the Queensland Studies Authority. Students at Brisbane State High School choose six subjects (or

equivalent) to achieve their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and receive an Overall Position (OP) for

tertiary entrance.

Year 9, 2012

Australian Curriculum

English

Maths

Science

History

Queensland Essential Learnings

Geography

The Arts

Languages

Technology

Health & Physical Education

Opportunities for Extension and Enrichment

Aspire Subjects

Brisbane State High School is proud of the high academic calibre of its students. In 2012, we are continuing to

offer an enrichment curriculum for students in which higher-order, creative and lateral thinking, pace, complexity

of challenge, appropriate degrees of independence and the development of the whole student are encouraged.

These Aspire subjects will be studied by students with an interest in developing their skills further in that area.

To be successful in these subjects, students will need to be:



highly motivated

able to commit to independent work


e interested in developing their creative and critical thinking skills.

Aspire subjects are considered a Major study in that Learning Area and as such, are studied for all of Year 9.

To ensure deep understanding of Aspire subjects, students are expected to continue an Aspire subject from

Year 8 into Year 9. Exceptions may be made only after discussion with the relevant Head(s) of Department.

Any vacancies that may exist in Year 9 Aspire subjects will be filled at the discretion of the relevant HoD.

Fast Track Mathematics and Science

Brisbane SHS also offers some students a fast track mathematics and/or science pathway. These unique

courses are designed for students who are exceptionally gifted and talented at mathematics and/or science and

culminates in students finishing their QSA requirements six months earlier. This allows them to study a

University maths and/or science subject, as part of their normal timetable. Students in both standard

mathematics/science and Aspire mathematics/science will be eligible for inclusion in the fast track programme.

These courses begin in Semester 2, Year 8.

Consolidation and Learning Support

For students experiencing some difficulty with their studies, the school provides support options through our

curriculum structure. In English and Mathematics, consolidation options are offered to students who are

struggling to pass these subjects and require more intensive support. Learning Support teachers will also

endeavour to meet the needs of learners requiring support by enrolling them in tutoring and extra tuition in class

time.

Habits of Mind

Habits of Mind, which develop thinking skills in students are a significant part of our academic program. For

Year 9 students, the Habits will be embedded into each subject they study. The Habits of Mind are a common

language to describe a rich range of different learning processes in which students should be involved.


Learning Area English

There are two choices for students in this Learning Area:

1. English

2. Aspire English

Both English subjects are two semester units (Major only).

1. English

In English, students use their imagination, creativity and world views to interpret and construct English texts that

share their ideas, analyse, persuade audiences and address issues and events in their own lives and

communities. They recognise how English relates to shared cultural understanding and to local, national and

global settings.

Year 9 2012 will follow the Australian Curriculum for English and is on the integrating ideas of ‘perceptions’ in

semester one and ‘discovery’ in semester two.

Year 9 English is comprised of the following strands:




Language

Literacy

Literature

Students will sit for the NAPLAN test in Year 9, and complete the Queensland Common Assessment Task

(QCAT) as part of their assessment program.

In English, students learn the following skills:






demonstrating and analysing the relationship between audience, subject matter, purpose and text type.

Identifying main ideas and the sequence of events, making inferences and drawing conclusions based

on their understanding of the reliability of ideas and information across texts.

Interpreting and analysing how language elements, including literal and figurative language, and other

aspects of text position readers, views and listeners.

Constructing literary and non-literary texts by planning and developing subject matter according to

specific text structure, and manipulating language elements to present particular points of view.

Making judgements and justifying opinions about how the qualities of texts contribute to enjoyment and

appreciation.

2. Aspire English

Centred on the idea of ‘connecting’, the Aspire English course involves significant student directed inquiry,

working towards illuminating a number of intertextual links utilised in contemporary and classic texts.

Understanding reader responses as well as the author’s intended meaning are central to this investigation. A

wide and varied reading program underpins Aspire English.

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 English:





Thinking interdependently

Taking responsible risks

Striving for accuracy and precision

Gathering data through all senses


Learning Area Health and Physical Education

Students use their interests in and experiences of health and physical activity issues to explore how the

dimensions of health are dynamic, interrelated and interdependent. They develop the knowledge, skills,

processes and dispositions to promote health and wellbeing, actively engage in physical activity and enhance

personal development.

In HPE students may choose one semester unit (Minor) or two semester units (Major)

To ensure deep understanding of a subject within a Learning Area, students are expected to continue a subject

from Year 8 into Year 9. Exceptions may be made only after discussion with the relevant Head(s) of Department

Year 9 Health and Physical Education is comprised of the following topics:

1. Alcohol

2. Sexual Health

3. Sports Injuries

4. Lifestyle Diseases

5. Training Program Design

Topics 4 and 5 are studies in a HPE Major only.

In HPE, students engage with the following practical domains:

1. Softball

2. Volleyball

3. Soccer

4. Basketball

5. Netball

6. Modified Rugby

7. Badminton

8. Gridiron

9. Water Polo

10. Indoor Sports

11. Athletics

12. Ultimate

Practical domains 7 – 12 are studied in a HPE Major only.

The following skills are incorporated into a study of HPE:










working in teams

library, internet and database research techniques

creating and communicating ideas and concepts through ICT’s

comprehending, analysing and evaluating from a variety of sources

synthesising information from a variety of sources and perspectives

forming arguments and hypotheses

writing paragraphs, essays and reports

create and perform movement sequences by manipulating and combining movement skills and applying

movement concepts

identify risks and devise and apply safe practices

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 HPE:



Thinking interdependently

Managing impulsivity


Learning Area Humanities and Social Sciences

History - Mandatory – one semester – (Minor)

There are three other choices for students in this Learning Area:

1. Geography - one semester unit (Minor only)

2. Humanities Major – consisting of one semester unit in both History and Geography

3. Aspire Humanities – History and Geography – two semester units (Major)

To ensure deep understanding of a subject within a Learning Area, students are expected to continue a subject

from Year 8 into Year 9. Exceptions may be made only after discussion with the relevant Head(s) of Department.

1. History

History is the study of people, events and place over time. A strong emphasis is made in this course in linking

events from the past with issues and developments of the present.

The course has been designed according to the Australian Curriculum: History for Year 9

Year 9 History is comprised of the following topics:

1. The Industrial Revolution

2. Asia and the World – India between 1750-1918

3. World War 1

In History, the following skills are learnt:





library, internet and database research techniques

use of historical terms and concepts

comprehending, analysing and evaluating primary and secondary sources

synthesising information from a variety of sources and perspectives

2. Geography

Year 9 Geography is comprised of the following topics:

1. Physical and Human characteristics of Australia

2. Natural Hazards – incorporating a study using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

3. Community study of South Brisbane

In Geography, the following skills are learnt:







analysing and interpreting data from graphs, tables, photos, maps and drawings

developing spatial literacy skills

creating digital maps with multiple layers in ArcView software package

writing paragraphs and reports

collecting and interpreting data in the field

using the geographic inquiry to develop an understanding of current issues.

3. Aspire Humanities – History and Geography

Based on the History and Geography courses listed above, this is a full-year enrichment course for students

with an interest in the Humanities and Social Sciences. There is a deeper understanding of course material than

would normally be the case, including an emphasis on higher-order thinking and the embedding of philosophical

approaches when dealing with challenging subject matter. The teaching approach is based around different


cooperative learning and decision-making strategies, including a heavy emphasis on using ICTs as a decisionmaking

and presentation tool.

In addition to the skills listed above, in Aspire Humanities the following skills are learnt:




using criteria to make decisions

evaluating issues, events and people from a variety of perspectives

designing solutions, alternatives and proposals

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 History:




Persisting

Questioning and problem solving

Finding humour

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 Geography:



Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision

Striving for accuracy and precision of gathered data through all senses


Learning Area Languages

There are five choices for students of Year 9 in this Learning Area:

1. French

2. German

3. Italian

4. Japanese

5. Modern Greek

Languages can be studied for one semester (Minor) or two semesters (Major).

To ensure deep understanding of a subject within a Learning Area, students are expected to continue a subject

from Year 8 into Year 9. Exceptions may be made only after discussion with the relevant Head(s) of Department.

Students who want to continue learning a language in Year 10 and/or Years 11 and 12 are strongly advised to

choose to do two semesters (Major) in that language in Year 9. This will mean that the language will be studied

in both semesters

Students who decide to do the minimum requirements for languages study will choose a one semester unit

(Minor) for Year 9 in the same language as that studied in Year 8. This subject will be studied in Semester 1,

2012.

It is possible to study more that one language in Year 9 if both languages were studied during Year 8.

The common elements of all Language courses offered at State High are:






a focus on the four skills of:

listening

speaking

reading

writing

integrating cultural understanding with language learning

an experience of the cuisine of the country

incorporate the latest ICTs to enhance language learning experiences

opportunities to interact with exchange students from the country

For all languages, the topics studies are drawn from the following:







Family and friends

Houses and homes

Expressing abilities and opinions

Leisure activities and daily routines

Going places, talking about weather, counting costs

Holidays and festivals

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 Languages:



Thinking about your thinking (Metacognition)

Being aware of one’s own understanding, thoughts, strategies, feelings and actions

Striving for accuracy and precision

A desire for exactness, fidelity and craftsmanship


Learning Area Mathematics

There are two choices for students in this Learning Area

1. Mathematics

2. Aspire Mathematics

Both Mathematics subjects are two semester units (Major only)

1. Mathematics

Mathematics in Year 9, 2012 will involve components of the National Curriculum for Mathematics.

Mathematics involves the study of the following five strands:

1. Chance and Data

2. Patterns and Algebra

3. Measurement

4. Number

5. Space

In Mathematics, the students learn the following skills and processes:





understanding and fluency with mathematical concepts

problem solving and investigation of mathematical scenarios

reasoning and communicating ideas in a variety of ways

using technology to aid mathematical skill

2. Aspire Mathematics

The teaching approach of this subject will suit more capable Maths students through the increased use of selfdirected

work and complex problem-solving tasks. There will be a heavy reliance on technology to develop

mathematical concepts.

Aspire Mathematics involves the study of the following four strands:

1. Number and algebra

2. Measurement and geometry

3. Statistics and probability

4. Discrete mathematics

In Aspire Mathematics, students learn the following skills and processes:






building robust knowledge of adaptable and transferable mathematical concepts

making connections between related concepts

confidence to develop new ideas and apply them mathematically

problem solving, including the formation of models to simulate real life scenarios

development of abstract reasoning and logical thought

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 Mathematics:





Remaining open to continuous learning

Applying past knowledge to new situations

Thinking flexibly

Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision


Learning Area Science

There are two choices for students in this Learning Area:

1. Science

2. Aspire Science

Science is a two semester unit (Major only).

1. Science

In Science, students actively involved in investigations about the world using scientific inquiry methods including

questioning, planning and conducting experiments. They engage in investigations based on collecting and

analysing data, evaluating results, communication results and drawing critical, evidence-based conclusions.

Students develop their scientific understanding via contexts that highlight the historical, and cultural

components of science as well as contemporary issues and activities.

In Year 9 Science, the learning experiences of students will centre on the curriculum focus of explaining

phenomena involving science and its applications.

The course will engage the students in the exploration in the exploration of the overarching ideas of patterns

order and organisation, form and function, stability and change, matter and energy, systems and scale and

measurement.

Year 9 Science is comprised of the following term unit:

1. A Changing Environment

2. Reacting Matter

3. Balancing My Life

4. Moving through Materials

The following Science Inquiry skills are incorporated into the Year 9 Science course:






Planning and conducting

Processing and analysing data

Processing information

Evaluating

Communicating

2. Aspire Science

This enrichment course has been developed for students who have a passion for science and inquiry.

Building on the course work of the science course, students will be challenged to develop their science inquiry

skills, higher order thinking skills and evidence based decision making strategies. As part of the enrichment

section of the course, students will engage in an extended project that requires them to pose questions,

formulate a testable hypothesis, plan and conduct an investigation, analyse and interpret the evidence and

communicate their findings and ideas in a scientifically appropriate and ICT rich method.

The teaching strategies utilised in the delivery of this course acknowledges science as a human endeavour, and

will foster collaborative laboratory and research skills.

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 Science:




Responding with wonderment and awe

Thinking flexibly

Creating, imaging and innovating


Learning Area Technology

There are 6 choices for students in this Learning Area:

One semester unit (Minor) or two semester units (Major)

1. Built Environment and Engineering (BEE)

2. Technology Studies

3. Aspire Engineering (two semesters - Major only)

One semester unit (Minor only)

4. Business Studies

5. Information Technology

6. Digital Art and Design (Taken over 2 semesters as a minor in Technology and a minor in The Arts)

To ensure deep understanding of a subject within a Learning Area, students are expected to continue a subject

from Year 8 into Year 9. Exceptions may be made only after discussion with the relevant Head(s) of Department.

1. Built Environment and Engineering

This subject focuses on two contexts if studied as a major study:

1. ‘Built Environment,’ refers to the indoor and outdoor space that has been structurally changed by human

action.

2. ‘Engineering’ or production graphics refers to the study of engineering principles in relation to an

engineered product or designed artefact.

Context one will focus on the ‘Built Environment’ to design a sustainable house. Students will apply industry

practice and industry standard CAD software as an architect would in real life.

If enrolled as a major, context two focuses on ‘Engineering’ graphics. Students will use industry-standard 3D

modelling software to create drawings, photo realistic renderings, animations and apply Finite Element analysis

(structural strength analysis) testing to their engineered product.

In Built Environment and Engineering the following skills are learnt:




Designing buildings in CAD and creating context based design folios

Planning - investigating and research techniques, interpreting, sketching ideas and communicating

Refinement - critical thinking to problem solve, optimising and evaluating a design

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 Built Environment and Engineering:



Creating, imaging and innovating

Persisting

2. Technology Studies

Technology studies focuses on the development of manual, electronic and technological skills in the designing

and manufacturing of products in timber, metal, plastics, composites and textiles.

Students expand their capabilities as confident, critical and creative designers and users of technology.

Year 9 Technology Studies is comprised of the following topics:

1. The Design Process

2. Properties of Materials

3. Applied Mathematics

4. Computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) utilising a CNC lathe,

programmable router and / or laser cutter (only in a Major study)


In Technology, the following skills are learnt:






Sketching and /or formally drawing design solutions

Safe use of machine, hand and power tools in accordance with OH&S

Metal manipulation, timber joining, shaping and finishing

Plastic thermoforming and solvent bonding

Design and documentation of the design process using ICT

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 Technology Studies:


Striving for accuracy and precision

3. Aspire Engineering

Aspire Engineering builds on lateral, creative and higher-order by delving into all facets of Engineering in realworld

contexts. Students will participate in the Re-Engineering Australia Formula 1 in schools competition to

compete with students from other schools. This tournament could eventually enable a group of students to

participate internationally.

A variety of delivery mediums will be utilised in order to create an environment where creative thinking and

problem solving is encouraged. The use of guided practical and theoretical activities, design tasks and group

work is integral to the program. Higher order thinking will be evident in the design process, ways of thinking

(working), robotic programming and mathematical problem solving required for all classroom activities.

Study topics will include:

1. Manufacturing Engineering

2. Infomechatronics Engineering

3. Mechanical Engineering

4. Civil Engineering.

In Aspire Engineering the following skills are learnt:









Analysing CATIA Engineering design software;

Utilising CATIA to conduct testing of structures, displacements, aerodynamics and human modelling;

Create a CNC program for Denford router as part of the CAD/CAM process

Deciphering basic and intermediate electronics and programming

Design and manufacture an item that requires electronics and utilises the CAD/CAM process

Creating NXT engineering robotics projects

Conduct structural analysis of their Formula 1design utilising CATIA

Analysing and testing of materials

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 Aspire Engineering


Taking responsible risks

4. Business Studies

This unit provides students with the opportunity of exploring how the decision making process within Australian society

works. Students will investigate and analyse personal investment opportunities available and the unique purchasing

practices of young people.

Year 9 Business Studies comprises of the following topics:







Australian legal and political system

Consumer awareness and protection

Active citizenship from the perspective of local and global issues

Purchasing practices and power of young people

E business for the consumer

Advanced spreadsheeting

In Business Studies, students learn the following skills


Researching and analysing data, information and evidence from primary and secondary data


Reflecting on learning, by evaluating and justifying position taken

Writing paragraphs and reports with a view to an intended audience

Interpreting, analysing, synthesising and evaluating information from a range of business contexts

The Habit of Mind for Year 9 Business:


Thinking Flexibility

5. Information Technology

This unit allows students to design, develop and evaluate advanced websites for individual clients through the use of

case studies. The students develop independent study and evaluative techniques through the self-paced unit with

teacher-guided assistance in technical elements of industry standard software. Students evaluate and reflect on their

websites considering industry requirements.

Year 9 Information Technology comprises of the following topics:

1. Web design using Dreamweaver

2. Incorporation of animated images into websites.

In Information Technology, students learn the following skills





Creative thinking in planning, producing and evaluating original web site

Research and evaluation of websites

Creating original web sites

Critical thinking and problem solving techniques to manipulate the software package

The Habit of Mind for Year 9 Information Technology:


Creating, imagining and innovating

6. Digital Art and Design (DAD)

Refer to “The Arts” section of the book.


Learning Area The Arts

There are seven choices for students in this Learning Area:

One semester unit (Minor) or two semester units (Major)

1. Drama

2. Music

3. Visual Art

One semester unit (Minor only)

4. Dance

5. Media

6. Digital Art and Design (Taken over 2 semesters as a minor in Visual Art and a minor in Technology)

Two semester units (Major only)

7. Aspire Visual Art

To ensure deep understanding of a subject within a Learning Area, students are expected to continue a subject

from Year 8 into Year 9. Exceptions may be made only after discussion with the relevant Head(s) of Department.

1. Drama

In Drama practice, students further explore a range of dramatic forms and styles through practical activities.

Students will further study forming (making of drama), presenting and responding (in written and oral forms).

Students will participate in improvisations and practical activities serving to introduce the foundations of the

actor’s and dramatist’s craft.

Year 9 Drama is comprised of the following topics:

1. The Elements of Drama

2. Physical Theatre activities – non text-based activities

3. Skills of performance – particularly in movement

4. Writing scripts and playbuilding

5. Creation of a dramatic event for a real audience

(Topic 5 is studied in a Drama Major only)

In Drama, students develop the following skills and processes:









the Elements of Drama

improvisational techniques

creating believable characterisation

use of voice, movement, space, focus etc

exploring a range of theatrical forms, styles and contexts

reading, analysing and performing scripts

reflecting upon performance and process in written and oral forms

working in groups


2. Music

In Music practice, students will participate in activities designed to introduce the skills of aural and visual

analysis, singing and playing and reading and writing of music. Students will participate in solo and small group

vocal performance, composition activities, study music vocabulary and notation and generally explore a variety

of musical genre.

Students of instrumental music will further extend their skills of performance and other students will have

access to classroom instruments including keyboards, guitars and voice.

Year 9 Music is comprised of the following topics:

1. The Elements of Music

2. Performing repertoire, including vocal activities

3. Music for the theatre, e.g. musicals and rock operas

4. Student-devised composition

5. Analysis of studied pieces

6. Aural notation and score reading

7. Creating music and performing for a real event and audience

(Topic 7 is studied in a Music Major only)

In Music, students develop the following skills and processes:








the performance of relevant repertoire in class (solo and small group)

identifying and reproducing rhythms

notating music

composing music on the pentatonic, major and minor scales with corresponding chord progression

using studied music vocabulary and notation and reading scores

analysing studied pieces

aurally notate and perform melodies and rhythms

3. Visual Art

In studio practice, students explore a range of traditional art mediums and develop a diverse folio of work. They

also learn to write about art and develop skills of critical analysis and interpretation. Visual Art classes take

advantage of their proximity to the Southbank cultural precinct by taking part in regular visits to exhibits.

Year 9 Visual Art is comprised of the following topics:

1. Art and the Environment

2. Art and Narrative

(Topic 2 is studied in a Visual Art Major only)

In Visual Art, students develop the following skills and processes:





studio practice in drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking and electronic imaging

digital photography and PhotoShop

designing multimodal presentations

analysing and evaluating artworks and writing analytical essays with a research component


4. Dance

In Dance practice, students further explore a range of dance forms and styles through practical and theoretical

activities. Students will further study choreography, performance and appreciation. They will create dances,

perform dances which are either teacher or student devised and will reflect upon dances and dance elements in

written and oral form.

Year 9 Dance is comprised of the following topics:

1. The functions of dance: ritual, social and artistic

2. Contemporary dance performance

3. Ritual dance and choreography of a ritual dance

4. Social dance and appreciation of social dance

5. Students will devise and perform dance works for a real audience

In Dance, students develop the following skills and processes:

1. the Elements of Dance

2. safe dance practices

3. choreographic processes

4. performance techniques

5. appreciation model for reviewing Dance

5. Media

In Media, students will further explore a variety of media languages (including newspapers, film, television and

radio) through practical and written work. Students will further study the key components of the subject:

constructing media, producing meaning and responding to meanings. They will explore the impact of target

audiences and marketing in media in making their own media products.

Year 9 Media is comprised of the following topics:

1. The Elements of Media

2. Marketing formats and genre conventions

3. Constructing and deconstructing audience influence

4. Constructing a radio station design portfolio

In Media, students develop the following skills and processes:







Interpreting the Elements of Media

analysing media languages

creative and technical skills pertinent to television, film, radio etc

survey, interview and research skills

a selection of media ICTs

reflecting upon media products in written and oral forms

6. Digital Art and Design (DAD)

Please note: Places into this course are strictly limited. This is a continuing course from year 8 and students

should complete the 4 semester integrated Arts and Technology course. Opting in or out of this course will

require an interview with Visual Art Head of Department.

Students will explore innovative methods of integrating visual art concepts with technology and new media

focussing on the creation of artwork for the contemporary digital age.

Year 9 DAD is comprised of the following topics:

1. 2D & 3D Animation (including Adobe Flash)


2. Video and audio editing and short film creation

3. Project based learning for an identified audience

In DAD, students develop the following skills:







problem-solving through creating multimedia products for authentic purposes

research and evaluate a range of digital art models

conducting a planning process using design ideation

analysing and evaluating artworks and writing critical essays

designing multimodal presentations

studio practice in drawing, painting and mixed media

7. Aspire Visual Art

The Visual Art Aspire subject aims to extend students by providing them with opportunities to use and apply

creative thinking and problem solving techniques. The program will incorporate an inquiry learning model

through the four phases of research, development, resolution and reflection.

Studio work will encompass the traditional fine art practice of painting, printmaking, drawing and ceramics, as

well as contemporary information and communication technologies. Whilst the work will be teacher-directed,

there will be opportunities for individual negotiation and independent research particularly around thematic

aspects of learning activities. Projects will have an element of collaboration in at least one of the four learning

phases.

The students will be involved in developing some online resources that will be accessible by other students (eg

in a ‘junior critic’ role). This is a unique opportunity offered exclusively to our school for students in this program.

This has been negotiated with the Queensland Art Gallery. The students will have an important role in

collaborating with QAG staff to help deliver their education resources to their target audience of young people.

Our students will have access to lecture theatres and other ‘behind the scenes’ resources as part of this

partnership.

Students taking part in the Aspire program will enjoy a special relationship and privileges with QAG and GOMA

as part of regular class visits and a variety of learning experiences that promote an appreciation of art and the

role of the artist in society.

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 Performing Arts:



Thinking interdependently

Persisting

The Habits of Mind for Year 9 Visual Art:



Thinking interdependently

Applying past knowledge to new situations

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