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Year 7 Handout 2011

Year 7 Handout 2011

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Year 7, 2011: Information for Parents

The TAS Middle School curriculum offers a rich, challenging and stimulating programme designed to generate an enthusiasm for learning as a lifelong process. Students need to be challenged by offering them an array of learning circumstances, by setting high standards and by providing opportunities for students to be responsible and accountable for their learning. We believe that we will achieve this goal by providing a demanding, adventurous and wellbalanced curriculum.
The academic programme of Year 7 is based on NSW Board of Studies Stage 4 (years 7-8) curriculum. In all classes, there is a strong emphasis on the development of written and oral communication, nurturing in each student confidence, independence, critical-thinking and inquiry skills.

In Year 7,8, and 9 students are to be divided into Extension classes for Mathematics, English, HSIE and Science. These classes will have a faster pace of instruction and also a different style of instruction. The aim is to offer ALL students an appropriately paced curriculum while allowing for greater depth in the exploration of issues, themes and ideas across the curriculum. Extension classes will be challenging and require maximum effort and engagement.

We encourage parents to contact us to find our more about your son’s progress. You can contact me at any time by calling the school on (02) 6776-5800 or by email: cbarnsle@as.edu.au You can also find out more by: • reading the class wiki which has a detailed overview of each unit of work for every subject http://teams.as.edu.au/groups/ 07englishbarnsley2011/ •encourage your child to discuss their work posted on their online portfolio with you http://mahara.as.edu.au/group/ view.php?id=1 •regularly checking your son’s diary where prep is recorded along with messages for parents and guardians • Reading TAS Talks, which is published every Wednesday. It is available by email, school website or in hard-copy format

Art Christian Development English HSIE French Japanese Mathematics Music Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) French Philosophy Science Technology

By Year 7, most children are starting to become a little more independent. While encouraging this independence is important, it is equally important to recognise that young people of this age still require plenty of help to organise themselves. This is why the homeroom structure of TAS Middle School is so important as is the partnership between students, parents and teachers.


Etienne Gilson . Regular reading and revision of key concepts is a key way that students can build in their skills. What are we trying to achieve? Year 7 is an important year during which students will develop their literacy skills (reading. to reflect on their successes and learn from their mistakes.ENGLISH & HSIE 2011 What is the English unit called? The first unit of study in Year 7 English (B) is called "Me. How can you assist your child? You can assist your child by asking questions about work they are doing in class and getting your son to show you his work on the class website. students will answer the question: "what makes me who I am?" Students will explore: · what an autobiography is and the difference between autobiography and biography · how writers draw on their own knowledge. In History. During each unit. During the unit. We use a range of assessment strategies that meet the diverse needs of students and encourage creative and critical thinking. Students will also explore a number of different genres including science fiction and mystery writing. including analytical and creative writing. Regularly reading to your child or having him read to you is an important way to help create an environment where wide reading and literacy development is encouraged. writing. experiences. It is also vital that students develop regular study patterns that will prepare them for success in senior high school. motives. They will also share their developing understanding of concepts and literary forms and features in visual and oral tasks. What are we looking at in this Unit? The first unit in Year 7 is a study of autobiography and will provide students with opportunities to write about their own lives and their goals for the future. Assessments are designed to allow students develop their thinking and communication skills. Myself and I". students will practise writing more in-depth responses as well as revising basic spelling. We will explore the following questions: • How do historians investigate the past? • Why is conserving our heritage important? The aim of this Stage 4 History is to introduce students to aspects of world history. How will we measure success in each unit? Students' success will be measured by their ability to understand and write about a range of different types of texts. Where does prep ‘fit in’? Prep is a vital part of the learning process and it is important that students complete all homework tasks in preparation for major assessments and classroom activities. viewing and responding) and will be introduced to a range of writing styles. students will develop a range of historical skills including being able to: • sequence events within the specific period of time • use historical terms and concepts in appropriate contexts • identify primary and secondary sources • distinguish between fact and opinion • examine the actions. values and attitudes of people from the past • draw conclusions about the usefulness of sources for an historian • identify perspectives of different individuals and groups. thoughts and feelings · timelines and family trees · the difference between 1st and 3rd person narrative · that both fiction and non-fiction can be written in 1st or 3rd person · what is meant by 2nd person · what is meant by inferring meaning/inference and perspective · the origins and meanings of several words · the significance of people’s stories and autobiographies The unit will also include an exploration of different learning styles and students will learn to evaluate how they learn. In assessment tasks. What is the first HSIE (History) unit called? The first History unit is called “What is History?” and will be followed by a study of Ancient China. . including the contribution of past societies to our understanding of the present. discuss their strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies for improving their own learning outcomes. What are we looking at in this unit? This topic introduces the nature of History and the methods used by historians to investigate the past. our aim is to provide students with opportunities to take risks and to extend themselves intellectually and emotionally. History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought. grammar and punctuation. Students will focus on the use of primary and secondary sources to gather evidence to answer questions about the past and to understand historical and heritage issues. Students should begin to comprehend and express themselves in the particular language of History.

age or disability ROUND SQUARE Empowering youth to become committed responsible global citizens. There is an annual Junior conference (available to Years 7 and 8) hosted by a regional school for around 4 days.. Adventure. but we make a life by what we give. It is an association of schools that share a commitment.COMMUNITY SERVICE Students in Middle School are encouraged to perform 20 hours of Community Service a year. Winston Churchill recorded in their diary. junior school functions. reflection and personal growth and provides an avenue to secure real friendships between students and schools. Our students return from exchange with new perspectives on society. Students’ commitment to Community Service is an important aspect of their learning and helps them develop a greater sense of self-worth and confidence by helping others and developing links with the wider community. spiritually and physically. They are also enriched by the inflow of exchange visitors who bring with them the views and values of other cultures. It is based on the educational philosophy of Dr Kurt Hahn who was associated with Salem in Germany and Gordonstoun in Scotland. There are a range of programmes that are organised by the school including: •Red Cross Calling •Clean Up Australia •Relay for Life •Round Square service projects or •internal projects such as table waiting at formal dinners and fundraisers.. This is then transferred to the school database.the oxymoron that unites 60 international schools. . He believed that an individual's potential could be realised by an all-round education which extended the student intellectually. completes a service component and allows time for group discussion on various issues. Internationalism Democracy Environment Adventure Leadership Service Round Square. Leadership and Service. to personal development and responsibility through service. adventure and international understanding. Some requirements include that: •The student must volunteer •The student must NOT receive money to complete the task •The Community must benefit NOT an individual or business •Community service may be assistance given to those who are unable to complete a task due to illness. beyond academic excellence. junior. education and the world. Students are also strongly encouraged to devise their own community service projects and participation is recorded each term by the homeroom teachers. The six pillars of Round Square are International Understanding. There is also time for socialising. Each conference addresses a theme. TAS joined the Round Square in 1998 and is now a very active member. Students must have their service approved and We make a living by what we get. Our students enjoy the benefits derived from attending. Democracy. car parking. regional and international conferences. Environment. challenge.

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