Year 7 English and Maths Program
We are implementing new ways of delivering the curriculum at Year 7 in the Learning Areas of Mathematics and English.
We aim to:
- differentiate the delivery of the curriculum in a more systematic way.
- increase engagement in Year 7 English and Mathematics by encouraging student voice and student partnership with teachers in setting, undertaking and reflecting upon learning goals.
- increase collaboration between teachers and ensure collective responsibility for the development and implementation of the curriculum.
In Year 7 English and Mathematics, four teachers are allocated to three classes of students. The classes are divided into four reporting groups. Besides anecdotal data from the student, the groups are based on PAT Comprehension data and prewriting task in English and on different forms of data such as PAT Maths result and a Pretest for each topic in Mathematics. The groups will be known as Faith, Wisdom and Knowledge and will be catering for one lower, two middle and one upper group. The four teachers take responsibility for curriculum planning, curriculum implementation and assessment and reporting on the students in their group. The teachers regularly monitor the progress of the students and give feedback to the students about their progress and learning choices. The curriculum is designed so that students can choose the level of assessment task that he or she will undertake. The group chosen by the student can change with each task or topic. This is being done to give students a voice and encourage them to be partners in their own learning.
The Nazareth College Strategic Plan has a goal to embed a culture of excellence and independent learning (from Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020). Bringing about this goal involves ensuring that every teacher is a confident and competent practitioner who demonstrates contemporary learning strategies for personalising learning in their classrooms (from Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020). Teachers therefore need to have opportunities to develop teaching and learning practices that reflect contemporary research and findings.
In the area of Literacy, all teachers have undertaken the “Literacy for Learning” program. English teachers have undertaken the “How Language Works” program. The Literacy Enhancement Group has worked with an external consultant to build their understanding of Literacy demands across the curriculum. In 2020, Literacy Intervention staff will use Fountas and Pinnell’s Levelled Literacy Intervention kit with selected students. Mainstream students will learn the CARS and STARS strategies and teachers will engage in Professional Learning about these strategies.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award program is currently offered to students in Year 10. Nazareth College provides students with the opportunity to fulfill the requirements of the Bronze Award.
This requires the students to undertake a number of activities including Service (Volunteering), Physical Recreation, Skill and an Adventurous Journey. While the program is guided by the Co-ordinator, the award is structured to allow the students to set goals and complete these goals over a period of time. The sense of satisfaction and achievement is one of many reasons why this program is offered.
Participation is entirely voluntary and is structured so that students design their own unique program centred around their interests and passions.
The program is closely linked across a range of curricular and co-curricular activities. These include RND in Year 9, City Experience, VCAL, PE and Health, VCE and VET programs in Outdoor Recreation.
The award endeavours to take students out of their comfort zone and challenge them physically, emotionally and spiritually. Life skills are developed, whilst guided risk-taking, practical skill development, resilience and teamwork provide the student with the skills to enter into adulthood.