Year 7 Curriculum
All learning in the Middle Years at Brighton Secondary School is based on the Australian Curriculum. We value the importance of disciplinary knowledge, skills and understanding, the general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities.
We also value the opportunity to integrate disciplines where students can explore ideas and concepts over an extended period across several core subjects.
Our expert Middle Years teaching teams work to design curriculum that engages students to explore and solve relevant, meaningful, and complex questions. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing products, presentations, or performances for real audiences and purpose. As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity and communication and collaboration skills in the context of doing authentic, meaningful work.
In Year 7 our students follow a core curriculum, maintaining a balance across the compulsory Australian Curriculum with opportunities to choose options within the performing and visual arts (Drama, Music and Art), Languages (Japanese or French) and Technologies. We aim to respond to students’ diverse interests and talents, so that they can identify passions, build on strengths, and discover new opportunities throughout the middle school, guided by passionate expert staff.
Year 7 students will automatically be allocated English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science and Health and Physical Education subjects. However, students will need to select a language, and Art and Technology options.
Year 7 Special Interest Music (SIM)
Year 7 Special Interest Music students will automatically be allocated English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science and Health and Physical Education subjects. The Arts and Technologies curriculum is incorporated into the program however, students will need to select a language.
Year 7 Special Interest Volleyball (SIV)
Year 7 Special Interest Volleyball students will automatically be allocated English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Science subjects. The Health and Physical Education curriculum is incorporated into the program however, students will need to select a language, and Art and Technology options.
Year 7 Elective Subjects
Create and Exhibit
In Create and Exhibit, you will be introduced to the dynamic process of being an artist through drawing and painting and exhibiting works. We will draw inspiration from the 2022 SALA theme, The Regenerated Garden and Refugee Week inspiring you to draw connections with your local environment and communities. You will have opportunities to experiment with a variety of materials and publish your works in a public exhibition held in Tarni Warra.
Celebrating through Visual Art!
In Celebrating through Visual Art, you will explore and experiment with drawing, printmaking, pattern making and construction. We will draw inspiration from Australian and Aboriginal art at the South Australian Art Gallery and produce artworks for exhibition in our annual Christmas Art Show in Tarni Warra.
Collaborate Communicate Create
In Collaborate Communicate Create!, we will explore ways of making great drama through improvisation and play building. We will learn how to build on each other’s ideas to create different types of performance. We will see a professional production and use this as inspiration to create our own performance.
In Playmakers! we will work with professionals to create original theatre using storytelling techniques in different types of performance. We will learn how to write scripts and work with staging and costume design along with building our skills in performance.
Core Music (required for SIM)
In Core Music, you will have the opportunity to play in a class band, string ensemble or percussion ensemble. If you don’t already play an instrument, that’s ok. We welcome beginners to Core Music. If you already play an instrument, that’s great, too. You will have access to free instrumental music lessons every week to support your learning. Instruments can be hired from the school so there is no need to own an instrument. Choosing Core Music will also allow you to participate in the many co-curricular ensembles and choirs available before school, at lunchtime and after school. Core Music students are also eligible for the incredible local and international music tours.
Music Experience is a 6-month experiential music course. You will learn some basic skills on the guitar, keyboard and percussion instruments while covering some entry level music theory and creative tasks. If you wish to study music for more than 6 months, you should choose Core Music, which gives you the option of a musical pathway through to year 12. For students who finish Music Experience and wish to continue learning music beyond 6 months, this will give you a chance to explore your options!
Did you know there are an estimated 100 million people worldwide who are homeless and 1.6 billion who live without adequate housing? Your mission in Tiny Homes is to design a shelter to meet the needs of others who find themselves without suitable housing. You will be using technology to design and test your ideas and then use a variety of materials to prototype and bring your ideas to life.
Food or Fortune
One in five Australians have experienced food insecurity at some point in the last 12 months. This means that there has been at least one time in the last year when they didn’t have enough food for themselves or their family. Using food, materials and digital technologies you will create a solution to help support people in need.
Many issues in the world are being solved using technology. The use of software combined with connected electronic devices to design and implement solutions provides significant opportunity in almost all industries. DesignAbility leads students through tasks to improve their use of technology, build coded software solutions, and use connected devices to creatively solve problems.
In year 7 French students will be introduced to the beautiful French language and culture. Students will learn how to interact and have conversations, introduce ourselves and talk about likes and dislikes and what we do in our free time in French. Students will also learn about France and the many other French speaking countries and regions. Other fun activities will include discovering about French food and sport.
In year 7 Japanese students will learn about the fascinating language and culture of Japan. Students will learn how to introduce themselves, talk about hobbies and likes and dislikes, family and daily routine in Japanese. Students will also master Hiragana, the first Japanese alphabet and some learn some Kanji through fun and engaging activities. Students will also participate in fun cultural activities like origami and calligraphy and explore Japanese cuisine through cooking and visit a Japanese restaurant. This course will cater both absolute beginners and those who wish to be extended.
Health and Physical Education
In Health and Physical Education, students will explore the importance of personal health, including how to improve and monitor fitness, making healthy nutritional choices, and forming respectful relationships. Students will experience a range of movement skills and concepts throughout net, invasion, and striking and fielding games.