Curriculum

Curriculum

English

English is a subject about communication in the English language. It supports the development, presentation and analysis of ideas. At Belmont City College, students develop an understanding that the English language operates as a social process. It is through the study of English that our students learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them. English also helps students to engage imaginatively and critically with literature to expand the scope of their experience.

Our curriculum content aligns with Australian Curriculum: English requirements. In the English learning area, students develop their receptive (Reading, Listening and Viewing) and productive (Writing and Speaking) skills.

Students engage in challenging reading, viewing and writing programs at each year level, developing skills that allow them to communicate effectively. Our students develop reading and writing skills for academic purposes. They are provided opportunities to improve in their understanding and functional use of Standard Australian English, and in the development of critical literacy skills that enable them to understand how different texts can influence our identity, values and beliefs. We recognise that Australia is culturally and linguistically diverse and we provide opportunities for English as an Additional Language/Dialect learners to develop a strong grounding in the mechanics of English as well as the essential conventions of language and text. Ensuring common standards across classes is achieved through shared assessment tasks, moderation and collaborative programming.

Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education learning area has a focus on providing a wide range of learning experiences to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a lifelong, active and healthy lifestyle. We offer a curriculum that is relevant and engaging, and provides students with opportunities to develop teamwork, leadership and cooperative learning skills.

The Lower School Health and Physical Education program (Years 7-10) covers the areas of alcohol and other drugs, food and nutrition, health benefits of physical activity, mental health and well-being, relationships and sexuality and safety. It also provides students with opportunities to develop their skills in a variety of sporting and recreational activities, both at school and within the community.

In Senior School (Years 11 and 12), Health and Physical Education offers two pathways for students. University bound students are able to study Physical Education Studies and for non-tertiary bound students, we offer two Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificates: Certificate II in Sport and Recreation, and Certificate II in Sport Coaching.

The Health and Physical Education learning area also offers excellent opportunities for students to represent the College in interschool sport, through Lightning Carnivals (AFL, soccer, netball, basketball and volleyball), athletics carnivals, and other School Sport WA competitions.

Languages Other Than English

Belmont City College offers two Languages Other Than English (LOTE) subjects:

  • Japanese
  • Australian Sign Language (Auslan)

Japanese

The Australian Curriculum recognises that ‘an understanding of Asia underpins the capacity of Australian students to be active and informed citizens working together to build harmonious local, regional and global communities, and build Australia’s social, intellectual and creative capital. It also builds understanding of the diversity of cultures and peoples living in Australia, fosters social inclusion and cohesion and is vital to the prosperity of Australia.’

In line with the Australian Curriculum and as prescribed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, offering LOTE Japanese ensures that Belmont City College provides a scope for students to be a part of Australia’s engagement with Asia.

Japanese studies provide students with the opportunity to acquire skills to communicate and engage with Japanese people and to be able to effectively live, work and learn in the region. Students study three prescribed learning contexts: The Individual; The Japanese-speaking Communities and The Changing World and develop a communicative ability in Japanese.

Auslan

In 2014 Belmont City College began offering Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as a LOTE. Auslan is the language of the Australian Deaf Community and was recognized by the Australian government as a “community language other than English” and the preferred language of the Deaf community in policy statements in 1987 and 1991. The Scope and Sequence document for Auslan as a LOTE allows for students to study the language up to and including year 10 and attain sufficient signing knowledge and skills to enable them to enrol at TAFE so that they may become qualified Auslan interpreters. All classes are taught by a Deaf Mentor who is a qualified Auslan teacher. The Auslan teacher is supported by a Teacher of the Deaf.

Hearing students studying Auslan as a LOTE at Belmont City College study alongside Deaf and hard of hearing students. This provides marvellous opportunities for hearing students to learn from and practice with students who use Auslan as their preferred method of communication.

Mathematics

Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all Australians. The study of mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.

Emphasis is placed on students’ ability to calculate mental Maths and to be able to survive without a calculator. An increasing number of assessments feature a non-calculator section, however, students also learn effective ways to use a calculator as marks are awarded in assessments based on students understanding the most appropriate way to solve problems.

It is our expectation that each student have a scientific calculator to use in class and some Year 10 and Upper School students will also require a Casio Classpad calculator. All our classrooms have interactive white boards and/or data projectors.

Once a week lower school students have access to Mathletics, an online interactive software program. This is a regular and highly popular feature of many classes and an excellent way to consolidate and further develop the understanding of mathematical concepts. All students have individual user names and passwords assigned to them, allowing access to the online Mathletics website from home at any time.

The upper school mathematics courses have a greater emphasis on pattern recognition, recursion, mathematical reasoning, modelling, and the use of technology, in keeping with recent trends in mathematics education, and in response to the growing impact of computers and technology. The many courses we offer will allow students to achieve an ATAR for entry to university, provide the necessary skills if any students are thinking of a trade or further develop students wishing to work on improving their general numeracy skills for daily life.

Science

At Belmont City College, we believe that it is important for students to have a grounding in scientific ideas, knowledge, processes and skills, as well as an understanding of how science is applied in our complex, changing world.

Our experienced science teachers and technicians are committed to providing a high quality science education using excellent resources in order to foster a life-long interest in science.

Lower School

Lower school science courses are aligned with the Australian Curriculum. At each year level, students study the main areas of the Science Understanding strand: Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences and Physical Sciences. These are run alongside the Science Inquiry Skills and Science as a Human Endeavour strands.

Our Year 8 and 9 students also participate in the Thinking Science program in partnership with the University of Western Australia. The program aims to accelerate the cognitive development of students through targeted development of higher order thinking skills, an approach that has shown a positive impact on student achievement across a range of subjects.

Senior School

The Science Department offers a range of subjects for all our students.

We offer several ATAR pathway subjects, including Stage 2/3 Physics, Chemistry and Human Biology. For students who engaged in a Vocational Education and Training pathway, we offer Integrated Science courses, pursuing themes of interest such as Forensic Science and Human Health. These subjects enable students to attain an Australian Qualification Framework Certificate II (Sampling) qualification.

Humanities and Social Sciences

The Humanities and Social Sciences are concerned with the development of students as informed and active citizens of Australia. Our curriculum content has been developed in alignment with Australian Curriculum requirements. The Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Learning Area covers a broad range of content areas, including History, Geography, Economics and Business, and Civics and Citizenship.

The HASS learning area is fortunately structured to allow for the Australian Curriculum cross-curricular priority areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and Sustainability to feature prominently in lower school learning programs.

Students have the opportunity to explore, understand and communicate how individuals and groups exist together and interact with their environment. They learn to examine human behaviour and critique various perspectives from past and present contexts.

HASS allows students to develop critical thinking skills by providing opportunities for them to engage in social inquiry while appreciating accepted values associated with social justice, democratic processes and ecological sustainability. Lower school students develop the capacity to further their Humanities and Social Sciences studies in Modern History and Geography by developing skills including essay writing, source analysis, critical thinking, evaluation and assessment, analytical, reading and problem solving skills.

Technology and Enterprise

Technology involves the design and production of innovative and creative products to satisfy human needs and wants, extending capabilities and realising opportunities. Enterprise relates to the development and application of skills and attitudes that enable people to actively respond to and be involved in social and economic change.

The Technology and Enterprise Learning Area is a highly practical area in which students are encouraged to express themselves and develop skills in decision making and problem solving through the media of foods, textiles, wood, metal, information and digital technologies. It provides students with opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in a practical and enterprising way, using a variety of resources and materials.

The College has modern, specialist facilities across all disciplines in order to provide students with the widest possible learning experience. In keeping with the curriculum direction and focus, we aim to raise student awareness towards the environment we live in, as well as their production environment, while developing a strong work ethic and responsible behaviour.

All Technology and Enterprise programs are delivered in a safety conscious, supportive environment where students learn to work both independently and as part of a team assisting and respecting each other.

The Arts

Belmont City College offers a range of programs that encompass all areas of the Arts

Photography

Photography is a unique design discipline area with its own history, traditions and tools and techniques. Students are initially introduced to design elements and principles and design process and practice. Students will learn to effectively use currently photography technology, as well as explore hands on traditional dark room photo processing techniques.

Students understand that design can be used to solve problems and to satisfy user needs and are introduced to ethical and legal issues relating to the creation and use of photography design. Students expand visualising/rendering techniques and a basic lexicon of terminology for design principles.

Students that show aptitude in Photography earn additional responsibilities in photographing our annual Fashion showcase, Drama productions and other school events.

Visual Arts

Students participating in Visual Arts will gain inspiration and generate ideas from diverse sources, including what they have experienced, learned about, are interested in and imagined. They create art works through drawing, painting, printmaking, pottery, textiles, graphics and sculpture.

Visual Arts encourages spontaneous and analytical styles of drawing, experimenting with a range of media and techniques. Students further develop their knowledge and understanding of visual language through Art history and apply this to both art making and art interpretation.

Students who excel in Visual Arts are invited to display their works at the annual Art exhibition, as well as community arts displays and state wide competitions.

Dance

Dance students learn the processes of choreography in a number of contexts including jazz, hip hop and contemporary as well as dance for fitness activities such as zumba and aerobics.

Dance techniques are developed through workshops where students solve structured choreographic tasks to produce dance works for performance. They have first-hand experience of dance-making by actively engaging through exploration, improvisation, research, reflection and response. They investigate ways to document their thinking and working practices to resolve personal ideas and refine reflection and decision-making skills.

Technologies and design concepts are introduced to the planning stage of dance creation and students enhance their performance with lighting and sound scapes.

Students across Years 7 to 12 are given the opportunity to present original dance performances at college and community events.

Music

The Belmont City College Music program is a personally enriching discipline that teaches essential performance skills and techniques, strengthening individual capabilities of each student in their chosen musical instrument. Students have the opportunity to access School of Instrumental Music (SIM) tuition, as well as perform in the College Concert Band, College Choir and other ensembles.

A diverse Contemporary Music program is also available for both existing students and beginners. This gives students a broad range of music contexts to explore including jazz, musical theatre and rock.
School of Instrumental Music (SIM)

Please follow the link below for information regarding SIM tuition and instrument hire:
www.sim.iinet.net.au/

  • The role of instrumental Music in schools
  • How instrumental Music services are delivered
  • Students selection and student commitment
  • Provision of instruments
  • The instrumental music curriculum
  • Monitoring, assessment and reporting processes

Drama

Our Approved Specialist Contemporary Drama program aims to develop intellectual, social and emotional skills as students learn the dynamic role of Drama in shaping cultural and personal identity.

Understanding and developing effective communication skills is the basis of the Drama program. Students learn to be confident and effective communicators through their voice and body and are able to express their own ideas and experiences in a safe and stimulating environment.

Students in years 7 to 10 who are in the Specialist Contemporary Drama program are enrolled as double majors in the program and participate in four periods of Drama a week. Years 10 to 12 students who have demonstrated aptitude and perseverance in the program are invited to participate in an after school ‘Master Class’ that explore emerging theatre styles and contemporary texts. These students also form leadership groups for events such as the annual Drama Camp and other theatre excursions involving lower school Contemporary Drama students.

The performing arts facilities at Belmont City College provide an exciting platform for students to work and perform. The double story facility boasts an extensive costume department, as well as a set and prop collection and other special effects equipment for their performances.

Numerous performance opportunities are provided to students including drama productions, showcases, school assemblies and the annual Drama Festival that is performed for over 2000 local primary school students at the end of each school year.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) & Workplace Learning

Belmont City College takes pride in our capacity to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) to students seeking a variety of experiences across a large cross-section of industry sectors.

VET courses are nationally recognised qualifications that build solid pathways into further education and employment. The qualifications offered are tailored to meet the needs of the students within the College and also to reflect the demands of the jobs market. Teachers delivering VET courses hold current industry experience and aim to give students a competitive edge through their specialist expertise.

Examples of courses on offer at Belmont City College include;

Year 10

  • Certificate I in Agrifoods
  • Certificate I in Hospitality
  • Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Certificate II in Applied Language (Japanese)

Year 11 and 12

  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate III in Tourism
  • Certificate III in Applied Language (Japanese)

The majority of VET courses are offered within College classes, as outlined above. If a student seeks a qualification in an industry area outside the college’s regular VET program, the students are encouraged to discuss opportunities with the VET Coordinator and in many cases Belmont City College can support students to enter into an arrangement which enables them to complete their WACE qualification whilst also studying externally through their chosen State Training Provider (formally named TAFE) or another Group or Registered Training Organisation to achieve an additional VET qualification.

Workplace Learning

Students at Belmont City College are fortunate to be able to participate in a highly regarded Workplace Learning Program. Students undertake a comprehensive induction program focussing upon work readiness prior to heading into the workplace, generally one day per week where they are linked with a supervisor at work, and a supervisor at Belmont City College who will nurture, mentor and assist students to develop and recognise their skill set whilst exploring their own unique career development pathways.

Consideration is given to the career aspirations, VET studies and subject enrolments of each student when allocating and matching students to suitable workplaces and occupations for the duration of the Workplace Learning Program. During their placement students work in all manner of industries to gain invaluable experience which will assist in further education, future employment and the application and development of social skills, life skills and lifelong learning principles.

Students who display excellence within the Workplace Learning Program are frequently offered career opportunities ranging from casual paid employment, through to School Based Traineeships, School Based Apprenticeships and offers of apprenticeships or full time employment after the completion of the school year.