Features of the English program are the use of ability groupings in years 8 & 9 and a team teaching approach in year 10. An extension English Literature program is delivered to groups of students in years 7-9 using video conferencing with Donald High School. The staff of Beaufort Secondary College has developed a Whole-School Writing Policy in order to improve student writing across the curriculum.
The Mathematics program at Beaufort Secondary College uses the Heinemann Maths Zone series as its major textbook for Years 7 to 12. The Mathematics program fully integrates VELS, NAPLAN, On-demand testing, computer research applications, using both Graphics Calculators and CAS Calculators. Mathematics is offered at Years 7 to 10 with 4 periods per week and VCE with 5 periods per week. Mathematics subjects offered at the VCE level are General Mathematics Units 1 and 2; Mathematical methods CAS Units 1, 2, 3, and 4; Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4; Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4.
(1) Journal and Record keeping
When starting a new unit, all students are asked to keep a Learning Journal to enable record keeping. During the unit, students are asked to scaffold the topic by completing; a problem solving assignment, a practical activity, related homework, a technology related activity and set work out of the text book. This develops a portfolio of work demonstrating the student’s knowledge and understanding. At all stages students are asked to self access and keep records of work completed, homework completed, work behaviour etc.
All students will be involved with working with Texas Instruments Calculators, both Graphic and CAS. Calculator use is seen as an integral part of the Mathematics lesson. The students will also be involved in collecting data using this technology.
(3) Community Links
Beaufort Secondary College strongly encourages community involvement for all students. Students within the Mathematics Area will be encouraged to explore Mathematics used within the larger community.
(4) Concrete experience
Students will be able to acquire mathematical skills and knowledge by using a variety of modes of classroom activity. Different individual learning styles are catered for by using a variety of processes; pattern development, graphing, modelling, technology.
(5) Homework program
The Mathematics Area has a strong commitment to regular homework. M A M M O T H – Meaningful and Motivational Mathematics Obtained Through Homework. The M A M M O T H program has been designed to give Mathematics homework, a structure and a motivational slant. Homework should be fun. Each completed sheet is marked and recorded, so building up a Mathematical profile of the student. On each sheet there are problems of varying difficulty and students are expected to attempt every question.
(6) Mathematics Achievement Data
The Mathematics Area tracks students in Mathematics over a 4 year period from Year 7 to year 10. MAD is designed to collect, sort and present student achievement data in simply display tables. The MAD can be used to engage students in monitoring their own progress and facilitate informed planning and teaching. The display tables will provide teachers with clear and easy to understand summative data on the students in their class.
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Teachers work in teams of three to review student progress, plan strategies for intervention to take students to the next level on the developmental continuum, identify the resources needed and stipulate the evidence needed to be collected to confirm a student’s development. Teachers make better decisions using data and working as a team.
(8) Mathematics Competitions
Teams of Year 7 and 8 students compete in the Victorian Mathematics Games Day Competition. Beaufort Secondary College regularly runs a Mathematics games day for Year 6 students from the local primary schools.
(9) Maths On-Line
Mathematics students regularly use the MathsOnline website as a supplementary source of Mathematics tutorial.
Students in years 7-9 study general science, with units of study in such areas as Astronomy, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Environmental Science is also feature. At year 10 level, students opt into either the Pre-Physics/Chemistry or General Science group.
Humanities encompasses History, Geography, Economics and Civics and Citizenship. Students study units in each of these areas in years 7-10
Throughout Years 7 and 8, students study the subjects of Art, Visual Communication & Design and Music within the Arts domain and Fibres, Food Technology and Design & Technology (Wood and Metal) within the Technology domain. Each unit of study is for one semester and will provide learning experiences from which students can best choose their electives in Years 9 and 10.
Classroom music is studied for one semester in Year 7 as part of the Arts/Technology programme at the College. The course is founded on the belief that an understanding and appreciation of music is best developed through making music and therefore a large part of the course is practical involving performance. To help achieve this, basic aural, listening and theory skills are developed and refined.
LOTE (Languages other than English) 日本語
Japanese language is taught at Years 7 and 8 at Beaufort Secondary College, after which it becomes an elective. Students learn to speak, listen, read and write Japanese through a communicative approach to language learning. In reading and writing students learn the three scripts, hiragana (ひらがな), katakana (カタカナ) and kanji (漢字). In tandem with language learning, students enjoy cultural studies where they explore traditional and modern aspects of culture, religions and lifestyle. Hands on learning, with cooking, festival activities, crafts, games and invited performers, is also a feature of the program. Japanese guests and assistant teachers are a regular part of the program.