Learning in Years 7 and 8

 

In Year 7 we aim to make the transition from a primary school to Ellesmere College as easy as possible and many of our learning activities are designed with this in mind. We also endeavour to build on the student's existing skills especially in the areas of reading and writing. 
In Year 8 we continue to develop the students’ literacy and numeracy skills in ways that allow them to work both collaboratively and independently.

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In Year 7 & 8 English we aim to consolidate and expand on the skills our students already have. There is always some flexibility for individual teachers to plan their own year’s programme depending on the students in their class. Most teachers have an on-going language and word study programme. Reading and writing may also be on-going throughout the year or these may be taught in blocks depending on the class and timetable constraints. There are common topics taught throughout the year at both year levels.

Year 7

Orientation, Camp, Recount Writing, Narrative Writing, Class Novel, Instructional Reading, Oral Language Speech Making, Persuasive Writing, Visual Language, Language word Study, Film Study

Year 8

Recount Writing, Narrative Writing, Class Novel, Instructional Reading, Oral Language Speech Making, Persuasive Writing, Visual Language, Language word Study, Film Study

 

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Our Junior Science programme aims to build on the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of students with contexts of learning that are relevant and rich in interest.

Year 7

Sports Science: The physical properties of sports balls and how they are related to sport.
The Oceans: Explored through the movie “Finding Nemo”.
Insects: Their biology and their importance

Year 8

Floating and Sinking: The density of objects and whether they float or sink.
Biodiversity: Ecosystems and the importance of variety in the environment.
Forensics: Applying the scientific method in solving crime.

 

Mathematics

The Junior Mathematics programme is designed to allow learners of all abilities to consolidate and build on their knowledge and strategies learnt in Primary School. We aim for students to see the everyday application of Mathematics in the world around us.

Year 7

Number Knowledge and strategies - Decimals, Fractions, Percentages
Algebra - Patterns
Geometry – Position and Orientation
Number strategies - Integers
Measurement – Units, Area and Volume
Statistics – Statistical Literacy and Investigations
Geometry – 2D and 3D shape

Year 8

Number knowledge and strategies – Decimals, Fractions, Percentages
Statistics – Statistical Literacy and Probability
Algebra – Expressions and relationships
Number strategies – Ratio
Measurement – Scales and Timetables
Geometry – Transformations

 

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The aim of Social Studies is to enable students to understand their place in the world. Each year the context within Social Studies builds on the last, allowing students to use prior learning and build a solid understanding of our world.


Year 7

Culture and Heritage: How people pass on and sustain culture and heritage. 
Mother Nature/Earth’s Fury: How natural events have causes and effects on people/societies. 
Inspector Gadget: How innovation has influenced society, and the challenges it has placed on people/environments.

Year 8

Give us a Fair Go: How do producers and consumers exercise their rights. 
Explorers and Adventurers: Looking into how exploration creates opportunities and challenges for people/cultures. 
Challenges and Crisis: Understanding how people participate and respond to community challenges.

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Students will develop fundamental movement skills and demonstrate confidence in challenging situations. They will also demonstrate constructive interpersonal skills through physical activity and a range of situations. Students will learn about the importance of healthy relationships and how the body grows and develops.

Year 7

Getting Active: Demonstrating the ability to become more responsible for the incorporation and maintenance of regular physically activity.

Values in Sport: Demonstrating the ability to identify, understand and demonstrate positive personal values through physical activity.

Top Team: Demonstrating constructive inter personal skills through physical activity

Growing Pains: Demonstrating the ability to identify and understand pubertal changes and healthy routines for growth and development

Striking Games: Demonstrating a range of fundamental movement skills in the context of T-ball, cricket, and softball.

Year 8

How’s That?: Demonstrating fundamental movement skills in the context of cricket. Identifying how technology has impacted on physical activity.

Spotlight on Sport: Demonstrating an understanding of the social and cultural significance of sport in New Zealand.

Wide World of Sport: Investigating how international sporting codes are influenced by different social and cultural factors

Friends for Life: Developing resilience and identifying and demonstrating positive interpersonal skills in a range of situations.

Summer Fun: Identifying benefits of physical activity and examining how these contribute to the well-being of people in New Zealand.

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We aim to equip our students with a variety of skills that will enable them to engage technical processes. We are committed to the development of worthwhile vocational courses that prepare students for future study and employment.


Year 7

Textiles

Food

Computing

Hard Materials


Year 8

Textiles

Food

Computing: In Year 8 Computing we investigate the Nature of Technology through a Digital Footprint unit of work. In this we develop our conceptual understanding of the relationship between using the internet and the social impacts this has on us as users. We also begin the development of our touch type skills.

Hard Materials

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Year 7

Theory: Reading treble and bass clef notes, note names and values.
Instruments of the orchestra.
Performance skills leading to presentation a small concert.
Research: An orchestral instrument

Year 8

Theory: Revision treble and bass clef notes, plus additional basic theory.
Stage Vocal Music: The voice, The Musical Production [Opera and Oratorio].
Research: Favourite singer or group.

 

 

Languages

The Year 7 and 8 programme aims to give students some useful basic language tools to begin to converse in Japanese and to begin to build their knowledge of how the Japanese language is structured so that they may build on that in their future learning. The programme aims to build their confidence as language learners, and to help them to become interculturally competent. Students are introduced to Japanese culture, both traditional and modern.

Year 7

Greetings and introductions
Numbers
The classroom
Colours
The body
Asking

Year 8

Telephone numbers
Telling the time
Foods we like
Ordering in a restaurant
Sports

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Students have the opportunity to be involved in numerous sports teams, kapahaka, musical groups, competitions, camps [year 7 and 8] and skiing/snowboarding [Year 8]

Year 7

Four day camp in term 1.

Year 8

Ski trip in term 3