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Wonthaggi Secondary College

“Achieving success in a caring and creative environment.”

Year 9 SEAL program

ENGLISH
The focus in this subject will be on extending students beyond the usual Year 9 Curriculum. They will be exposed to a range of spoken and written texts characterised by complexity of purpose, procedure and subject matter. They will be required to develop strategies that enable critical evaluation of texts with multiple levels of meaning. They must demonstrate the ability to justify interpretations of texts with detailed and well-chosen evidence.

MATHS
SEAL students are taught mathematics at Year 10+10A level in Year 9, which is, advanced by one school year and including the optional advanced mathematics content specified in the Victorian Curriculum at Year 10. This one year advancement allows student to tackle senior mathematics subjects one year earlier than the main student body, allowing Year 11 and 12 mathematics subjects to be commenced during Year 10.
The Year 9 SEAL course content focusses on study skills, communication of mathematical process (showing working), and use of appropriate mathematic language, independent thinking and high level problem solving skills.
Students use a combination of book work, computer tasks and hands on activities to develop their mathematical skills. They are expected to complete work set in class for homework regularly. Students are assessed at the end of each topic, their book work and computer tasks are used to moderate their grades.

HUMANITIES
This unit is an advanced Year 9 unit. Topics covered will be the same as those studied in Year 9 mainstream classes but the Achievement Standards met will be those of the Year 10 Victorian Curriculum.

SCIENCE
Semester 1
In this semester students will learn the genetic basis of inheritance, DNA structure and replication will be studied. The characteristics of chemical reactions and usefulness of groups of similar chemicals will be specified and related to practical projects. How different forces act together to affect motion of objects will be explained.
Semester 2
In this semester, Plate tectonics and other geological processes affecting the earth will be examined. Elements of space, such as the formation of galaxies, atoms and the big bang theory will also be covered. Electricity, circuits and power generation will also be studied.

JAPANESE
Semester 1
During this semester students will learn about more weekend activities, location, describing people, clothing, weather, leisure and travel. Students will continue learning to read and write the Katakana symbols. More Kanji symbols are introduced. More facts about country and culture are added.
Semester 2
In this semester students will learn about leisure, giving and responding, meeting people, invitations and suggestions, more daily routine and more food and drink. There is consolidation of ability to read and write all of the Katakana symbols. Students will learn the rest of the Kanji symbols recommended as a basis for VCE Japanese. More facts about country and culture continue to be included.