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Subject Overviews

Subject Overviews

Stage 4 and 5 English

Year 7

In Term 1 students examine the concept of Identity and making connections with the world. They then move on to narratives in Term 2 and explore the role storytelling has in society. Term 3 sees students studying a modern-day film that has transformed the traditional concept of Fairytales in to something new, different, and often humourous. Finally, Term 4 finishes on a lighter note with student appreciating humour in texts.

Year 8

Year 8 begins with students studying media texts and the ways perspectives influence audience responses. Term 2 shifts to a close study of a text whereby students examine Shakespearean comedy and learn to appreciate texts from a different time. Following this, Term 3 offers students a chance to study a film from a different culture. Students consider diversity of experience and the expression of cultural identity within film and other texts. Lastly, Year 8 ends with a look at the social construct of superheroes and the roles myths and legends play in human society.


Year 9

In Term 1, students will deconstruct the ways in which persuasive language is used in a variety of spoken, written, media and multimedia texts. They then move back into the field of Shakespeare where students will learn to develop and apply their skills in research to examine the world of Shakespeare and the impact of Shakespeare's writing on his and modern audiences. Term 3 turns to Film once more where students undertake a genre study, typically Science-Fiction, where students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the variety of texts within a specific genre. To finish the year, Term 4 brings with it a close look at youth and popular culture and the chance to compose texts aimed at expressing their individual culture.


Year 10

The final year of Junior English has students undertaking a critical study into different perspectives on a social issue.  This then leads them into Term 2 which has students undertaking a critical study of a Shakespearean drama where analyse a work from William Shakespeare exploring the ways in which context shapes meaning within a text. Term 3 has student examining a film where they develop their understanding and appreciation of Difference and Diversity. 



Drama, offered in the junior years and as a HSC course combines both practical and theoretical elements. Students will learn how to "act", independently or in a group performance. They will learn that acting is not just words to be read, it is about presence on stage, one's physical movements, and one's ability to listen. Improvising, or "making it up as you go," is a fun way of learning acting skills and much is also learned through drama games. 

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