Enrichment English in Year 7 covers the same content and analyses the same texts as all other Year 7 classes; however, students in the Enrichment class focus on developing reading and writing skills above the expected level of their peers. Enrichment students are exposed to deeper analysis of themes, symbols, characters and plot when reading texts and figurative language, author’s purpose and audience impact when completing language analysis tasks. These skills are often developed and supported by using graphic organisers, modelled exemplars and by following the writing process of planning, drafting, revising/editing and publishing. Essay development using the TEEL structure correctly requires students to learn how to write a contention, identify and analyse evidence and link arguments to an overall topic. As the skills continue to develop, students are required to complete these tasks more independently and under time constraints. This builds their confidence in their own writing ability and time management skills for future assessment expectations.
The Victorian Curriculum underpins the delivery of Enrichment Mathematics. Students in Year 7 Enrichment learn Mathematics at Year 7 and Year 8 levels, and students in Year 8 will learn Mathematics at Year 8 and Year 9 levels, in both cases dependent on the topic. Some students may be extended beyond this, firstly ensuring their foundation knowledge and key skills are solid and consolidated. This extension can vary and may include content from Year 8 to Year 12. Depth of learning is also included for every Mathematics topic with students completing questions for:
This learning is vital to ensure application of tasks and understanding of each topic on a deeper level.
Problem Solving is an important part of Mathematics learning as it is a real life skill. In 2019, Problem Solving will be part of the students’ learning for one Mathematics lesson each week in addition to its inclusion in day-to-day lessons using Cambridge Essential Mathematics.
Students in the Year 7 Enrichment class cover the same content as their peers in other classes. This includes Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography and Economics, all at Year 7 level mapped out by the Victorian Curriculum. To engage students, different teaching strategies are used, such as hands on and kinaesthetic learning opportunities, use of IT, individual and group work and more complex and higher order thinking activities to develop writing skills for the Humanities domain. Most of these writing skills are new for the Year 7 Enrichment students and require support throughout the year to help them develop confidence and understanding. These writing skills, as well as analysis skills and the ability to link learning to the real world around them, underpin the uniqueness of the Humanities lessons for Year 7 Enrichment.
Enrichment Science involves students learning the Year 7 curriculum content, focussing on depth rather than breadth. Students have the opportunity to challenge themselves by completing inquiry projects and work collaboratively in small groups. The Year 7 textbook is used with a focus on completing ‘think’ and ‘investigate’ questions. Students not only use the written content in the textbook, but also extend further by critically thinking and then applying the content learned to consolidate. Students in Enrichment Science also focus on Literacy skills required when writing practical reports – a skill that is required all throughout their secondary education.