Gladstone High School

Gladstone High School

Year 8



Digital Media Arts Mathmatics
English Science
Health and Wellbeing Technology Studies
Home Economics Visual Arts
Humanities and Social Scienes  



Subject Selection:

Digital Media is studied as a semester length subject in Year 8.

Course descriptor:

This course introduces students to both working with Digital Media and Digital Technologies. Students work through the Creative Arts process of Investigation, Development of Ideas and Production to create Media Products. Through these processes students gain understanding of the uses and influence Media has in our society. Students will cover topics in:

• Print Media

• Photoshop Design

• Game Design

• Digital Stories

• Creating Controllers

• 3D Printing

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Subject Information:

English is a compulsory subject that is studied for a full year, with 4 lessons per week.

Course Descriptor:

All courses focus on development students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. Students undertake studies of poetry, films, novels and other texts as well as producing narratives, poetry, biographies and other presentations, Students also undertake public speaking as a way of improving confidence and presentation skills.

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Subject Information:

Health and Wellbeing is a compulsory subject and is studied for a full year. Students will study a range of Physical Education, Home Economics and Health topics throughout the year, taken from the Australian Curriculum Learning Area Health and Wellbeing and Technology. Physical Education

Course Descriptor:

Students will study a range of practical topics including a selection of Field Invasion Games, Court Invasion Games, Court Divided Games, Striking and Fielding Games and Target Games. Students will also undertake one health unit per semester.

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Course Descriptor:

This course comprises of food technology, nutrition and textile technology and will further develop their time management, decision making, preparation/construction skills and presentation techniques. The work is carried out in three broad areas:

Food and Food and Nutrition:

• Food nutrients and their importance

• The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and Dietary Related Illnesses

• Time management

• Food preparation techniques and practices


• Use of the sewing machine and overlocker

• Construction techniques • Design and decoration using textiles

• Functions of textiles and fabrics

• Design, Make, Appraise process through the construction of boxer shorts


• Safe food handling practices

• Food storage

• Occupational Health and Safety in Home Economics

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Subject Information:

Humanities is a compulsory subject and is studied for a full year. It is divided into the two separate Subjects of Geography and History.

Course Descriptor:


There are two units studied across the semester

• Landforms and Landscapes

• Changing Nations

Landforms and Landscapes focuses on investigating the geomorphology of particular landscapes and their landforms. This unit allows students to examine the processes that shape individual landforms. It allows students developed an understanding of landforms and the significance to people. The distinctive landforms and landscapes investigated in Year 8 are from studies in Australia and throughout the world. Within this semester students will also look at Civics and Citizenship.


The unit of History taught in Year 8 is The Ancient to the Modern world. A direct link is made to Social, economic, religious and political beliefs and how these were challenged and changed throughout the era. The students will develop historical understanding through the key concepts, including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability. Historical

Knowledge and Understandings are developed using inquiry questions. The key inquiry questions for year 8 are:

• How did society change from the end of the Ancient Period to the beginning of the Modern Age?

• What key beliefs and values emerged and how did they influence societies?

• What were the cause and effects of contacts between societies in this period?

• Which significant people, groups and ideas from this period have influenced the world today? Within this semester students will be introduced to the new Australian Curriculum subject of Civics and Citizenship which will be assessed through the completion of a workbook.

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Subject Information:

Mathematics is a compulsory subject that is studied for a full year, with 4 lessons per week.

Course Descriptor:

Mathematics in Year 8 will review concepts surrounding number, data and measurement whilst introducing new concepts to expand upon student’s prior knowledge. The Year 8 program will allow students to refine their knowledge, learn new skills, develop the concept of ‘thinking mathematically’, problem solve to develop understandings in familiar and real life situations, developing ideas and concepts and the ability to communicate these concepts effectively. The three content strands of the Australian Curriculum of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability are covered using a number of topics. Examples of these are:

• Number and place value

• Real numbers

• Finance

• Patterns

• Relationships

• Measurement

• Geometry

• Chance

• Data

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Subject Information:

Science is a compulsory subject that is studied for a full year.

Course Descriptor:

Students develop process skills in working scientifically. Specifically, they begin to design and carry out investigations and correctly use laboratory equipment. Students make and record observations and analyse results. Evaluation and communication of scientific findings will influence future planning and devising practical investigations. Students will study Science using the Australian Curriculum Learning Area for 3 lessons a week and Agricultural Science for the equivalent of 1 lesson a week. Students study the following topics under the Science understanding strand

Biological Sciences:

• Multicellular organisms and systems of organs

• Cells and cell functions


Chemical Sciences:

• States of matter

• Particle theory of matter

• Chemical reactions


Earth and Space Sciences:

• Rock formation processes and geologic time

• Physical Sciences:

• Kinetic, heat and potential energy cause changes in systems

In addition embedded throughout the year will be Science as a Human Endeavour including development, use and influence of science and Science Enquiry Skills including questioning, prediction, planning

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Subject Information:

The semester is based around giving students experience using a range of tools and static machinery. Students will have minor design control of a range of wood and plastic projects specifically chosen to give safe practical learning experiences.

Course Descriptor:

This course aims to introduce students to:

• Understand workshop rules and safety procedures

• Using solid timber and understanding its properties and characteristics

• Using solid timber in a range of profiles

• Using plastics • Investigate jointing techniques

• Using a variety of hand and power tools for construction techniques

• Extend their skills with surface preparation prior to applying a finish

• Working on a wood lathe

Construction projects that are covered in this course include: Note pad roll holder, Candle holder, Key tag, desk tidy, children’s toy and a student choice project if time permits.

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Junior Arts courses exist within the learning areas of ‘Visual Arts’ and ‘Digital Media Arts’. The Visual Arts cover the areas of Art and Design while the Digital Media Arts cover digital technology & Media studies. In Years 8 – 10 each of the two learning areas are organised around 2 key strands – Making & Responding. At Senior School Visual Art Studies is offered in both Stage 1 & 2 and Digital Media Arts continues as Creative Arts at both Stage 1 & 2. Part of the aim for junior Arts is to prepare students with the fundamentals for study in each of these areas with a view to specialise in senior school

Subject Information:

Visual Art is studied as a semester length subject in Year 8.

Course Descriptor:

This course focuses on familiarising students with the Elements and Principles of visual art that include - Line, Tone, Texture, Shape, Colour, Form, Movement, Balance, Proportion and Contrast. The emphasis is on producing artworks that students can take away with them at the end of the course. Students explore ideas and experiences through creating works of art and use skills, techniques and processes to develop and present artwork. They learn to respond to, and evaluate their own work and the work of others in a range of social & cultural contexts. Students will cover the following topics:

• Elements and principles of visual art

• Observational Drawing

• Painting & Colour Theory

• Graphic Design

• Media Experimentation & idea development & documentation3 Dimensional Studies

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