Somerville Secondary College

Year 10 Program

We aim to provide opportunities, so all students are continually challenged to perform at their best, are engaged in their work and encouraged to regularly attend classes. Our commitment to you is to provide students with access to programs that suit their interests and are directed towards their future goals. We endeavor to establish strong personal and respectful relationships with each student in our care. We aim to present enjoyable, relevant and rigorous teaching and learning programs that reflect the developmental stages of our students, as they move through their adolescent years into the Later Years Program.

YEAR 10 Core Subjects

This subject prepares students for a number of pathways in later years, whether students go on to VCE English or to VCAL Literacy in Year 11. Students will complete the same themes and text studies across Year 10 classes, and the emphasis is on building the organisational and expressive skills of students in a range of writing tasks. Reading skills of a high order are developed through learning critical reading strategies, while student run class discussions and presentations increase students’ speaking confidence and teamwork skills. Film study, thematic studies and set novels and plays, will all provide students in Year 10 English with classic and modern texts that will develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. The subject fee includes the printing of detailed Unit booklets and a book levy for the purchase of the plays and novels to be studied. Students will need to pay separately for excursions or incursions.

Mathematics in Year 10 helps prepare students for senior pathways like VCAL or VCE, as well as the post-schooling world. Students learn about Financial Mathematics, Geometry & Trigonometry, Probability, Statistics, Measurement and Linear Relationships. Appropriate use of technology to solve application problems is emphasised throughout the course. Students considering including Mathematics in their VCE course are expected to own a CAS calculator.

In Year 10 Advanced Mathematics, students complete an in-depth study of the three strands of the Mathematics curriculum: Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, and Statistics & Probability. Advanced Mathematics places particular emphasis on developing high order mathematical reasoning skills in students. Students explore Indices, Ratio, Measurement, Probability, Graphs, Trigonometry, and Statistics. They apply Mathematics in each area and engage in classroom activities that strengthen conceptual understanding and develop logical reasoning.

Entrance into Advanced Mathematics is based on student results, as well as teacher recommendations.

This subject exposes students to a broad range of physical disciplines including; invasion, striking and fielding and divided court sports where they will develop their skills and tactics. Students set personal fitness goals, participate in fitness development and testing and experience community based recreational activities. In the theory component of the subject students will cover topics such as harm minimisation and healthy relationships.

Year 10 Science develop students skills in the areas of Chemistry, Biology and Physics. In Chemistry they learn that all matter is made of atoms, that the atomic structure and properties of elements are used to organise them in the periodic table and that different types of chemical reactions are used to produce a range of products that can occur at different rates. In Biology, students learn that the transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes. In Physics, students learn that electric circuits can be designed for diverse purposes using different components and that the operation of circuits can be explained by the concepts of voltage and current. In Science, inquiry forms a major mode of learning. Students used a range of inquiry methods including researching, planning, conducting experiments and presenting their findings.

What a Year 10 Course could look like

If language continued
4 periods 4 periods 2 periods 2 periods 2 periods 2 periods 2 periods 2 periods
Semester 1 English Maths Core Science or
Humanities elective
HPE LOTE Elective
any area
Elective
any area
Elective
any area
Semester 2 English Maths Core Science or
Humanities elective
PE Elective LOTE Elective
any area
Elective
any area
Elective
any area
If no language continued
4 periods 4 periods 2 periods 2 periods 2 periods 2 periods 2 periods 2 periods
Semester 1 English Maths Core Science or
Humanities elective
HPE Elective
any area
Elective
any area
Elective
any area
Elective
any area
Semester 2 English Maths Core Science or
Humanities elective
PE Elective Elective
any area
Elective
any area
Elective
any area
Elective
any area

Year 10 Extension and Additional Learning Opportunities

Somerville Secondary College encourages all students to enrol in a VCE subject or a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course as part of their Year 10 program.

Advanced Maths

In Year 10 Advanced Mathematics, students complete an in-depth study of the three strands of the Mathematics curriculum: Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, and Statistics & Probability. Advanced Mathematics places particular emphasis on developing high order mathematical reasoning skills in students. Students explore Indices, Ratio, Measurement, Probability, Graphs, Trigonometry, and Statistics. They apply Mathematics in each area and engage in classroom activities that strengthen conceptual understanding and develop logical reasoning. 

Entrance into Advanced Mathematics is based on student results, as well as teacher recommendations.

Language

In view of changing global opportunities it is strongly recommended that students continue with their Indonesian studies. We have a responsibility to ensure our students are Asia literate in their cultural understandings and language skills. Like Australia, many countries across the globe are making major investments in Asia, and knowledge and skills of this region are vital to international understandings. 

Language studies: 

  • Develop deeper knowledge and understanding about Asia and regional cultures. 
  • Develop language skills, knowledge and fluency. 
  • Focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking. 
  • Promote social cohesion, boost economic cooperation and address global issues. 

Study Tours

To enhance student language and cultural understandings, study tours to Indonesia are to become available once travel restrictions are lifted.

Electives

Year 10 is an important stage in learning to engage in them in their own learning so as to improve their academic success. Student engagement levels are affected by many factors which include sense of ownership of their own learning program; the ability to make their own informed choices within that program; understand that the programs which they have chosen caters to their own individual interests and needs; to appreciate their own program choice will link to their future learning and life goals.

  • All
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • LOTE
  • The Arts
  • The Technologies
  • Health and PE

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