Yr 10 Subject Description Summary
AIA Melbourne Secondary Campus
Year 10 Subject Selection
Language and Literature (MYP)
The English course offered at Year 10 is designed to introduce students to the higher academic demands expected of senior students. Consequently, the Year 10 course involves a broad development of the skills required in successful verbal communication, while writing is extended by a focus on structural strategies, vocabulary development and experience in a variety of writing genres which include language analysis and point of view writing. Students undertake detailed studies of three texts including a Shakespearean play, and film text, which aim to improve students' reading comprehension and increase their appreciation of high-quality literature and film. The course also encourages oration skills designed to improve public speaking and listening skills.
The Year 10 Mathematics course is designed to improve the students’ background in mathematics and act as a preparatory course for the IB Diploma and VCE Mathematics. Mathematical skills in expanding and factorising, trigonometry, linear and quadratic relationships, probability and statistics are developed and enhanced throughout the course.
Individuals and Societies (MYP)
The Year 10 IAS provides a study of the history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present, with an emphasis on Australia in its global context. The twentieth century became a critical period in Australia’s social, cultural, economic and political development. The transformation of the modern world during a time of political turmoil, global conflict and international cooperation provides a necessary context for understanding Australia’s development, its place within the Asia-Pacific region, and its global standing.
Year 10 students will study a general science course which will be divided into four terms and will include Biological sciences, Chemical sciences, Physical sciences and finally Earth and space science.
This course is designed to enhance student’s knowledge and expose students to the different branches of science in preparation for year 11 and 12 whilst providing ‘hands on’ opportunities that will enable the students to develop a variety of practical skills essential for scientific research and methodology.
The science course at year 10 is structured so that teachers who are specialised in their learning areas teach students over the year.
Language Acquisition (MYP)
The Year 10 Arabic course is designed to develop and extend students’ knowledge of Arabic. It aims to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Arabic. The course provides students with the opportunity to explore the language and culture of Arabic speaking communities through the study of a wide range of texts. It also provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding of historical issues, aspects of contemporary Arabic society and the Arab literary and artistic heritage.
The Year 10 French course is designed to develop and extend students’ knowledge of French. It aims to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing French. The course provides students with the opportunity to explore the language and culture of French speaking communities through the study of a wide range of texts. It also provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding of historical issues, aspects of contemporary French society and the French literary and artistic heritage.
The Year 10 Turkish course is designed to develop and extend students’ knowledge of Turkish. It aims to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Turkish. The course provides students with the opportunity to explore the language and culture of Turkish speaking communities through the study of a wide range of texts. It also provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding of historical issues, aspects of contemporary Turkish society and the Turkish literary and artistic heritage.
Religious Education (MYP)
The Year 10 Religious Studies course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of core Islamic belief concepts and traditional Islamic religious law system (The Shari’ah) at a much higher level than in previous years.
The Year 10 Art curriculum has been devised to prepare students for studies in VCE Studio Arts, VCE VCD and IB Visual Art.
During Year 10 of the Visual Arts students will refine their knowledge and understanding of Art and Artists, develop their ability to think critically and develop their information literacy skills. Students will create artistic responses that reflect on the world around them. Students will be required to regularly maintain a Visual Journal that is evidence of their learning and will be used for assessment. The Visual Arts curriculum is divided into 50% Theory and 50% practical. Students will be required to complete two major research tasks that revolve around the study of two artists, artistic intention, audience, cultural context, function, and purpose. This provides a stepping stone for further study in their senior years. The practical part of the Visual arts is comprised of creating a body of work that is submitted at the end of each term as their portfolio. Students are required to submit their portfolio with a reflection piece justifying their creative choices.
Design at Year 10 is a core subject that consists of two periods per week for the academic year. This subject is designed and assessed in keeping with the demands of the IB Design Subject Curriculum. The course is extensively practical in nature and students will be encouraged to complete problem solving assignments and/or case studies based on a variety of application software programs, many of which will be new to them. Assessment is therefore based on project results, rather than an end of semester examination.
Physical Education (MYP)
MYP physical and health education aims to empower students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. To this end, physical and health education courses foster the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle. Through opportunities for active learning, courses in this subject group embody and promote the holistic nature of well-being. Students engaged in physical and health education will explore a variety of concepts that help foster an awareness of physical development and health perspectives, empowering them to make informed decisions and promoting positive social interaction.