Year 8

English

In Year 8 students will be completing the Western Australian Curriculum course for English. The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands. These strands are Language, Literature and Literacy. For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook.

Mathematics

Students follow the Western Australian Curriculum for Mathematics which contains work from the Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, and Statistics & Probability strands. For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook.

Science

The three strands of the curriculum, Science Inquiry Skills, Science Understanding and Science as a Human Endeavour are interrelated, and their content is taught in an integrated way. In Year 8, students are introduced to cells as microscopic structures that explain macroscopic properties of living systems.  Similarly, they explore changes in matter at a particle level, and distinguish between chemical and physical change. They classify different forms of energy, and describe the role of energy in causing change in systems, including in the rock cycle. Students continue to develop their understanding of the scientific method and their ability to use scientific equipment and conduct experiments. For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook.

Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS)

The Humanities and Social Sciences, enable students to develop their critical thinking and skill application ready for life after school. We focus on skills such as questioning, research, analysis, evaluation, communication, and reflection through investigation of events, developments, issues, and phenomena in both historical and contemporary contexts. The four subject areas covered in HASS are Geography, Economics, History and Politics and Law.  For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook.

Music

The units are designed to develop skills in the reading, writing, listening and performance of music, which will greatly complement the learning of any musical instrument.

This specialist course is compulsory for students already receiving tuition on a musical instrument through the Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) Program. Students who are receiving IMSS lessons in Primary school will be automatically enrolled in Year 8 class music for Semester 1 and 2. Students studying an instrument privately are also recommended to select these units and are encouraged to be involved in an ensemble.  For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook or contact the Music Department.

Engagement

The Engagement program has been set up to inspire young minds to shine by empowering students to develop their strengths, build resilience and shine. The program is split into three distinct areas, Literacy, Numeracy and Educational Support. Identified students have an individually structured program, developed to meet their individual needs. Please contact Charlotte Edwards for more information (charlotte.edwards@education.wa.edu.au).

More information Yr 8 Engagement.

Languages

A language is compulsory for students in Year 7 and 8. At Eastern Hills SHS we deliver French, Italian, and Japanese for the full year. Learning a language helps to improve communication, employability, and English language skills. Studying a foreign language opens your mind to other cultures and world views.  For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook.

Physical Education

Students will perform a variety of individual movement skills and sequences demonstrating improved control, accuracy, and efficiency in their performance. In competitive contexts, they implement a variety of tactics to achieve an intended outcome. Students will participate in a range of sporting contexts such as basketball, sofcrosse, tennis, softball, athletics, soccer, hockey, and badminton.  For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook.

Health Education

Students are provided with the opportunity to identify skills and strategies to manage change and promote all aspects of their own and others’ health, including making informed decisions, using assertive responses, and making contingency plans to avoid and prevent risks to health. Students identify the impact of negative behaviours on relationships and describe a range of factors and their impact on a person’s emotional response and behaviour.  For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook.

Eastern Hills Sports Academy

The Eastern Hills Sports Academy is a program which engages students in high-quality sporting environment to improve sporting performance and develop teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills. The Sports Academy encourages students to actively engage with their local community through sport while promoting lifelong participation and learning. Students entering Year 8 have the option to choose the Boys Football Program, Girls Football Program, Basketball Program and Netball Program.

Students within the Sports Academy are expected to demonstrate positive behaviour standards both at school and while representing the school at interschool competitions. An application process may be conducted to determine the suitability of students wishing to enter the Sports Academy.  For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook or contact the Physical Education and Health Department.

Arts

Year 8 consists of taster Arts courses in the areas of Media (Media YouTube and Media Film and TV), Visual Arts (Visual Art 2D, Ceramics, Printmaking and Computer Graphics) and Performing Arts (Drama). For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook.

Technologies

Design and Technology

Taster subjects in Design and Technology include Woodwork, Metalwork, Technical Drawing and Model Making.  For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook.

Home Economics

Food Awareness and Sew Sustainable.

Food Awareness is a term long taster program where students will engage in understanding the basic nutritional value of food and preparation techniques and presentation. Students will prepare a range of prescribed dishes to develop skills that will be built upon in coming years.

Sew Sustainable is a term long taster program where students will learn the basics of sewing using a sewing machine. They will use the Technology Process to create a project over the 10-week program by repurposing a piece of clothing into a new product. These skills will become the basis of future materials and design courses in the following years.  For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook.

Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies is compulsory for all students in Years 7 and 8.  It is a term long unit that focuses on developing understanding and skills in computational thinking such as decomposing problems and prototyping.   For more information, please see the Year 8 Course Handbook.