Campbell High School

An ACT Public School


English, SoSE & Library

Head of Faculty: Debbie Dwyer

English Curriculum

In English, students have opportunities to:

  • read widely for pleasure
  • write effectively in a range of forms
  • speak formally and informally for different purposes and audiences
  • listen reflectively to others
  • learn to use and value different literacies, such as critical literacy and visual literacy
  • work independently and in groups
  • share their ideas and skills with others
  • participate in a range of activities  such as writing competitions, Writers' Camp, debating and theatre performances

Wide varieties of texts are utilised including novels, poetry, short stories, newspapers, advertising materials, film, video and live performances.  Novels cover a range of topics, issues and settings of particular interest to adolescents, including cyber-bullying, environmental concerns and personal journeys.  We take advantage of opportunities to purchase multi-cultural texts and maintain a diverse collection from modern classics to recent Australian fiction.

English classes at Campbell High School are not streamed and our teachers are experienced at differentiating learning opportunities and assessment programs to meet individual students' needs. However, an Excel class is available in years 7 and 8 to support students who require targeted scaffolding of literacy, and places are available in Extension classes in years 8, 9 and 10 for students with particular gifts and talents in language arts.

The Australian Curriculum English

English plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia's future and the English curriculum at Campbell High School relies heavily of the Australian Curriculum and its achievement standards.

Although Australia is a linguistically and culturally diverse country, participation in many aspects of Australian life depends on effective communication in Standard Australian English. In addition, proficiency in English is invaluable globally. The Australian Curriculum: English contributes both to nation-building and to internationalisation.

The Australian Curriculum: English also helps students to engage imaginatively and critically with literature to expand the scope of their experience. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have contributed to Australian society and to its contemporary literature and its literary heritage through their distinctive ways of representing and communicating knowledge, traditions and experience. The Australian Curriculum: English values, respects and explores this contribution. It also emphasises Australia's links to Asia.

For more information on the Australian Curriculum: English and the Achievement Standards you can visit the ACARA website.

SoSE Curriculum

All students at Campbell High School study a full year of SoSE.

In years 7-9, students study one semester of Australian Curriculum History, and a full semester of Australian Curriculum Geography.

Year 10 students study one semester of Australian Curriculum History, followed by one of the following elective subjects: History, Geography, Business Studies, Civics and Citizenship and Work Studies.

2016 is the sixth year that Year 7-10 Australian Curriculum History courses have been taught at Campbell High, providing our students with a detailed knowledge of world history from ancient times through to the modern day.

Since 2014, we have implemented Australian Curriculum Geography, replacing the ACT curriculum in this area. The focus across all year groups will be on giving students a working knowledge of geographical processes and sustainable living.

Year 7

  • The Ancient World
  • Water in the World
  • Place and Liveability

Year 8

  • Contact and conflict: the Medieval world
  • Landforms and Landscapes
  • Changing Nations: Urbanisation and Migration

Year 9

  • The Making of the Modern World
  • Biomes and Food Security
  • Geographies of Interconnections (Globalisation)

Year 10

  • The Modern World and Australia
  • Electives: Blockbuster Decades (History), Environmental Change/Geographies of Human Wellbeing (Geography), Civics and Citizenship, Business Studies, Work Studies

Unit outlines

Year_7_Carey-Ide_SoSE.pdf pdfsmall (160.8 KB)
Year_10_Yeo_SoSE_extention.pdf pdfsmall (300.0 KB)
Year_10_Yeo_SoSE_extention_2.pdf pdfsmall (300.0 KB)
Year_10_Foster_SoSE.pdf pdfsmall (266.2 KB)
Year_10_Cummins_SoSE.pdf pdfsmall (473.6 KB)
Year_10_Carey-Ide_SoSE.pdf pdfsmall (183.8 KB)
Year_9_Makowski_SoSE.pdf pdfsmall (149.5 KB)
Year_9_History_Semester_2_Core_Bell.pdf pdfsmall (261.4 KB)
Year_9_Foster_SoSE_Extension.pdf pdfsmall (218.6 KB)
Year_9_Cummins_SoSE.pdf pdfsmall (150.1 KB)
Year_8_Yeo_SoSE_.pdf pdfsmall (181.6 KB)
Year_8_Makowski_SoSE.pdf pdfsmall (182.0 KB)
Year_8_Carey-Ide_SoSE.pdf pdfsmall (289.4 KB)
Year_7_Yeo_SoSE_core.pdf pdfsmall (211.8 KB)
Year_7_Yeo_SoSE_core_2.pdf pdfsmall (211.8 KB)
Year_7_Makowski_SOSE.pdf pdfsmall (213.8 KB)
Year_7_Cummins_SoSE.pdf pdfsmall (294.9 KB)
Year_7_Mullumby_SOSE.pdf pdfsmall (55.7 KB)

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