Stage 4 is Year 7 and 8. At Belmont High School Year 7 complete Geography and Year 8 complete History and Japanese.
Year 7 students complete 100 hours of Mandatory Geography. Through geographical inquiry they develop an understanding of the interactions between people, places and environments across a range of scales in order to become informed responsible and active citizens.
Students complete the following topics from the NSW Geography Syllabus:
Topic 1 - Landforms and Landscapes
Topic 2 - Place and Liveability
Topic 3 - Water in the World
Topic 4 - Interconnections
Each term the students complete one task. These tasks include literacy, geographic skills, project based learning and presentation skills.
Year 8 complete 100 hours of Mandatory History. The aim of the History syllabus is to stimulate students' interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past, to develop a critical understanding of the past an its impact on the present, to develop the critical skills of historical inquiry and to enable students to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens.
Students complete the following topics from the NSW History Syllabus:
Topic 1 - The Ancient World
Topic 2 - Medieval Europe
Topic 3 - Japan and the Shogun
Topic 4 - The Spanish Conquest
Each term the students complete one task. These tasks include literacy, historical inquiry, project based learning and presentation skills.
Year 8 also complete 100 hours of Japanese. The study of languages provides opportunities for students to become more accepting of diversity, more respectful of others and more aware of their place in the international community.
Students complete the following topics from the NSW Japanese Syllabus:
Topic 1: All About Me and Japan
Topic 2: Family and Housing
Topic 3: Sports and School
Topic 4: Eating and Drinking
Students complete assessments throughout the year which test their skills in speaking, writing and reading Japanese.