Discover our learning environments and facilities. The current curriculum is below. The range of choices broadens further in Years 7 and 8, with a selection of English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Humanities, Visual Arts and Design, Performing Arts, Health and Physical Education, Anam Cara Learning and Languages. Learn more about St Michael’s and connect with teachers and staff from across the School. The end-of-term assessments and summer examinations test their knowledge and understanding of literary and non-fiction texts, and their ability to write accurately and appropriately, matching style to purpose. Performances are frequent in the school calendar in order to showcase the range of talent our pupils display and pupils are taken to the Theatre to enhance their own artistic development. Again pupils have the opportunity to study in depth this fascinating and cosmopolitan city, looking at its architecture, its history and religions and its role as a centre of learning and science in the Ancient World. The KS3 curriculum is designed to engage, challenge and inspire our gifted students. Modern Novel; Shakespeare Comedy Text; Critical Reviews (non-fiction); Classic Reads; Poetry through the Ages; Modern Drama. Its current headmaster is Mr Michael Stimpson. Discover our learning environments and facilities. There are also many extra-curricular opportunities on offer to Key Stage 3 students, including Junior Choir, Sinfonia, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble and Flute Ensemble. Discover our learning environments and facilities. Dialogue with other faiths – a study of Hinduism, Dialogue with other faiths – a study of Sikhism, Dialogue with other faiths – a study of Islam. At St Michael’s, we have evolved our approach to teaching, learning and caring, building on our strengths as a Kindergarten to Year 12 (K–12) school situated on one campus in inner-city St Kilda. Creative opportunities using computer software are particularly popular with our pupils. There are also a variety of extra-curricular clubs on offer, including Debate Club and KS3 Book Club to encourage students to develop their key skills outside of the classroom environment. Our K-12 structure provides flexibility for the design of learning experiences that are the right fit for all students, enabling our learners to feel an appropriate level of stretch and challenge. From Years 7-9 pupils have half a year of Design and Technology, and half a year of Food and Nutrition. St Michael’s students have ample opportunities to apply their learning. The practical and creative aspects of Food and Nutrition inspire many of our students and an understanding of nutrition is an essential life skill. Lessons are challenging and fast paced and help pupils to progress to the next level. To help them to build more complex language the grammar introduced in year 8 will include: all present tense -are, -ere and- ire verbs, some common irregular verbs, articles, articulated prepositions, gender, adjectives and possessives. Alongside this, pupils will develop a range of transferable skills that can be used in other areas of the curriculum. Learn more about St Michael’s and connect with teachers and staff from across the School. The progression of our students in Y8 is supported by the choice of a different book for Year 8 and Year 9: Tricolore 2 in Year 8 and Tricolore 3 in Y9. Students have the option of taking French (beginning or continuing), Italian (beginning), Japanese (beginning or continuing) or Chinese (continuing). The theories of Stanislavski are studied to develop their naturalistic characterisation and pupils develop their control and physical skills through the study of Silent Movies. They develop acting skills and directorial skills in both naturalistic and more exaggerated performance styles. Students are encouraged to use their instruments in lessons, and also to perform in Chamber Concerts, ensemble concerts, musicals, liturgies, assemblies and on overseas tours. Calendar & Term Dates; News; Gallery; About; History; Our Trustees; Admissions 2021-22; Admission Appeals; Entrance Exams Familiarisation Papers; Governors ; Staff List 2019-20; Ofsted Report; Policies; School Hire; Staff Vacancies and School Direct; Secure Area Login; Catholic Ethos. (This is a summary – see an overview of the entire PSHE Curriculum elsewhere on the website). They will learn to prepare and cook a range of predominately savoury dishes gaining confidence and independence each year. There is a project in the spring term of Year 8 where pupils research life in the town of Pompeii and the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. Year 9 occasionally refer to the textbook Amici; this year of study aims to expand on the core grammar and vocabulary covered in year 8, but also on preparing the students for the specific exam skills of the new GCSE syllabus (eg.translation). Pupils learn to solve a range of numerical problems, in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts, including those involving fractions and percentage. They devise an original piece of theatre with scenes inspired by the different theatre practitioners we have studied. They solve equations, use formulae and construct graphs. Topics include: healthy eating including the 8 tips and dietary goals, and the nutritional requirements of different groups of people. In Tutorial, pupils have followed the Induction programme incorporating lessons on emotional literacy and they have participated in team building activities. Education for Living – she has learned more about human reproduction with the emphasis on responsible parenthood and relationships. Design and Technology develops our pupils critical thinking and innovation skills as well as practical knowledge of construction and manufacturing processes that are transferable to a range of careers. The girls have developed 3D construction techniques linked to the theme of ‘Shelters’, allowing them also to explore their drawing skills further and printmaking. In ‘Shape and Space’ pupils consolidate and extend their knowledge on volume, loci and study interior and exterior angles in n-sided polygons. Pupils produce a project on the city in the spring term. Module One: The pupils continue to build on skills gained from prior learning. The rich historical opportunities available in London are utilised fully with history visits to the Tower of London and St Pauls Cathedral. Science is a popular subject and the pupils enjoy the opportunity of taking part in practical experiments and seeing the concepts they are studying in their theory lessons. A range of topics will be covered: health and safety; basic nutrition; healthy eating; dietary guidelines, including the ‘Eatwell Guide’; introduction to practical cookery skills; food from other cultures; use of a range of kitchen equipment. We aim to give pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of topics throughout Key Stage 3 in the hope of fostering a passion and interest for geography and the world around them. Many students learn an instrument (or two!) The development of confidence, tolerance, resilience and the appreciation of one’s own and others’ strengths and weaknesses are considered to be an important part of the learning process where personalising learning and challenge are integral to success and embed values such as fairness and respect. Students have three English lessons per week in addition to a library lesson in Year 7, where they are guided in their reading experience and encouraged to maintain a reading journal. The KS3 curriculum offers a comprehensive range of experiences to meet the needs of the students, is designed to inspire all pupils, allowing them to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. They start to look at a diverse range of cultures, and the significance of jewellery within them. To increase knowledge and promote positive attitudes to health and fitness.2. at school, with weekly lessons. We also introduce the Greek alphabet and some basic vocabulary in ancient Greek. Our curriculum is organised into half-termly projects. The key elements of the language and translation are taught together in Roman life and culture, including topics such as the Forum, Food and Drink, Slavery, Gladiators and the Romans in Britain. St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School Home; School. They complete a written reflection on the process of devising their piece and evaluate the success of both their group and individual performance. This course consolidates and extends practical skills, ensuring that all pupils are confident in making a repertoire of dishes. They use algebraic notation to describe patterns and sequences, including sequences of a quadratic nature Pupils calculate lengths, areas and volumes of two and three-dimensional shapes. Holyfield farm is visited in the spring term to look at the inputs and outputs of a farm system. Year 8 pupils will study ecosystems and management issues within the tropical rain forest and other biomes.