Brief philosophy, objectives, and engagement
These years represent a transition to secondary school. In DUCV students in this pathway are continuing to study Arabic, bringing with them an established capability to interact in different situations, to engage with a variety of texts and to communicate about their immediate world and that of Arabic-speaking countries and communities overseas.
The focus of learning shifts between the world of learners’ own experience and imagination and the wider world. Learners make cross-curricula connections and explore intercultural perspectives and experiences relating to teenage life and interests. They engage in a range of interactions with others, expressing their feelings, exchanging and clarifying their views, describing and explaining their actions and responses, and negotiating and making arrangements. They develop the ability to read, understand and comprehend simple text in Arabic and be able to translate them into English.
In year 7 Art, students are taught how to develop their awareness of how artists, craftspeople, and designers bring their ideas to life through various visual representations, practices, and viewpoints. They continue to use and apply appropriate visual language and visual conventions with increasing complexity, extending their thinking and understanding of perceptual and conceptual skills.
Students are encouraged to consider the qualities and sustainable properties of materials, techniques, technologies, and processes to create and produce their artworks. They also learn to consider social, ethical, economic, environmental, and cultural factors when creating their artworks, individually or as part of a theme or concept.
The curriculum at DUCV emphasizes the elements and principles of art, including how artists manipulate visual elements and mix them with design principles to create a piece of art. Students are taught modern art techniques such as watercolor painting, color pencil coloring, and mosaic art techniques. They also learn about different art techniques used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, such as dot painting, rock painting, and bush medicine leaves, and the storytelling aspect of Aboriginal artworks through symbols.
Mixed media is also explored in year 7 Art, with students learning about different mediums and the importance of recycling resources when creating works of art. They also study examples of self-portraits in art history, looking at metaphors and symbolism, and create a metaphorical self-portrait using mixed media.
Overall, year 7 Art at DUCV provides students with opportunities to design, create, and evaluate visual solutions to selected themes and concepts through a variety of visual arts forms, styles, techniques, and processes as they make and respond to visual artworks.
Students look at the features of logo designing in the media and create their own logo for their own made-up business.
At DUCV the English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. Our teaching and learning programs balance and integrate all three strands. Together, the strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Learning in English builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and our teachers revisit and strengthen these as needed.
In Year 7 students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, read, view, interpret, evaluate and perform a range of spoken, written and multimodal texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade. These include various types of media texts including newspapers, magazines and digital texts, early adolescent novels, non-fiction, poetry and dramatic performances. Students develop their understanding of how texts, including media texts, are influenced by context, purpose and audience.
Students also create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive types of texts, for example narratives, procedures, performances, reports and discussions, and continue to create literary analyses and transformations of texts.
The Humanities and social sciences at DUCV involves the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, business, legal and political contexts. Through the study of Humanities students can:
- develop an understanding of human progress and the ways in which this has impacted on societies over time.
- explore important questions about the biological, physical and technological world.
- be empowered to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions, and adapt to change.
- make reflective and informed decisions, to engage in ways that shape a better world through the wellbeing and sustainability of the environment, economy, and society.
Through a range of inquiry-based projects and an integrated curriculum, students view the world from a range of perspectives past, present and future. The Humanities strands allows students to develop respect for social, cultural and religious diversity.
4 periods per week
Study of mathematics at DUCV focuses on following key areas:
- Numbers and Algebra
- Measurement and Geometry
- Probability and Statistics
Students develop the following proficiencies while engaging with the content:
By the end of Year 7, students solve problems involving the comparison, addition and subtraction of integers. They make the connections between whole numbers and index notation and the relationship between perfect squares and square roots. They solve problems involving percentages and all four operations with fractions and decimals. They compare the cost of items to make financial decisions. Students represent numbers using variables. They connect the laws and properties for numbers to algebra. They interpret simple linear representations and model authentic information. Students describe different views of three-dimensional objects. They represent transformations in the Cartesian plane. They solve simple numerical problems involving angles formed by a transversal crossing two lines. Students identify issues involving the collection of continuous data. They describe the relationship between the median and mean in data displays.
Mathematics Integers, indices, factors, primes, rational numbers, decimals, percentage, Algebra, measurement, probability and statistics.
6 periods a week
Quran enhancement program iat DUCV is to work towards every member within the school community to be Quran literate. This entails being able to read Quran with Tarteel and fluency, memorise minimum amount of Surah from the Quran, having an understanding of the Quran and continue to make Quran recitation as part of their protected daily routine. This will also promote the wellbeing of every member of the school community through the Divine light from the Quran.
5 periods per week
- Naathirah: Juz 7-30 (3 pages daily)
- Memorisation: (Al-Infitaar till An-Naba’, Revision An-Naas till Al-Mutaffifeen)
- Naathirah : ( Al-Maaidah Ayat 83 till Surah Yusuf Ayat 52)
- Memorisation : Al-Infitaar and Revision An-Nas till Al-A'la)
- Naathirah: (Yusuf Ayat 53 till Al-Furqaan Ayat 20)
- Memorisation: (An-Nas till At-Takweer)
- Naathirah: (Al-Furqaan Ayat 21 till Al-Fussilaat Ayat 46)
- Memorisation: (An-Naas till Abasa)
- Naathirah: (Al-Fussilaat Ayat 47 till An-Naas)
- Memorisation: (An-Naas till An-Naba’ )
In Year 7, students explore the diversity of life on Earth and continue to develop their understanding of the role of classification in ordering and organising information. They use and develop models such as food chains, food webs and the water cycle to represent and analyse the flow of energy and matter through ecosystems and explore the impact of changing components within these systems. They consider the interaction between multiple forces when explaining changes in an object’s motion. They explore the notion of renewable and non-renewable resources and consider how this classification depends on the timescale considered. They investigate relationships in the Earth-sun-moon system and use models to predict and explain events. Students make accurate measurements and control variables to analyse relationships between system components. They explore and explain these relationships through appropriate representations and consider the role of science in decision making processes.
- Working Scientifically
- Habitats and Interactions
- Properties of substances
- Earth resources
- Earth in space
Islamic Tarbiyah at Darul Ulum College focuses on the theoretical aspects of Islam as well as the practical ordinances, so that students are able to better practice Islam themselves as well as convey it to others. Islamic Tarbiyah focuses on nurturing students in a manner in which they will adopt and incorporate Islamic morals and values into each and every facet of their daily lives.
The primary goal of Islamic Tarbiyah is to help our children grow to be the finest examples of Islamic behaviour in practice, and to become valuable members of their communities
Islamic Tarbiyah provides a framework for developing students' knowledge of the purpose of our existence in this world. It educates the students about their Creator and His attributes. It provides the knowledge essential to gaining true success i.e. the pleasure of our Lord. Students learn that Islam is a complete and the best way of life. It presents an environment conducive for the students to develop their Akhlaq (character).
3 periods per week
Islamic Tarbiyah at DUCV covers multi-dimensional key learning areas with significant theoretical aspects and practical applications.
Key learning areas to be covered in Semester One are:
- Islamic Jurisprudence [Fiqh]
- Islamic Beliefs [Aqaa-id]
- Etiquettes and Prophetic Traditions [Adab Sunnah]
- Islamic Theme: Taqwa [Fear of Allah] and Simplicity/ Gratitude
- Traditions of the Prophet PBUH [Ahaadith]
Key learning areas to be covered in Semester Two are:
- Islamic History [Taa-reekh]
- Autobiography of the Prophet PBUH [Seerah]
- Personal and Spiritual Development
- Etiquettes and Prophetic Traditions [Adab Sunnah]
- Islamic Theme : Daawah and Tabligh [Invitation and Propagation of Religion], Akhlaq [Character] and Ikhlas [Sincerity]
- Traditions of the Prophet PBUH [Ahaadith]