Key Learning Areas

Key Learning Areas

The NSW Education Standards (NESA) determines mandatory courses that all secondary schools in the state must complete. Additionally here at Loreto Normanhurst students have the opportunity to study a range of electives from Years 9 to 12, ranging from the creative arts to languages, humanities and sports sciences.

Curriculum Structure

Year 7

Students engage in the wide range of NESA mandated subjects, along with our Integrated Learning curriculum.  Students also complete the Languages and Cultural Studies course in Year 7, through which they have the opportunity to experience 3 languages, Chinese, French and Italian.  Additionally, each students’ learning experience is further enrhiched in Year 7 as they also engage with a wide variety of instruction in musical instruments and sporting activities via a timetabled lesson each fortnight.

Year 8

Students engage in the wide range of NESA mandated subjects along with our Integrated Learning curriculum.  Additionally, students complete Drama in Year 8 and undertake a language, choosing between Chinese, French and Italian.  

Year 9

Students engage with the wide range of NESA mandated subjects along with our Integrated Learning curriculum.  In Year 9 students also undertake three elective subjects that they choose in Semester 2 of Year 8.  

Year 10

Students engage with the wide range of NESA mandated subjects, along with our Integrated Learning curriculum.  Students also hone their interests and skills by moving to 2 electives in Year 10 in order to complete the mandatory History and Geography NESA courses.  

Year 11

Students complete 12-13 units in order to qualify for the NESA credential, the Record of School Achievement (RoSA).  In order to meet the 12-13 unit pattern of study students elect from a wide range of subjects that are on offer here at Loreto Normanhurst.  

The following subjects are compulsory in Year 11:

  • 2 units of English 
  • 1 or 2 units of Studies of Religion 

Year 12 

  • 2 units of English 
  • 1 or 2 units of Studies of Religion

 

Key Learning Areas and Subjects

DRAMA

Drama

Drama Elective

Drama

Year 8

Years 9-10

Years 11-12

ENGLISH

English

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)

English Advanced

English Studies

English Standard

English Extension 1

English Extension 2

Years 7-10

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Year 12

HISTORY

Mandatory History

Mandatory History 

History Elective 

Ancient History

Modern History 

History Extension 

Years 7-8 (semesterised)

Year 10

Year 9

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Year 12

LANGUAGES

Languages and Cultural Studies 

Chinese Elective 

French Elective

Italian Elective 

Chinese Continuers

French Beginners 

French Continuers 

French Extension 

Italian Beginners 

Italian Continuers

Italian Extension 

Year 7

Years 8-10

Years 8-10

Years 8-10

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Year 12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics 

Mathematics Standard 2

Mathematics Advanced 

Mathematics Extension 1

Mathematics Extension 2

Years 7-10

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 12

MUSIC

Music mandatory 

Music Elective 

Music 1 

Music 2 

Music Extension 

Years 7-8 (semesterised)

Years 9-10 

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Year 12

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

PDHPE mandatory 

Dance Elective

Physical Activities and Sports Studies (PASS) Elective 

Community and Family Studies (CAFS)

Dance

PDHPE

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies (SLR) 

Years 7-10

Years 9-10

Years 9-10

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Year 11 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 

Aboriginal Studies Elective

Religious Education

Aboriginal Studies

Studies of Religion 1

Studies of Religion 2

Years 9 and 10

Years 7-10

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

SOCIAL SCIENCE

 

Mandatory Geography

Geography Elective

Mandatory Geography

Commerce Elective

Economics

Geography

Legal Studies

Business Studies

Years 7-8 (semesterised)

Year 9

Year 10

Years 9-10

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Science

 

Science

Agricultural Technology Elective

Biology

Chemistry

Investigating Science

Physics

Science Extension

Years 7-10

Years 9-10

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 12

TECHNOLOGICAL AND APPLIED STUDIES (tas)

 

Technology Mandatory

Design and Technology Elective

Food Technology Elective

Information and Software Technology

Textiles Technology Elective

Design and Technology

Food Technology

Hospitality (VET subject)

Information and Processes Technology

Textiles Technology

Years 7-8

Years 9-10

Years 9-10

Years 9-10

Years 9-10

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Years 11-12

Visual Arts

 

Visual Arts mandatory

Visual Arts Elective

Visual Arts

Visual Design

Years 7-8 (semesterised)

Years 9-10

Years 11-12

Year 11