Years 7 and 8 Academic Extension Program
The Academic Extension Program, introduced in 2015 to extend and support academically able students, is offered to Year 7 and 8 students as an innovative two-year program that uses the Big History Project (BHP) as its foundation to provide an extension in cross-curricular content and learning skills.
The Big History Program, in essence, is a history course which covers 13.7 billion years, from the Big Bang to Modernity, seeking common themes and patterns to understand people, civilizations and the world we live in.
The BHP encourages students to grasp the entire scale of human history through evaluating a variety of perspectives and frameworks, allowing them to develop high-level thinking skills critical for future learning. The course inspires students and caters for a variety of interests and abilities in a way that will prepare them to excel in their future schooling at Broome Senior High School and beyond.
The course is run over 5 lessons per week (gaining an additional lesson on the general subjects) and provides for a range of group and independent assessment strategies that will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills across the WA Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum, and the Big History Program online coursework.
The first term of the Year 7 program works to directly teach and familiarise the students with the BHP concepts and familiarise students with the course and the website. In subsequent school terms, students cover the entire course more independently, with focus paid to topics of interest. The course makes use of guest speakers and specialised teachers to add value to the students’ learning.
As from 2018, there has been a Year 8 class attached to the program. Broome Senior High School has been chosen to develop this course in conjunction with the Big History Project for Australian and Western Australian based schools. The format in Year 8 builds on the ideas of the Year 7 program and adds an increased emphasis on student-centred project-based learning with a cross-cultural and cross-curriculum focus.
In previous years, students have also embarked on a Japanese Learning Experience – a trip to Japan which allows them to encounter the modern world at its peak, before finishing their course with predictions on the future and creating a final presentation asserting the next threshold for our planet. These predictions are a showcase of student learning throughout the year and are then presented during an evening event combining the Year 7 and 8 Academic Extension classes. From 2021, the program aims to explore the possibility of interstate, national and international excursions that align with the themes and ideas of the program.
For further information about the Academic Extension Program please see the Academic Extension Coordinator – Ms Emily Criddle or Head of Learning Area, HaSS – Ms Kate Murrihy.