Year 8 Fastcoach Program

Core Program

Our Year 8 Fastcoach Program covers the key subject areas of English (including Essay & Genre Writing), Maths and Science.

Our term courses are scheduled in line with public school term dates. There are 4 terms per year and usually 10 lessons per term, with one lesson each week. You can commence our courses at any time, however a new term starts in late January, April, July and October.

Our courses enable students to:

  • Improve English skills such as comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, genre and essay writing by using imaginative, interpretive and critical thinking to analyse and compose a variety of texts
  • Cover a variety of stimulating and challenging mathematics questions to systematically introduce and reinforce key concepts, and develop logical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Develop knowledge of science concepts and the scientific method through theoretical and practical learning and experimentation.

Program schedules are designed to allow maximum flexibility for students.

Course Structure
  • English (including Essay & Genre Writing), Maths and Science
  • 4 terms in a year, 10 weeks in a term
    3.5 hour lessons per week, during term
  • Students attend lessons at their allocated time schedule
  • Small class group based
  • Registered teachers
Course Outline

Year 8 ENGLISH

Term 1
Week 1 — Mystery And Suspense I: Characterisation
Week 2 — Mystery And Suspense II: Plotting and Structure
Week 3 — Mystery And Suspense III: Manipulation of Responders/Readers
Week 4 — Mystery And Suspense IV: The ‘Gothic’ and the ‘Other’
Week 5 — Understanding Literature I: The Short Story
Week 6 — Understanding Literature II: Drama
Week 7 — Understanding Literature III: Poetry
Week 8 — Understanding Literature IV: Screenplays
Week 9 — Speech and Lecturette Writing I: Topics and Research
Week 10 — Speech and Lecturette Writing II: Structure, Style and Presentation

Term 2
Week 1 — Essential Comprehension Skills I: Generic Prediction
Week 2 — Essential Comprehension Skills II: Question Types
Week 3 — Essential Comprehension Skills III: Developing Responses
Week 4 — Essential Comprehension Skills IV: Speed and Accuracy
Week 5 — Writing With Flare I: Anecdotal Text Types
Week 6 — Writing With Flare II: Short Stories
Week 7 — Writing With Flare III: The Feature Article
Week 8 — Writing With Flare IV: Op-Eds and Editorials
Week 9 — Approaching the Essay I: Structure and Style
Week 10 — Approaching the Essay II: Evidence and Strength of Argument

Term 3
1 The Art of Poetry: Capturing the moment
2 The Art of Poetry: Revealing Psychology
3 The Art of Poetry: Exploring Themes
4 The Art of Poetry: Experimenting with Form
5 Narrative Strategies: Using Suspense
6 Narrative Strategies: Using Point of View
7 Narrative Strategies: Using Atmosphere
8 The Review: Computer Games, Pop Music & Film
9 The Review: Novels
10 The Reading Skills Review

Term 4
Week 1 — Scripting : The Play on the Page and The Stage
Week 2 — Scripting : Film
Week 3 — Scripting : TV & Radio
Week 4 — Issues in Modern Life: Themes in Australian Literature
Week 5 — Issues in Modern Life: Search for Identity
Week 6 — Issues in Modern Life: Anxious Times
Week 7 — Three Rules in Success in Writing: Treating the Topic
Week 8 — Three Rules in Success in Writing: Using Structure and Style Appropriately
Week 9 — Three Rules in Success in Writing: Avoiding Generalisation
Week 10 — Adapting Media : From Short Story into Drama

Year 8 MATHS

Term 1
Week 1 — Quadrilaterals and Polygons
Week 2 — Congruence
Week 3 — Similarity
Week 4 — More about Congruence & Similarity
Week 5 — Factorisation
Week 6 — Simple Algebraic Fractions I
Week 7 — Simple Algebraic Fractions II
Week 8 — Revision & Test
Week 9 — Linear Equations I
Week 10 — Linear Equations II

Term 2
Week 1 — Rational Numbers
Week 2 — Equation & Identity I
Week 3 — Equation & Identity II
Week 4 — More about Factorisation
Week 5 — Geometry I
Week 6 — Geometry II
Week 7 — Geometry III
Week 8 — Revision & Test
Week 9 — Reinforcement of Geometry
Week 10 — Circumference and Arc Length of the Circle

Term 3
Week 1 — Area of a Sector of a Circle
Week 2 — Areas of Similar Figures
Week 3 — Changing the Subject of a Formula
Week 4 — Consumer Arithmetic I: Profit and Loss
Week 5 — Consumer Arithmetic II: Successive Discount & Simple Interest
Week 6 — Coordinate Geometry: Gradient
Week 7 — Coordinate Geometry: Perpendicular Lines
Week 8 — Revision & Test
Week 9 — Inequality I
Week 10 — Inequality II

Term 4
Week 1 — Linear Graphs
Week 2 — Simultaneous Linear Equations I: By Substitution
Week 3 — Simultaneous Linear Equations II: By Elimination
Week 4 — Simultaneous Linear Equations III: Problem Solving
Week 5 — Simultaneous Linear Equations IV: Graphical Method
Week 6 — Introduction to Polynomials
Week 7 — Operations on Polynomials
Week 8 — Revision & Test
Week 9 — Working Mathematically: Numerical Reasoning
Week 10 — Working Mathematically: Problem-Solving

Year 8 SCIENCE

Term 1
Week 1 — Particle Theory of Matter
Week 2 — Elements and Compounds
Week 3 — Introduction to the Periodic Table
Week 4 — Writing Simple Chemical Formulas
Week 5 — Physical and Chemical Changes
Week 6 — Simple Chemical Reactions
Week 7 — Forms of Energy and Energy in Fuels
Week 8 — Revision and Test
Week 9 — Energy Transformations
Week 10 — Work

Term 2
Week 1 — Using A Microscope
Week 2 — Cell Theory I
Week 3 — Cell Theory II
Week 4 — Tissues and Organs
Week 5 — Comparative Digestive System
Week 6 — Comparative Respiratory System
Week 7 — Skeletal System
Week 8 — Revision and Test
Week 9 — Circulatory System
Week 10 — The Heart

Term 3
Week 1 — Excretory System
Week 2 — Disease
Week 3 — Asexual and Sexual Reproduction
Week 4 — Human Reproductive System
Week 5 — Reproductive Technologies
Week 6 — Heat Energy
Week 7 — Energy Problems
Week 8 — Revision and Test
Week 9 — Skills and Data Processing Test
Week 10 — Reducing Energy Consumption

Term 4
Week 1 — Weathering and Erosion
Week 2 — Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils
Week 3 — Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks
Week 4 — Rock Formation and Ores
Week 5 — Processing of Ores and Metal Recycling
Week 6 — Acids and Bases
Week 7 — Carbon Compounds
Week 8 — Revision and Test
Week 9 — Food Science: Carbohydrates and Fats
Week 10 — Food Science: Proteins

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