Junior Curriculum, Year 9 - 10

Botany Downs Secondary College offers a broad range of courses to meet the needs of diverse students. We operate a 26 period weekly timetable for delivery of the curriculum (five one-hour periods from Tuesday to Thursday and six 50-minute periods on Monday).


Alongside the regular curriculum is our Building Learning Power programme that promotes metacognitive approaches to understand how to learn and mentoring processes focused on reflection on academic goals and progress. This is supported by Year 12 and 13 students.

The curriculum meets the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum where the Key Competencies and Values are developed within the eight learning areas.

Year 9

At Year 9 the emphasis is to provide a sound foundation of subjects. All subjects are compulsory, and with the exception of Mathematics are taught in Tutor Class groups. Learners have four periods per week each of English and Mathematics, and three period each of Health and Physical Education, Science and Social Studies.

These five subjects continue into Year 10 as compulsory. Learners also study two Languages (Japanese and French) three periods a week for one semester; and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) (approximately 10 weeks each of Music, Visual Art, Dance and Drama) and Technology (approximately 10 weeks each of Food, Multi-Materials, Textiles and Design and Visual Communication - formerly known as Graphics).


Core Compulsory Subjects:

Languages (2 terms each)

  • French
  • Japanese
  • or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (4 terms)

Physical Education and Health
Social Sciences
Technology (1 term each)

  • Food
  • Fabric
  • Materials
  • Graphics

Visual and Performing Arts (1 term each)

Year 10

At Year 10 learners continue with compulsory English, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. In addition they choose three options from the remaining learning areas (Languages, VPA, and Technology).

The continued emphasis at Year 10 is to further develop key competencies and subject knowledge and skills that set a strong foundation for senior studies.


Core Compulsory Subjects:

Sport Science and Health
Social Sciences


Optional Subjects:

Students to select 3 options. One option slot may be filled with two half year courses

Ancient Civilisations
Art - Practical
Business Studies
Design and Visual Communication

Digital Technology
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Food Technology
Investigative Geography
Media Studies
Multi-Materials Technology
Outdoor Education
Sport Science
Textiles Technology