Humanities and Social Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences is a diverse and engaging Key Learning Area. It is guided by the Australian Curriculum – History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Business and Economics. The Australian Curriculum gives students the opportunity to study human behaviour and interactions in a cultural, social, environmental, political and economic context.
The students engage in units that deepen their knowledge and understanding of a variety of concepts, whilst developing skills in researching, critical thinking, problem-solving, adapting to change, questioning, identifying perspectives, interpreting sources, communicating and presenting, analysing, explaining and using appropriate terms. This provides them with the ability to become lifelong learners with skills in higher-order thinking and problem-solving. The Curriculum is designed to progressively built upon student skills from the Preparatory until Year 10. It includes contexts from the personal level to the global area and considers challengers for Australia’s future.
In the Junior Years (Prep - Year 5): Students will follow the Australian Curriculum syllabus documents for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, HPE and Languages. In 2016 we will be implementing Version 8 Australian Curriculum for Learning Areas. This rollout will be completed in 2017. The tenth Learning Area is Religion, where we follow the Brisbane Guidelines. Curriculum content and achievement standards are made explicit within the Australian Curriculum. Junior Years staff are responsible for the selection of the most suitable pedagogical approach for the students within their care. This ensures the best possible teaching and learning opportunities can take place at all times.
In the Middle Years (Years 6 – 9): Through an inquiry process, students in Years 6 - 9 study a range of Historical, Geographical and Civics topics that enable them to become active participants in today’s society. These young people are our future politicians, scientists, farmers and military; therefore, it is essential they learn from our historical origins and lead Australia into the future. The Humanities Learning Area is enriched through the use of assessment designed to allow students to explore and investigate topics to their full extent and caters to student diversity and interest levels, providing many opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the content as well as their skill development.
Year 6 delve into the formation of Australia as a Federated Nation and citizenship equity issues. They discover where Australia is in relationship to Asian countries and the global and local agencies that assist during natural disasters. Whereas Year 7 engage in studies of the formation and destruction of Ancient Societies through an archaeological context. They discover the areas of concern with world water resources and analyse the liveability of their local area. Year 8 learn about how the significant people and events of Medieval Europe and Polynesian communities impact society today. They discover the world of urban vs rural development and virtually tour Uluru as they discover the human interactions on natural formations of Australasia. Year 9 analyse how we are connected globally, the world biomes and our ability to feed our future world. They also conduct studies into the Industrial Revolution, Qing Dynasty and World War 1 and how these events have influenced Australia and the World.
Students participate in a number of enrichment activities:
- Year 6 - Federation Day.
- Year 7 - Archaeological dig.
- Year 8 - Medieval Day.
- Year 9 - Electives: Making Money, Ancient Mysteries, Law and Disorder and Horrible Histories and Judging Justice.
In the Senior Years (Years 10 – 12): Years 11 and 12 students have the option to study Ancient History and/or Modern History. Students learn how to locate and use primary and secondary evidence to form and substantiate their arguments in response to a range of historical questions. Geography and History are offered as core subjects in Year 10 and as OP eligible elective subjects in Years 11 and 12.