Social Sciences

Studies of Society and Environment (also known as Social Sciences) expands students' understanding of:

  • Their own society
  • Other societies
  • Local and global environments
  • The relationship between environments and societies.

In particular, studies in this curriculum area develops students' knowledge about Australia, the diversity of its people, its cultural, built and natural environmental heritage, its political, economic and legal systems and its place in the world.

Core Curriculum

At present our curriculum in Social Sciences is based upon the 'Every Chance To Learn: ACTCurriculum Framework'. In particular it draws upon four Essential Learning Achievements:

21.  The student understands about Australia and Australians.

22.  The student understands and values what it means to be a citizen within a democracy.

23.  The student understands world issues and events.

24.  The student makes informed choices about money and finance.

The NSW K-6 HSIE Syllabus and the corresponding Units of Work are used as support documents.

Teaching & Learning Opportunities: Integration

Teachers work together in teams to create Integrated Units of Work as vehicles for learning in Social Sciences. Integrated Units of Work are planned around significant concepts (e.g 'stainability', 'interdependence', 'democracy'). They involve students in learning activities that build factual knowledge about the world and link this with their own every-day life. Through an inquiry process students are able to develop deeper understandings about the world and act on these understandings. This results in students making significant contributions to their local community.