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Human society and its environment

In human society and its environment (HSIE), the subjects of history and geography are mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10, where students study specific historical and geographical concepts and skills. 

In HSIE, students explore varied subjects in human society and its environment to learn about history, geography, people, societies and culture.

Students also have an opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and environments in which they live through elective subjects.

A large number of individual subjects make up the key learning area of HSIE in which students:

  • research, gather and analyse information
  • question and make judgements
  • write for a variety of purposes.                                                                     

HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment) involves History and Geography

In this Learning Area students develop knowledge, understanding, skills and values and attitudes about people and their social and physical environments.

Students develop skills that enable them to acquire information, use an inquiry process and participate in social and civic life.
Values and attitudes relate to social justice, intercultural understanding, ecological sustainability, democratic processes, beliefs and moral codes and lifelong learning are incorporated into the outcomes and content of the syllabus.
To also enhance students' abilities to communicate, increase their cultural awareness and cross-cultural understanding and assist them to develop a greater understanding of their own language and culture.
Interactive whiteboard and computer activities are integrated into the learning program.

Excursions and Performances
Excursions, incursions and performances are organised to complement both class and school programs.
Overnight excursions are organised for students in Year 5 and Year 6 to Bathurst and Canberra in alternate years.