Balgowlah Heights Public School

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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. 

Kindergarten

My family

Focuses on developing an understanding of who we are by exploring what we have in common with others and what is unique.

Mapping

Students will discuss how places and their features are represented on maps. Students will investigate familiar places and features and explore why these are important to people.

Year 1

Students will learn about:

  • changes in weather and seasons
  • the impact on seasons/weather on animals

Students will learn to:

  • Communicate geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry.

Year 2

Students will learn about local history and Aboriginal place.

Students will learn to investigate historical sites

Year 3

The curriculum includes history, geography and Japanese. History will be a focus during Semester 1 and geography will be a focus during Semester 2. Japanese is taught weekly by Mrs Sue Palmer.

History

Students will study a unit ‘Community and Remembrance' which is based on the following inquiry questions:

  • Who lived here first and how do we know?
  • How has our community changed? What features have been lost and what features have been retained?
  • What is the nature of the contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community?
  • How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?

 

Year 4

History will be a focus during Semester 1 and Geography will be a focus during Semester 2. Japanese is taught weekly by Mrs Sue Palmer.

History

Students will study a unit called ‘First Contacts' which is based on the following inquiry questions:

  • Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
  • What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • Why did Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

Students will complete an exploration project. They will be required to outline the voyages of one early explorer, eg Zheng He, Torres, Jansz, Tasman, Captain Cook or La Perouse, and explain the impact of their voyages.

Year 5

Students will investigate early immigration in Australia and the reasons for migration of different groups. They will learn about ways in which early migrants contributed to Australia's development, the experiences of migrants and about how primary and secondary sources can be used to help us understand the past.