Humanities and Social Sciences

The Humanities and Social Sciences are the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. The humanities and social sciences have a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and consider challenges for the future.

In the Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises four subjects: History, Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship.

At Farrer Primary School this area of the curriculum is explored through inquiry units of work. Students are invited to share prior knowledge and understandings about the areas being explored. They pose wonderings that capture what they want to learn. Teachers plan the teaching and learning program accordingly. Through inquiry units, there are opportunities to make genuine connections with other areas of the curriculum.

Some current inquiries our students will be exploring are

What makes a family?

What is my history? How do I know?

How has home life changed over time?

How is school different now to in the past?

What is technology? How has it changed over time?

What connections do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to country and place?

What is the geography of different countries? How are they alike / different?

What are the roles and responsibilities do citizens have?

How have figures and events shaped Australia as a nation?

Samples of children's prior knowledge and wonderings.