The Humanities and Social Sciences encompasses the knowledge and understanding of history, geography and civics and citizenship to give children a deep understanding of the world they live in. At Whitefriars Catholic School teachers integrate the sub-strands to develop units of inquiry to cover the curriculum content.
History - R-6
Childrens' curiosity and imagination are developed through inquiry into the past. History brings about an understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earliest times. The study of History encourages skills such as asking relevant questions, critically analysing and interpreting sources and respecting and explaining different perspectives.
Geography - R-6
Geography is a structured way of exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of the places that make up our world, using the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for that world, and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future.
Civics and Citizenship - 3-6
Civics and Citizenship provides opportunities for children to develop their understanding about democracy, laws and citizens, and citizenship, diversity and identity.