HUMANITIES

Year 5 and 6

Students in Year 5 and 6 complete 8 Inquiry based units of work over a two-year cycle. Each inquiry is centered around a guiding statement for that inquiry. These statements are derived from the four ‘Key Ideas’ in Humanities as stated in the Australian Curriculum:
- Who we are, who came before us, and traditions and values that have shaped societies
- How societies and economies operate and how they are changing over time
- The ways people, places, ideas and events are perceived and connected
- How people exercise their responsibilities, participate in society and make informed decisions

Each inquiry unit is transdisciplinary, branching into other subjects such as Mathematics and English wherever applicable. Students study the ways of life of people in the past, the impact of voyages of discovery and the sequence of major events in Australia. They explore a Personal Identity unit and Indigenous Culture. They undertake a field trip to Sovereign Hill in Year 5 and study pioneers, early settlement and gold. Students develop research skills using a variety of information resources. They develop their presentation skills and learn to present their findings in a range of ways using technology. In Economics, students describe the difference between needs and wants, and their own roles as producers and consumers of goods and services. Students identify the need for rules and laws and the values that underpin rule and law making. They undertake a study tour in Canberra in Year 6 to investigate the parliamentary process and other aspects of the capital. In students’ studies of Asia, they identify similarities and differences in countries, geography and cultures throughout Asia. The historical aspect of this subject involves students studying significant events and people in Australia’s history since Federation. They explore the sequence of events related to Australia’s history and describe why selected events were significant in the development of Australia as it is today. Students are encouraged to think deeply about issues and where applicable, take action, to raise awareness and help make our community a better, more informed place to live.