Humanities & Social Sciences at West Beechboro Primary School

Humanities and Social Sciences is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. Humanities and Social Sciences at West Beechboro has a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and considers opportunities and challenges for the future.

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

By studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question; think critically; make decisions based on evidence; devise proposals for actions; and communicate effectively.

Thinking about, reflecting on, and responding to issues requires an understanding of the key historical, geographical, political, legal, economic, business and societal factors involved, and how these different factors interrelate.

The Humanities and Social Sciences subjects provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live and how people can participate as active and informed citizens in the 21st century.

At West Beechboro Primary School we use an inquiry based approach, that is being further developed and implemented throughout 2016, to assist children in making meaning of the world around them. Through subject specific topics which are established within each phase of learning, children develop their inquiry skills through posing questions and developing inquiries to research. They then have an opportunity to collect this information, learning to evaluate, analyse and interpret the effectiveness of the sources. Children develop the ability to think critically and creatively, and refine a variety of skills and capabilities that allow for an informed and active participation in Australia’s diverse society.

Humanities and Social Sciences are taught by classroom teachers. Through the integration of HASS subject knowledge and understandings into the English learning area, children are provided with enriched experiences and opportunities.



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