Our world is becoming increasingly culturally diverse and dynamically interconnected. It is therefore important that our students understand their world, past and present, and develop the capacity to respond to challenges creatively in an informed way.
The Western Australian Curriculum for the Humanities and Social Sciences plays a critical role in harnessing students’ innate curiosity and imagination about the world they live in. Through the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences, East Victoria Park Primary teachers aim to empower students to actively shape their lives; make reflective, informed decisions and value their belonging in a diverse and dynamic society. In turn, encouraging them to positively contribute locally, nationally, regionally and globally.
Reflecting and responding to modern issues requires an understanding of different perspectives; the key historical, geographical, political, economic and societal factors involved; and how these different factors interrelate. The Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum is broken into four different subject areas; History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business. Students in Pre-Primary to Year Six, study History and Geography. In Year Three students are introduced to Civics and Citizenship. Economics and Business is taught to our Year Five and Six students.
At East Victoria Park we teach the Humanities and Social Science through a guided inquiry approach that allows students to learn with purpose and depth. This approach empowers students to develop the skills, behaviours and capabilities that will provide a foundation to equip them to face challenges in their lifetime and to participate in and contribute to the wellbeing and sustainability of the environment, the economy and society. Through studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students are given opportunities to develop their ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change.
At East Victoria Park Primary School, the Humanities and Social Sciences allows students to become well placed to contribute to Australia’s ideas of a cohesive society, sustainable environment, productive economy and stable democracy. This in turns mirrors the East Victoria Park Primary School motto of “Welcoming All- Attaining Excellence.”