HSIE (Human society and its environment)


Early Stage One
Kindergarten

Change and Continuity; Cultures; Environments; Social Systems and Structures. Students identify personally significant events, places and people and compare these with those of their peers. They use language associated with time, change and place.

Students examine characteristics common to people, including Aboriginal peoples, describing some of the similarities and differences. They acquire information by direct observation, talking to others, and by viewing, reading and listening to texts.

Students identify and explore familiar natural and built environments, how to care for them and the activities that occur in them. They communicate knowledge and understanding orally, through writing and drawing, and by constructing models.

Students identify people’s needs and explain how these are met individually and cooperatively. They explore roles, responsibilities and rules in the classroom and at home.


Stage One
Years 1 & 2

Change and Continuity; Cultures; Environments; Social Systems and Structures.Students recount important family and community traditions and practices. They sequence events in the past and explain changes in their lives, in their communities and in other communities.

Students explore the composition of a number of groups, including Aboriginal peoples, in their community and recognise that groups have specific identifying features, customs, practices, symbols, religion, language and traditions. They acquire information about their local community by direct and indirect experience and communicate with others using various forms of electronic media.

Students make comparisons between natural, heritage and built features of the local area and examine the human interaction with these features. They investigate the relationship between people and environments including the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the land. Students use the language of location in relative terms and construct and use pictorial maps and models of familiar areas.

Students identify roles, responsibilities and rules within the family, school and community and explore their interaction. They describe how people and technologies link to produce goods and services to satisfy needs and wants.