Teaching & Learning

Human Society and Its Environment (History & Geography)

At St Brendan’s when engaging in learning about History and Geography, our students will meet learning outcomes that summarise the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes essential for all students to succeed in and beyond their schooling.

History

History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that helps to explain how people, events and forces from the past have shaped our world. It allows students to locate and understand themselves and others in the continuum of human experience up to the present. History provides opportunities for students to explore human actions and achievements in a range of historical contexts. Students become aware that history is all around us and that historical information may be drawn from the physical remains of the past as well as written, visual and oral sources of evidence. All teaching and learning programs are based on the History Syllabus.

When engaging in History lessons:

  • Students investigate their personal, family and community history.
  • They develop understanding of Australia’s Indigenous and colonial history and how Australia became a nation.
  • Students learn about historical concepts, such as viewing an historical event from a different point of view, and historical skills, such as using historical sources for an investigation. 

Geography

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. It is a rich and complex discipline that integrates knowledge from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for the world and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future. All teaching and learning programs are based on the Geography Syllabus.

When engaging in Geography lessons:

  • Students investigate people, places and environments.
  • They explore geographical concepts, such as place and sustainability, through real world examples and issues.
  • Students learn how to acquire, process and communicate geographical information using geographical tools and inquiry.