New Lambton Heights Infants School

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Human society and its environment

In human society and its environment (HSIE), the subjects of history and geography are mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10, where students study specific historical and geographical concepts and skills. 

In HSIE, students explore varied subjects in human society and its environment to learn about history, geography, people, societies and culture.

Students also have an opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and environments in which they live through elective subjects.

A large number of individual subjects make up the key learning area of HSIE in which students:

  • research, gather and analyse information
  • question and make judgements
  • write for a variety of purposes. 

The key learning area of Human Society and Its Environment consists of History and Geography.

In History:

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

In Geography

  • 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.

(from Parents' Guide to NSW Syllabus: NESA)