Humanities and Social Sciences
At Dianella Heights Primary School, our Humanities And Social Science subjects provide a broad understanding of the world in which we live, and how people can participate as active and informed citizens with high-level skills needed for the 21st century. The Humanities And Social Sciences are the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. In the Australian Curriculum, the HASS learning area comprises four subjects: History, Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship.
Through studying HASS at Dianella Heights Primary School, students will develop the ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change through inquiries and explicitly taught skills. The HASS subjects are integrated with English, Numeracy, Arts and other areas.
Inquiry learning is about learning HOW to learn and developing a greater understanding of the world around us. During an inquiry, students’ perceptions are challenged and research skills are taught explicitly to create life long learners with a sense of curiosity.
To achieve this, we use an inquiry model based on Kath Murdoch’s inquiry research. The inquiry model has six phases:
- TUNING IN – Establishing prior knowledge, creating curiosity, posing initial questions.
- FINDING OUT – Gathering information from a range of sources and developing research skills.
- SORTING OUT – Analysing information and making meaning, including feeling, values and attitudes about the topic.
- GOING FURTHER – Extending understanding of the topic, generating more specific questions and develop research skills.
- MAKING CONNECTIONS – Presenting findings and understandings on the topic.
- REFLECTING AND TAKING ACTION – Reflect on the learning process and making the connection between new understandings and the students’ experiences.