Rationale

At St Denis, our students are engaged in process of inquiry into the past that develops their curiosity and imagination.

It helps students appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day.

The process of historical inquiry develops transferable skills, such as the ability to ask relevant questions; critically analyse and interpret sources; consider context; respect and explain different perspectives; develop and substantiate interpretations, and communicate effectively.

An understanding of world history enhances students’ appreciation of Australian history. It enables them to develop an understanding of the past and present experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their identity and the continuing value of their culture. It also helps students to appreciate Australia's distinctive path of social, economic and political development, its position in the Asia-Pacific region, and its global interrelationships. This knowledge and understanding is essential for informed and active participation in Australia's diverse society.

Aims

The Australian Curriculum: History aims to ensure that students develop:

  • interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society
  • understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability
  • capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in the analysis and use of sources, and in explanation and communication.

 

Content Structure

The Australian Curriculum: History is organised into two interrelated strands: Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills.

Historical Knowledge and Understanding -This strand includes personal, family, local, state or territory, national, regional and world history.

Historical Skills -This strand promotes skills used in the process of historical inquiry: chronology, terms and concepts; historical questions and research; the analysis and use of sources; perspectives and interpretations; explanation and communication.

For further information on the Western Australian Curriculum – History, please go to http://wacurriculum.scsa.wa.edu.au/History/Rationale