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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. 

History and Geography, HSIE/COGs:

In 2016, all K–6 schools will continue to teach the Cultures, Environments and Social Systems and Structures strands in the current HSIE K–6 Syllabus and teach the new History syllabus in place of the Change and Continuity strand.

History- Scootle resources for each school year

Geography- Scootle resources

Civics and Citizenship resources- Scootle website

(When K–6 schools begin teaching the new Geography syllabus, it will be in place of the Cultures, Environments and Social Systems and Structures strands in the current HSIE K–6 Syllabus)

There are many other resources available through Scootle, which is the site where TaLe resources can also be found- TaLe website discontinued.

Help for homework and assignments on many topics- see SchoolAtoZ website.

Splash ABC website- many different resources for History and Geography, organised by topic and type of resource

Other Teacher Resources:
Smart Notebooks for COGs units from School Libraries website
Connected learning and COGs-Smart Notebooks for COGs from Curriculum Support website
COGs resource lists- from School Libraries and Information Literacy website
Board of Studies HSIE units

BOSTES History syllabus and resources

BOSTES Geography syllabus and resources

Global Words website from PETA integrating English and Global Citizenship- units of work

(Updated 15/01/16)