History and Geography


When we learn about History, students gain a deeper understanding into the background of their own story and journey. It stimulates students’ wonder about how the world works.

We teach St Rose students to become aware that history is all around us, consisting of many stories and multiple perspectives. It provides insights into the experiences and struggles of different cultural groups. History helps explain how people, events and forces from the past have shaped our current world.

Historical inquiry provides the context for St Rose students to explore significant concepts such as respect, power, identity, service, cause and effect, change and continuity, significance, empathy and contestability.

Historical information may be drawn from artefacts as well as written, visual and oral sources of evidence and teaches children to critically analyse and interpret these sources. Our History studies support students to participate as engaged, knowledgeable and responsible citizens.

In History, our students investigate:

  • Personal and Family Histories
  • Present and Past Family Life
  • The Past in the Present
  • First Contacts
  • Community and Remembrance
  • The Australian Colonies
  • Australia as a Nation
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Through Geography, students study places and the relationships between people and their environments to build a deeper understanding of the world. The quality of the interaction between people and environments is critical for the future of the planet.

Our 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 just and sustainable future.

By applying inquiry skills, students wonder about and engage with concepts such as sustainability, community, relationships, change, place, space and interconnection. They formulate and investigate geographical questions, acquire, processes, analyse and interpret information through drawing on a range of tools, such as interpreting maps, undertaking field work, analysing graphs and statistics, applying spatial technologies and examining visual representations.  They make reasoned connections through evaluating and communicating their findings. Students reflect on their new insights and purposely respond to what they have learnt.  The learning undertaken by students supports them in their role to become active, responsible and informed citizens.

In Geography we learn:

  • People Live in Places
  • Features of Places
  • People and Places
  • The Earth’s Environment
  • Places are Similar and Different
  • Factors That Shape Places
  • A Diverse and Connected World
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