In Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) students learn about history, geography, civics and citizenship. They investigate their personal and community identity, and gain an understanding of their nation and its place in the world. They learn to participate effectively in maintaining and improving the quality of their society and environment.

Inquiry-Based Learning

At Salamah College, students engage in Inquiry-Based Learning through exploring ‘big ideas’ and contributing questions in each unit of work. To cope with the demands of today’s world, students need to know more than just the core subjects. They need to know how to use their knowledge and skills by thinking critically, applying knowledge to new situations, analysing information, comprehending new ideas, communicating, collaborating, solving problems, and making decisions. Inquiry Learning is a process whereby students are involved in their learning, formulate questions, investigate widely, and then build new understandings, meanings, and knowledge. Inquiry is the process in which a learner uses their background knowledge to approach new situations and ask questions to find out more.


In Kindergarten

  • tell stories about family heritage and use language such as ‘time’, ‘change’ and ‘place’
  • talk about how families are similar and different, and how the needs of individuals are met in a family
  • get involved in class discussions about special events and cultural celebrations, eg Anzac Day
  • talk about the different roles and responsibilities in the classroom, school and home
  • do things that show care for their home, classroom, school and/or environment
  • listen to Dreaming stories
  • talk about their home’s features and location


Some Year 1 and Year 2 examples

  • talk about the lives of people in their family and community, past and present
  • talk about customs, practices, symbols, languages and traditions of their family and other people they know who belong to different groups and families
  • recognise Aboriginal people as the first Australians
  • learn about their local community and how it has changed over time
  • use maps and globes to locate places and countries
  • show an understanding of the relationship between environments and people and what they can do to help protect their environment


Some Year 3 and Year 4 examples

  • learn that Australian history spans thousands of years
  • talk about and identify different roles and responsibilities within the school and community
  • investigate the various ways to care for the local environment and what they can do at home and school to help protect the environment
  • investigate the local area to identify important people in history
  • describe similarities and differences between communities in Australia, Asia and other places in the world, including religions, languages and cultures
  • learn about early Australian explorers, eg Bass and Flinders


Some Year 5 and Year 6 examples

  • learn about colonial exploration and the impact of the discovery of gold
  • use maps and globes to locate global and Australian regions, eg Asia-Pacific region, Riverina region
  • explain how laws are developed and changed through Australia’s government structure, eg responsibilities of local, state and federal governments
  • learn about what it means to be Australian
  • investigate an environmental issue of local, national and global significance and examine its impact on people and their world
  • describe the electoral process, including an understanding of the democratic processes

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