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Human Society and Its Environment is the key learning area in which students develop knowledge, understandings, skills, and values and attitudes about people and their social and physical environments. K–6 syllabuses are organised in broad stages that describe the sequence of learning experiences through which students will progress. The outcomes and content in this Human Society and Its Environment K–6 Syllabus are organised in four strands:

  • Change and Continuity
  • Cultures
  • Environments
  • Social Systems and Structures


Through the learning experiences, students will develop knowledge and essential understandings about Australia’s history and geography, the people who live within its territory and their social, cultural, economic and political lives. They will learn about Australians, European influences, the original occupation of Australia by Aboriginal people and Australia’s shared history, Australia in the context of the Asian and Pacific regions and the world, and other cultures in the world.