History is a mandatory 100 hour course in each of Stages 4 and 5. Stage 4 students learn about a range of human experiences from the ancient past and modern world. Stage 5 students focus on the making of the modern world and Australia through two mandatory depth studies and a choice of at least another two depth studies from the History K–10 Syllabus. An historical site study is mandatory for both Stage 4 and 5 students.

A study of history examines the past to help explain how people, places and events have shaped our world today. Through a process of historical inquiry, students study the key historical concepts of:

  • cause and effect
  • change and continuity
  • significance
  • perspectives
  • empathy
  • contestability.

Students explore the different stories, perspectives and interpretations of the past using a range of sources. They also use this evidence to provide their own point of view using historical research and skills. These skills are outlined in the continuum of skills in history K–10 which is available to download from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)website.

Programming suggestions and resources may help with the teaching of Stages 4 and 5 history.

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