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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 2
  2. Human Society and Its Environment
  3. Foundation Statement
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Human Society and Its Environment – Stage 2 Foundation Statement

Change and Continuity
Students explore change in communities from different perspectives and evaluate the effects of change on individuals and groups, including Aboriginal peoples, and the environment. They understand key events related to the British colonisation of Australia and identify the changes and consequences for Aboriginal and other peoples and the continent.
Activities: Empathic Reflection: Captain Cook, British Colonisation: Letters, Life of Aboriginal People Before British Colonisation
Students explain how different cultures and traditions contribute to Australian and community identity. They examine a variety of local and other communities, investigating similarities and differences including ways of living, languages and belief systems.
Activities: Australian Identity
Students identify, locate and describe natural, heritage and built features in the local area and in other parts of Australia and explain their significance and management. They locate the four compass points and other significant features on a map and develop skills to locate and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
Activities: Life of Aboriginal People Before British Colonisation, What if there were no rules in the community?
Social Systems and Structures
Students examine roles, responsibilities, rights and the decision-making processes in schools and local government. They participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of school and community programs recognising how participation in these contributes to the quality of school and community life. They examine how technologies affect the provision of goods and services, lifestyles, the environment and monetary exchange. Students use a variety of texts and media to communicate information and data.
Activities: What if there were no rules in the community?
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