The History curriculum uses an inquiry approach to explore local, regional and global history. It is designed to equip students for the world and to develop their curiosity and imagination. The students develop an understanding of the past and present. This knowledge and understanding is essential for informed and active participation in Australia's diverse society.

The History curriculum is organised into two interrelated strands Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills.

Historical Knowledge and Understanding includes:

  • personal, family, local, state or territory, national, regional and world history

  • study of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped world history

  • exploration of key concepts for developing historical understanding such as: evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, perspectives, empathy and contestability

Historical Skills include skills used in the process of historical inquiry:

  • chronology, terms and concepts

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  • the analysis and use of sources

  • perspectives and interpretations

  • explanation and communication

At St Francis Xavier students are actively involved in developing questions based around the curriculum content in order for them to research and seek out answers. This approach is applied to all year levels in order to develop curious learners and critical thinkers from an early age.

At St Francis Xavier we aim to ensure that students develop:

  • Interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens.  

  • Knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society.

  • Understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability.

  • Capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in the analysis and use of sources, and in explanation and communication.