History develops students’ interest in and enjoyment of, exploring the past. A study of history examines the past to help explain how people, places and events have shaped our world today.

Students learn to apply the skills of investigating history, including:

  • analysing sources and evidence
  • sequencing major historical events
  • develop an understanding of historical concepts
  • develop research and communication skills
  • examine different perspectives to develop an empathy
  • construct logical arguments supported by relevant evidence
  • communicate effectively for different audiences and purposes

Students develop transferable skills associated with the process of historical inquiry. These include critical literacy skills, for example interpreting, analysing and weighing evidence; synthesising evidence from a variety of sources; and developing reasoned and evidence-based arguments. Students develop increasingly sophisticated skills and understanding from the close study of History.

The knowledge, understanding and skills that students acquire through studying History provide a firm foundation for further study, the world of work, active and informed citizenship, and for lifelong learning. It fosters a critical approach to understanding events, issues and interpretations as well as the effective communication of accounts conveying ideas, judgements and evidence.