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Our Lady of Mercy Primary School
55 Hudson Avenue
Girrawheen WA 6064
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Curriculum - Society & Environment

The Society and Environment learning area develops students’ understandings of how and why individuals and groups live together; interact with and within their environment; manage resources; and create institutions and systems. Students further understand that, over time, these relationships and interactions may change to varying degrees.  Students develop these understandings through processes of social inquiry, environmental appraisal, ethical analysis and the skills to constructively critique various perspectives from past and present contexts.  Students are encouraged to apply their understandings and skills in their own lives, in developing environmental consciousness, social competence and civic responsibility. In doing so, they are engaged in actively exploring, making sense of and contributing to improving the world around them.

Society & Environment Learning Outcomes

Investigation, Communication & Participation

  1. Students investigate the ways in which people interact with each other and with their environments in order to make informed decisions and implement relevant social action.

Place and Space

  1. Students understand that the interaction people have with places in which they live is shaped by the location, patterns and processes associated with natural and built features.


  1. Students understand that people attempt to meet their needs and wants by making optimum use of limited resources in enterprising ways.


  1. Students understand that people form groups because of their shared understandings of the world, and, in turn, they are influenced by the particular culture so formed.

Time, Continuity and Change

  1. Students understand that peoples’ actions and values are shaped by their understanding and interpretation of the past.

Natural and Social Systems

  1. Students understand that systems provide order to the dynamic natural and social relationships occurring in the world.

Active Citizenship

  1. Students demonstrate active citizenship through their behaviours and practices in the school environment, in accordance with the principles and values associated with the democratic process, social justice and ecological sustainability.