Humanities and Social Sciences


At Loxton High School students study the Australian Curriculum for History from years 8-10. The Australian Curriculum: History is organized into two interrelated strands: Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills.

These strands include personal, family, local, state, national, regional and world history. There is an emphasis on Australian history in its world history context at Foundation to Year 10 and a focus on world history in the senior secondary years. These strands include a study of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped world history from the time of the earliest human communities to the present day.

This strand explores key concepts for developing historical understanding, such as: evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, perspectives, empathy and contestability. These concepts may be investigated within a particular historical context to facilitate an understanding of the past and to provide a focus for historical inquiries.


The Australian Curriculum in Civics and Citzenship is also incorporated into History.

At Loxton High School students study the Australian Curriculum: Geography from years 8-10 which is organised into two interrelated strands: Geographical Knowledge and Understanding and Geographical Inquiry and Skills.
These strands include a study of environmental and human aspects of Geography at local, national, regional and global scales.


These strands involve students developing the ability to see the relationships between geographical concepts (place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change), to construct explanatory frameworks to illustrate relationships. It is also about applying this geographical knowledge to new situations or to solve problems by thinking and planning for action.


These strands promote a process of inquiry by which students learn new geographical knowledge and deepen their understanding. This is developed through investigations that involve observations or questions (for example, about environmental, social, cultural and economic features) the collection and interpretation of information to develop conclusions; and reflection on the overall process.


There is an emphasis on the techniques that geographers use in the field and in the classroom. Students learn to think critically about the methods used to obtain information and to analyse and interpret the information in order to communicate their findings.


The Australian Curriculum in Economics and Business is also incoporated into Geography.