Yesterday Liz Lange and I attended a training day on the new National Curriculum area, History that will be phased in next year through the state government’s C2C (Curriculum into the Classroom) program. This will be a challenge for us in a number of ways. Firstly, history currently falls under the banner of SOSE, but in 2013 will be separate. We will still be required to teach the other three areas that come under SOSE; Geography, Civics & Citizenship and Economics & Business. Once again, as was the case with the phase in of Mathematic, English and Science, in Year 7 History has been written as a secondary subject with most of the other states already having Year 7 in their high schools. With that there are also differing teaching time allocations. Although P-2 and 3-6 have different time allocations, they all will have two units of history to complete throughout the year. Secondary students will have more time allocated across three units to complete throughout the year, which will also include the Year 7s. Two of the units the Year 7s will be able to do with the 5/6s, but they will have an extra unit we will need to make fit.
What can you do to help at home? When the teachers start noting in the 2013 newsletters what history units they are doing, take the time to familiarise yourselves with what the expectations are on your children. Ask your children about the history unit they are doing. If you are unsure how to support your children with their history units, check with their teachers.