HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) is a key learning area at Harrisdale Primary School. Using the WA curriculum for HASS, students at Harrisdale Primary School study History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship (Years 3-6) and Business and Economics (Years 5-6).

HASS looks to actively develop our students into critical, ethical and informed thinkers across all strands. Technology is regularly integrated into HASS to allow students to research, reflect on respond to the world around them.

Teachers deliver rich learning experiences to their students using a range of engaging resources throughout each year. Each year, students are provided with the opportunity to participate in a range of HASS based excursions and incursions across the school, including the Fremantle Prison, Armadale History House, the Maritime Museum and Government House.

The annual Harrisdale Primary School Harmony Day celebrations link in directly with the HASS framework. Each year parents volunteer their time to set up and run stalls from many different countries and cultures. These stalls include: Henna painting, Origami, Japanese dance, Indian traditional games, art displays and art activities. Along with Harmony Day, NAIDOC day is integral to the HASS curriculum and includes a presentation to students focused on the importance of keeping the Noongar language and culture alive.

Darren St Quintin
HASS Team Leader