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Humanities and Social Sciences

Year 7

Above satisfactory

HASS - Above satisfactory - Year 7

Portfolio summary

This portfolio of student work shows that the student can explain in detail the role of groups and the significance of particular individuals in past societies (WS1). The student suggests reasons for continuity and change over time (WS5). The student explains the effects of change on societies, individuals and groups (WS1, WS5) and describes in detail events and developments from the perspective of people who lived at the time (WS8). The student identifies past events and developments that have been interpreted in different ways (WS5). The student describes in detail geographical processes that influence the characteristics of places (WS2, WS6). The student explains a range of interconnections between people and places and people and environments, describing how these interconnections change places and environments (WS2, WS6). The student describes the ideas, values and principles that underpin the institutions and processes in Australia’s political and legal systems (WS3). The student explains the diverse nature of Australian society, and identifies the importance of shared values in contemporary Australian society (WS3). The student describes in detail the interdependence of consumers and producers in the market  (WS7) and identifies a range of factors and strategies that contribute to the financial success of businesses and individuals (WS4, WS7). The student describes why individuals choose to work and the various sources of income that exist (WS7). The student recognises that people have different perceptions of places, events and issues (WS6) and explains, using examples, how this and other factors influence views on how to respond to an issue or challenge (WS6).

The student formulates a range of significant questions and propositions to guide investigations (WS7). The student collects and synthesizes useful data, information and evidence from a range of primary and secondary sources (WS1, WS2, WS3, WS8). The student analyses sources to determine their origin, purpose and reliability and to identify past and present values and perspectives (WS5). The student interprets and analyses data to propose simple explanations for distributions, patterns, trends and relationships (WS2), and evaluates and synthesises evidence to draw conclusions (WS5). The student sequences events and developments within a chronological framework, using dating conventions to represent and measure time (WS1). The student organises, categorises and represents data in a range of appropriate formats using discipline-specific conventions (WS6, WS7). The student makes informed decisions by collaborating with others to generate alternatives, comparing the potential costs and benefits of each and developing and using criteria to make a reasoned judgement (WS2, WS6, WS7). The student reflects on learning to propose detailed individual and collective action in response to an issue or challenge, taking account of different factors and multiple perspectives (WS2, WS3, WS7), and predicts the probable effects of their proposal (WS2, WS3, WS7). The student presents ideas, findings, viewpoints, explanations and conclusions in a range of communication forms that incorporate source materials, citations, discipline-specific terms, conventions and concepts (WS1, WS2, WS3, WS5, WS6, WS8).

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