English, Humanities and Language Learning

ENGLISH, HUMANITIES AND LANGUAGE Learning (Reading and Viewing; Writing; Speaking & Listening; History; Geography; Economics; and Japanese)


The study of English is central to the learning and development of all students. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps students develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society.

English helps students to engage imaginatively and critically with literature to expand the scope of their experience. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have contributed to Australian society and to its contemporary literature and literary heritage through their distinctive ways of representing and communicating knowledge, traditions and experience.

The English curriculum at Yarra PS aims to ensure that students:

  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
  • appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
  • understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
  • develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.


The study of History at Yarra PS is through an inquiry process and consists of an investigation into the past that develops students’ curiosity and imagination. Awareness of history promotes the understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earliest times. It helps students appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day.

History provides opportunities to develop transferable skills of critical and creative thinking, such as the ability to explore questions, imagine possibilities and construct arguments.

Australian history is taught within a world history approach, where students appreciate Australia’s path of social, economic and political development, and Australia’s position in the Asia-Pacific region, and our global relationships.

The study of History at Yarra PS aims to ensure that students develop:

  • interest in, and enjoyment of, historical periods
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society
  • understanding and use of historical concepts and skills, including sequencing chronology, using historical sources as evidence, identifying continuity and change,  analysing cause and effect and determining historical significance


The Geography curriculum at Yarra PS provides opportunities for students to explore, analyse and understand the characteristics of the places that make up our world, using the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change.

Geography integrates the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. Aspects of Geography are a component of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and the Arts (STEAM), fostering the development and application of distinctive STEAM skills.

The Geography curriculum teaches students to respond to questions in a geographically distinctive way, to collect, evaluate, analyse and interpret information, and suggest responses to what they have learned. They conduct fieldwork, map and interpret data and spatial distributions, and use spatial technologies. These skills can be applied in everyday life and at work.

The Geography curriculum aims to ensure that students develop:

  • a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect for places, people, cultures and environments throughout the world
  • a deep geographical knowledge of their own locality, Australia, the Asia region and the world
  • the ability to think geographically, using geographical concepts
  • the capacity to be competent, critical and creative users of geographical methods and skills

Economics & Business

At Yarra PS the Economics and Business curriculum is included only in the Year 5/6 curriculum and explores the ways in which individuals, families, the community, workers, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources.

In studying economics and business students will develop transferable skills that enable them to identify and investigate contemporary economic and business issues or events. They will apply economic and business reasoning and interpretation to solve problems and interpret issues and events. This will assist them to understand the behaviour of participants in the economy, business, society and the environment.

The Economics and Business curriculum aims to develop students’:

  • enterprising behaviours and capabilities that are transferable into life, work and business opportunities and contribute to the development and prosperity of individuals and society
  • understanding of the ways society allocates limited resources to satisfy needs and wants, and how they participate in the economy as consumers, workers and producers
  • understanding of the work and business environments within the Australian economy and its interactions and relationships with the global economy, in particular the Asia region


Learning languages broadens students’ horizons about the personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities that are available in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. At Yarra PS Japanese language is taught as one of our specialist subject areas and students acquire communication skills in Japanese. They develop understanding about the role of language and culture in communication.

At Yarra PS our Japanese curriculum aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:

  • Learn to communicate in Japanese
  • understand the relationship between language, culture and learning