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NSW Syllabuses

Geography K–10

The HSIE key learning area (KLA) includes the Geography K–10 Syllabus, where you will find support materials and advice on supporting students with Special Education needs.

Read the HSIE K–6 Guide and the Geography Years 7–10 Guide to the new NSW syllabuses.

Implementation information for K–6 schools

  • The HSIE K–6 Syllabus (1998) will be replaced by the History K–10 and Geography K–10 syllabuses as they are implemented in K–6 schools.
  • When K–6 schools begin teaching the new Geography syllabus, it will be in place of the Cultures, Environments and Social Systems and Structures strands in the current HSIE K–6 Syllabus.
  • Optional implementation allows schools to trial some aspects of the new syllabus; for example by the development and implementation of one or more new units of work. It provides flexibility for introduction to one or more year groups.
  • The recommended percentage of teaching time of 6–10% of the typical school week for the HSIE key learning area in K–6 schools will remain unchanged.

Read the Implementation Advice for New Geography K–10 Syllabus

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NESA is converting the HSIE Years 7–10 elective courses into an online interactive syllabus.

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2016 – Familiarisation and planning, optional to teach K–6.

2017 – Start teaching K–6, Years 7 and 9.

2018 – Start teaching Years 8 and 10.

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