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NSW Syllabuses

Modern History Performance Band Descriptions

The typical performance in this band:

Band 6

  • demonstrates extensive knowledge and understanding of a range of historical features, people, ideas, movements, events and developments, and their significance
  • demonstrates comprehensive understanding of continuity and change over time
  • demonstrates comprehensive understanding of different perspectives of individuals and groups in the past
  • analyses and interprets sources for evidence and synthesises evidence
  • evaluates differing interpretations and representations of the past
  • demonstrates sophisticated understanding and use of historical concepts and terms
  • communicates a high level and sustained argument through well-structured and comprehensive texts

Band 5

  • demonstrates thorough knowledge and understanding of a range of historical features, people, ideas, movements, events and developments, and their significance
  • demonstrates a well-developed understanding of continuity and change over time
  • demonstrates a well-developed understanding of different perspectives of individuals and groups in the past
  • analyses and interprets sources for evidence
  • analyses differing interpretations and representations of the past
  • demonstrates thorough understanding and use of historical concepts and terms
  • communicates a coherent and sustained argument through well-structured and comprehensive texts

Band 4

  • demonstrates sound knowledge and understanding of a range of historical features, people, ideas, movements, events and developments, and their significance
  • demonstrates sound understanding of continuity and change over time
  • demonstrates sound understanding of different perspectives of individuals and groups in the past
  • uses sources for evidence
  • discusses interpretations and representations of the past
  • demonstrates understanding of historical concepts and terms
  • communicates a general argument through well-structured texts

Band 3

  • demonstrates basic understanding of historical features, people, events, and their significance
  • identifies features of continuity and change over time
  • demonstrates basic understanding of different perspectives of individuals and groups in the past
  • makes reference to sources
  • identifies interpretations and representations of the past
  • uses basic historical concepts and terms
  • communicates basic information through descriptive texts 

Band 2

  • describes historical features, people and events
  • recognises aspects of continuity and/or change
  • demonstrates limited understanding of different perspectives of individuals and groups in the past
  • makes reference to sources
  • uses limited historical concepts and terms
  • provides limited information in narrative style

Band 1