Social studies in the Catholic elementary school are always taught within the framework of Catholic social teaching. In each year of study, there is a central theme or topic in which the major social studies disciplines are integrated and interwoven.
History cannot be studied independently of the other social studies disciplines. It is impossible to view important historical events without reflecting upon their economic, political and social impact on the society of its time and for future generations.
In order for students to understand the people, places, ideas, policies, institutions and resources that led to the development of the society in which they now live, a variety of sources and materials are at their disposal. Newspapers, film/videos, novels, computer-generated learning and on-line materials can be frequently used as teaching/learning tools.
The social studies curriculum provides the framework for students at each grade level to attain knowledge of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology and anthropology.