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Welcome to Social Sciences Online

Social Sciences Online is the website for teachers of social sciences in New Zealand.

Social Sciences Online is the website for teachers of social sciences in New Zealand.  

"The social sciences learning area is about how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens."

The New Zealand Curriculum, 2007


Tuia Mātauranga 2019

In 2019 New Zealand will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the first onshore encounters between Māori and non-Māori, and the feats of Polynesian navigators and explorers who reached and settled in Aotearoa New Zealand many years earlier.

The Ministry will support the commemoration through Tuia Mātauranga, which is the national education programme to support teaching and learning using the themes of the commemoration as part of local curriculum development. It will include learner-focused activities and events designed to engage learners, while learning about the themes related to Tuia in national, local, and personal contexts. 

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Tuia 250 logo.

Consumer protection school resources – Years 11 and 12

Resources to support Year 11 (NCEA Level 1) and Year 12 (NCEA level 2) have been added to the suite of Consumer Protection school resources for years 4–10, aiming to equip students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to be informed and confident consumers.

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The national curriculum includes:

Find out more about social sciences in the New Zealand curriculum.

Social studies

 Years 110

Social studies is the foundation, integrating subject for this learning area at levels 1–5.

In this section:

Senior secondary

 Years 1113

At levels 6–8, social sciences includes (but is not limited to):

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