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Welcome to Social Sciences Online

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



2018 NMSSA Applications open for teacher assessors

In Term 3 2018, NMSSA (National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement), will be assessing Year 4 and 8 students in mathematics and statistics, and social studies. Applications are now open for highly-effective and committed teachers to implement the assessment programme (11 positions nationwide).
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Consumer Protection school resources

These resources for years 4–10, consisting of teaching and learning plans and interactive case scenarios, aim 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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