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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 (Updated October 2019)

During 2019 New Zealand is commemorating 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.

This Tuia Mātauranga national education programme supports teaching and learning, highlighting local people, places, and events that shaped their history. The programme is aimed at inspiring children and young people to explore their own stories of who they are and where they come from, to develop a sense of whakapapa and identity. The programme will be delivered in a way that encourages children and young people to take a leading role in their own education and in their communities

Read this Education Gazette story:

Different perspectives emerge as students research first encounters showing how students at a Marlborough school are hearing a different side of their local history that includes first encounters between migrants and Māori and how it was experienced by local Iwi.

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Consumer protection school resources: Years 7–8

Resources to support years 4–6 are available on the suite of Consumer Protection school resources, 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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