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Social Sciences Online. Ministry of Education

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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

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Education for sustainability – Climate change resources

This section of NZC Online provides links to two climate change resources.

Climate Change Learning Programme – Teacher resource (level 4)
This resource aims to: increase awareness of climate change and explain the role science plays in understanding it; understand both the response to and impacts of climate change – globally, nationally and locally; explore and act on opportunities to contribute to reducing and adapting to the impact of climate change on everyday life.

Climate Change Learning Programme – Wellbeing Guide
This guide has been developed to provide teachers with background information and tailored resources to help them navigate the delivery of climate change scientific content, whilst maintaining the wellbeing/hauora of students.

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Pūtaratara – a call to action

Resources to support years 9–10 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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Tuia Mātauranga (Updated October 2019)

New Zealand commemorated the 250th anniversary of the first onshore encounters between Māori and non-Māori during 2019.

This place-based national education programme supports teaching and learning, and highlighting local people, places, and events that shaped their history. 

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Consumer protection school resources: Year 11 NCEA Level 1 Internal assessment resource

This NCEA Level 1 Internal Assessment resource requires students to conduct an inquiry into a government agency of their choice to report on how it works to promote social justice for New Zealand consumers.

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The Same Game

The Same Game, a big book for “reading to” students, is a set of resources, big book, audio, and teacher notes, intended to help foster the curriculum principles of diversity and inclusion.

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Curriculum

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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