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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

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2014 NMSSA images.

In 2014, as part of a five-year cycle, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at year 4 and year 8 in two areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) – English: reading and social studies. 
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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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