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Social Studies in the New Zealand Curriculum

The resources in this area relate to the previous curriculum document for social studies – Social Studies in the New Zealand Curriculum (1997).

This has since been replaced by the National Curriculum, consisting of The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

In the social sciences learning area of The New Zealand Curriculum (2007), students explore how societies work and how they themselves can participate and take action as critical, informed, and responsible citizens.

Resources and information relating to the previous (1997) curriculum document may continue to be used as supporting documents when planning teaching and learning programmes. Open the pdf.

  • The New Zealand Curriculum Exemplars: Social Studies

    The social studies exemplars are authentic pieces of student work, annotated to illustrate learning, achievement, and quality in relation to the levels in the previous national curriculum statement. In particular they annotate what the work shows, the learning process that underpinned the learning product (which is similar to how the mechanisms from the best evidence synthesis operate), and where the learning process can be taken next.

    Teachers have found the “key aspects of learning” framework and the focus on conceptual learning useful. The exemplars provide a model for a process that teachers and learners can use to improve learning outcomes, in particular the use of learning conversations between students and teachers. They also demonstrate the iterative nature of social inquiry, providing an indication of how skills common to the social sciences support conceptual learning.

  • Using the social studies exemplars

    Planning approaches and unit ideas that show ways of working with the social studies exemplars.

    These resources are not aligned with The New Zealand Curriculum (2007). Please use only as a stimulus to develop units of work to meet the needs of students in your own classroom.

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