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Classical studies

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The classical studies area of Social Sciences Online provides curriculum and assessment information, resources, and useful links to support the teaching and learning of classical studies in years 11–13.

Classical studies is a multidisciplinary learning area in which students learn about the literature, art, history, and philosophy of the classical world.

It involves the study of the civilisations of classical Greece and Rome without studying the classical languages, Greek and Latin. Drawing on the traditions and pedagogies of literary subjects, art history, history, and philosophy is central to classical studies.

 

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The New Zealand Curriculum: Social sciences

This section of the New Zealand curriculum website has information about the social sciences as a learning area. Resources and information relating to the previous (1997) curriculum document may continue to be used as supporting documents when planning teaching and learning programmes.
Download a PDF version of  Social Studies in the New Zealand Curriculum.

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Understanding the social sciences as a learning area – A position paper

This position paper highlights the importance of the social sciences and the place of social studies as a social science in the New Zealand curriculum.

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The New Zealand Curriculum

The New Zealand Curriculum sets the direction for teaching and learning in English-medium New Zealand schools. It has been mandatory since February 2010.

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Classical studies teaching and learning guides (years 11–13)

Senior secondary teaching and learning guides for classical studies provide support for teachers of classical studies as they develop programmes of learning for their senior secondary students. They reflect the intent of the national curriculum and are an adjunct to it.

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Key Competencies

This section of the New Zealand Curriculum Online website offers specific guidance to school leaders and teachers on integrating the key competencies into the daily activities of the school and its teaching and learning programmes.

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Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa is the curriculum for Māori-medium teaching, learning, and assessment. It is New Zealand’s first curriculum to be developed and written in te reo Māori and sets the direction for teaching and learning in Māori-medium schools and settings.

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NCEA Levels 1, 2, and 3 achievement standards

Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 registered achievement standards for classical studies are available for use. They have been aligned with The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) and formally registered by NZQA.

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The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

Follow links to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and subject achievement standards. Some useful resources are available on the NZQA website.

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NCEA support materials

These support materials have been developed for use with NCEA achievement standards. NCEA support materials for classical studies include the philosophy and aims of a classical studies course at NCEA levels 2 and 3, and the recommended reading list for scholarship in classical studies.

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NZQA – NCEA resources

This classical studies subject resources page provides links to information relating to classical studies assessment.

Curriculum and standards documents comprise links to standards, classical studies matrices, and teaching and learning guides on TKI.

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ERO (The Education Review Office)

In 2007, ERO published three reports on schools’ effectiveness in the collection and use of assessment:

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Assessment Online

This key community covers assessment in the classroom, effective use of evidence, and reporting to families and whānau. It offers news, assessment tools and resources, research, a glossary, FAQ, and related links.

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New Zealand Association of Classical Teachers

The association supports the work of teachers of classical studies and Latin in New Zealand schools. Includes a variety of classical studies resources, university links, and regional classical associations.

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Any Questions (students)

Students can go to this website to find useful, accurate, online information. Librarians from all over New Zealand are available each week day between 1pm and 6pm to help students search online. To use AnyQuestions.govt.nz, students must be attending a New Zealand primary, intermediate, secondary school or being home-schooled.

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The National Library of New Zealand – Curriculum Information Service

Over 500,000 items are available through the Schools Collection. Schools can also interloan music, books and serials from the National Library’s General Collections through their local Curriculum Information Service (CIS) centre.

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