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Curriculum

The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are the guiding documents that together form the national curriculum for New Zealand schools.

The social sciences are one of eight learning areas described in the curriculum, and social studies is the foundation, integrating subject for the social sciences at years 1 to 10.

Links to key curriculum documents for social studies are provided here:

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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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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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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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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