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Achievement objectives

Social Sciences learning area title.

Level 1

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

Social studies

  • Understand how belonging to groups is important for people.
  • Understand that people have different roles and responsibilities as part of their participation in groups.
  • Understand how the past is important to people.
  • Understand how places in New Zealand are significant for individuals and groups.
  • Understand how the cultures of people in New Zealand are expressed in their daily lives.

Level 2

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

Social studies

  • Understand that people have social, cultural, and economic roles, rights, and responsibilities.
  • Understand how people make choices to meet their needs and wants.
  • Understand how cultural practices reflect and express people’s customs, traditions, and values.
  • Understand how time and change affect people’s lives.
  • Understand how places influence people and people influence places.
  • Understand how people make significant contributions to New Zealand’s society.
  • Understand how the status of Māori as tangata whenua is significant for communities in New Zealand.

Level 3

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

Social studies

  • Understand how groups make and implement rules and laws.
  • Understand how cultural practices vary but reflect similar purposes.
  • Understand how people view and use places differently.
  • Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources.
  • Understand how people remember and record the past in different ways.
  • Understand how early Polynesian and British migrations to New Zealand have continuing significance for tangata whenua and communities.
  • Understand how the movement of people affects cultural diversity and interaction in New Zealand.

Level 4

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

Social studies

  • Understand how the ways in which leadership of groups is acquired and exercised have consequences for communities and societies.
  • Understand how people pass on and sustain culture and heritage for different reasons and that this has consequences for people.
  • Understand how exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places, and environments.
  • Understand that events have causes and effects.
  • Understand how producers and consumers exercise their rights and meet their responsibilities.
  • Understand how formal and informal groups make decisions that impact on communities.
  • Understand how people participate individually and collectively in response to community challenges.

Level 5

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

Social studies

  • Understand how systems of government in New Zealand operate and affect people’s lives, and how they compare with another system.
  • Understand how the Treaty of Waitangi is responded to differently by people in different times and places.
  • Understand how cultural interaction impacts on cultures and societies.
  • Understand that people move between places and how this has consequences for the people and the places.
  • Understand how economic decisions impact on people, communities, and nations.
  • Understand how people’s management of resources impacts on environmental and social sustainability.
  • Understand how the ideas and actions of people in the past have had a significant impact on people’s lives.
  • Understand how people seek and have sought economic growth through business, enterprise, and innovation.
  • Understand how people define and seek human rights.

Level 6

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

Social studies

  • Understand how individuals, groups, and institutions work to promote social justice and human rights.
  • Understand how cultures adapt and change and that this has consequences for society.

History

  • Understand how the causes and consequences of past events that are of significance to New Zealanders shape the lives of people and society.
  • Understand how people’s perspectives on past events that are of significance to New Zealanders differ.

Geography

  • Understand that natural and cultural environments have particular characteristics and how environments are shaped by processes that create spatial patterns.
  • Understand how people interact with natural and cultural environments and that this interaction has consequences.

Economics

  • Understand how, as a result of scarcity, consumers, producers, and government make choices that affect New Zealand society.
  • Understand how the different sectors of the New Zealand economy are interdependent.

Level 7

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

Social studies

  • Understand how communities and nations meet their responsibilities and exercise their rights in local, national, and global contexts.
  • Understand how conflicts can arise from different cultural beliefs and ideas and be addressed in different ways with differing outcomes.

History

  • Understand how historical forces and movements have influenced the causes and consequences of events of significance to New Zealanders.
  • Understand how people’s interpretations of events that are of significance to New Zealanders differ.

Geography

  • Understand how the processes that shape natural and cultural environments change over time, vary in scale and from place to place, and create spatial patterns.
  • Understand how people’s perceptions of and interactions with natural and cultural environments differ and have changed over time.

Economics

  • Understand how economic concepts and models provide a means of analysing contemporary New Zealand issues.
  • Understand how government policies and contemporary issues interact.

Level 8

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

Social studies

  • Understand how policy changes are influenced by and impact on the rights, roles, and responsibilities of individuals and communities.
  • Understand how ideologies shape society and that individuals and groups respond differently to these beliefs.

History

  • Understand that the causes, consequences, and explanations of historical events that are of significance to New Zealanders are complex and how and why they are contested.
  • Understand how trends over time reflect social, economic, and political forces.

Geography

  • Understand how interacting processes shape natural and cultural environments, occur at different rates and on different scales, and create spatial variations.
  • Understand how people’s diverse values and perceptions influence the environmental, social, and economic decisions and responses that they make.

Economics

  • Understand that well-functioning markets are efficient but that governments may need to intervene where markets fail to deliver efficient or equitable outcomes.
  • Understand how the nature and size of the New Zealand economy is influenced by interacting internal and external factors.

Published on: 08 Apr 2014


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