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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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