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Aotearoa New Zealand histories and Te Takanga o te Wā

Understand the big ideas of Aotearoa New Zealand's history. Know national, rohe, and local contexts. Do thinking critically about the past and interpreting stories about it. The learning that matters.

From 2023, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories and Te Takanga o Te Wā will be taught in all schools and kura.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories sits within social sciences in The New Zealand Curriculum. It is part of the social sciences learning area because it encourages learners to be critical citizens - learning about the past to understand the present and to prepare for the future.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories final content and resources can be found at aotearoahistories.education.govt.nz.

Social Sciences

The New Zealand Curriculum Refresh – Vision for Young People and Te Ao Tangata | Social Sciences
As part of the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum, we will be seeking feedback on the draft social sciences curriculum content between 17 March and 3 June 2022. Register your interest online.

Download the draft social sciences curriculum content.

What are the social sciences about?

Social Sciences learning area title.

Unuhia te rito o te harakeke kei whea te kōmako e kō?
Whakatairangitia – rere ki uta, rere ki tai;
Ui mai koe ki ahau he aha te mea nui o te ao,
Māku e kī atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

The social sciences learning area is about how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens. Contexts are drawn from the past, present, and future and from places within and beyond New Zealand.

Published on: 08 Apr 2014

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Social Sciences Online

Find research, resources, ideas, and inspiration to help students understand how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens.

NZ Senior Secondary Curriculum Guides – Social Sciences
Helping teachers create quality teaching and learning programmes.


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