Social Science

‘The social sciences learning area is about how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens.’ ( The New Zealand Curriculum, 2007)

Social Studies Years 7-10

Achievement objectives for Social Studies at levels 3-5 integrate concepts from one or more of four conceptual strands. Learning based on the level 3-5 Social Studies achievement objectives, establishes a foundation for the separate Social Science disciplines offered in the senior secondary school.


Geography gives students a multidisciplinary or holistic view of the world, combining knowledge, skills, and understandings of the physical and social sciences. It fosters a curiosity about place and space, and provokes questions about natural and cultural environments and their interconnectedness.

Geography provides opportunities through fieldwork for first-hand investigations of places, environments, and human activities. It helps students make sense of complex issues such as climate change, ageing populations, urban growth, land conflicts, globalisation, and sustainability.


At levels 6, 7, and 8, history explores global and local events that have been significant to New Zealanders. Students gain an understanding of their own heritage and of their place in a wider context. They will understand that people’s views on past events differ.