Social Sciences

Download and explore the refreshed Social Sciences learning area.

Refreshed Social Sciences Learning Area

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Download the refreshed Social Sciences learning area here
Download the refreshed Social Sciences learning area here

The Social Sciences learning area is the first learning area to be refreshed as part of the wider refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum, and has been released ready for you to explore.

The refreshed Social Sciences learning area is structured using Understand Know Do with a Progress Outcome for each phase of learning. 

The new Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories (ANZH) content, released earlier this year, has been integrated into the refreshed Social Sciences learning area. While there is a requirement for schools and kura to implement the ANZH content at the beginning of 2023, there is no requirement for the remainder of the refreshed curriculum to be implemented until the beginning of 2026 – including the refreshed Social Sciences content.  

Together, the ANZH content within the refreshed Social Sciences learning area encourages ākonga to be critical informed, ethical and empathetic citizens – learning about the past to understand the present and prepare for the future. 

A range of guidance and resources are being developed to support the implementation of the refreshed Social Sciences learning area. These will be rolled out on Social Sciences Online: ssol.tki.org.nz later this year and into early 2023 – and we’ll update this page as they become available.   

We encourage you to work with your colleagues and start getting familiar with the content, structure, and intent of the refreshed Social Sciences learning area as we work towards developing a refreshed curriculum that creates rich and responsive learning for all ākonga

Even if you don’t normally teach history or social sciences, we encourage you to have a look at how the ANZH and social sciences uses the Understand, Know, Do progressions model in practice, as this will be used across all learning areas throughout the course of the refresh.

Feedback reports

Earlier in the year we took the draft Social Sciences content out for feedback with the sector, ākonga, whānau, iwi and communities. Much of this feedback has been incorporated, as outlined in two reports below. 

The New Zealand Council for Educational Research’s (NZCER) report titled ‘Social Sciences learning area: Feedback on components of The New Zealand Curriculum Refresh’, provides analysis of feedback on the draft refreshed Social Sciences learning area received from public consultation. And 'Te Ao Tangata | Social Sciences: What you told us and how we're responding' produced by the Ministry of Education demonstrates how we've responded to the feedback.