Te ao tangata | social sciences

Learning area content and implementation supports for

te ao tangata | social sciences

Te ao tangata | social sciences learning area was the first to be made available as part of Te Mātaiaho | the refreshed New Zealand curriculum. 

The new Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories (ANZH) content was released in 2022 and is part of the refreshed social sciences learning area.

Schools and kura were required to implement the ANZH content at the beginning of 2023, but have until the beginning of 2027 before the rest of the refreshed curriculum must be used.  

Find out more about how we created Te Takanga o Te Wā and Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories content.

Guide for getting started

The guide for getting started will help you:

  • learn about the key changes to te ao tangata | social sciences
  • find starting points to explore and use the refreshed curriculum content
  • connect to resources (including videos on this page), support, and PLD.

Progression in Action

The Progression in Action guidance supports you to notice the cumulative depth and breadth from one Progress Outcome to the next to help you design rich learning opportunities.

By viewing them as a complete set, you can see progression across the phases of the learner pathway to ensure consistent expectations in your programme planning.


The planning guide, templates, and examples support you to develop your te ao tangata | social sciences programme or individual units. They link the whakapapa of Te Mātaiaho to the planning process.

Learning area content cards

School leaders and kaiako can use the cards to plan a social sciences programme. (We recommend you print these single-sided.)

Learning in Action Videos

These videos show teachers actively trialling elements of the new te ao tangata | social sciences curriculum content in their schools.

Watch them discuss their planning processes and a range of teaching strategies and learning activities as they start to bring the new curriculum content to life.