Te ao tangata | social sciences

Refreshed learning area content and supports

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.

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

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.  

The Ministry engaged widely with the education sector, ākonga, whānau, iwi and communities. Read our feedback reports here.

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 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.)

Video example of kahui ako participating in a planning session with curriculum content cards

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.

Updates to content

The draft refreshed te ao tangata | social sciences learning area was updated in May 2023 with minor changes:

  • We improved consistency of how te Tiriti o Waitangi is expressed throughout Te Mātaiaho
  • “Important considerations” is now “Planning for teaching”
  • Te Mātaiaho is being redesigned in A4 size instead of A3.

The refreshed te ao tangata | social sciences learning area was updated in September 2023 with minor changes to correct spelling and layout errors. (Published 2 November 2023)

The "Getting started guide", "Planning template" and "Planning examples" have been updated with minor corrections to make them consistent with the same supports for mathematics and statistics and English learning areas. (Updated 3 November 2023)

The "Progression in Action Years 9-10" has been replaced by "Progression in Action Years 7-8 and Years 9-10". It now contains content for Years 7-8 as well as Years 9-10. (Updated 24 November 2023)