Learning outcomes


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.


Achievement objectives for social studies at levels 1–5 integrate concepts from one or more of four conceptual strands:

  • Identity, Culture, and Organization
  • Place and Environment
  • Continuity and Change
  • The Economic World


Teachers along with their pupils and families, attending a tea party in the 1890’s.

Source of Photograph: School Days School Days 100 Years of Education –Tapawera and Districts