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At Glenavon School, the Social Sciences are woven into our programmes and targeted in termly focuses and units. We focus on social science concepts and big ideas that are responsive to our community and relate to the interests of our tamariki. The units we plan and teach are related to the current New Zealand curriculum. 

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.


Unuhia te rito o te harakeke kei whea te kōmako e kō?
Whakatairangitia – rere ki uta, rere ki tai;
Ui mai koe ki ahau he aha te mea nui o te ao,
Māku e kī atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

Remove the heart of the flax bush and where will the kōmako sing?

Proclaim it to the land, proclaim it to the sea;

Ask me, 'What is the greatest thing in the world?'

I will reply, 'It is people, people, people!'

Aotearoa nz histories

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories sits within social sciences in The New Zealand Curriculum. It is part of the social sciences learning area because it encourages learners to be critical citizens - learning about the past to understand the present and to prepare for the future.

here is an example

Here is an example of an Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories unit for 2023. Syndicates plan and teach units using the new curriculum structure- Know, How, Do. 

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