Year 9 Social Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: G. Williams

Social Studies is ...

The study of human activity over time and in different places. Social Studies is about how societies work and how people can participate positively in their communities. In Social Studies we look at the past. This helps us to understand the present so we make wise and informed decisions for the  future.

“He hokinga mahara he kawenga Mātauranga mo āpōpō.”

As we reflect on the past we carry today the knowledge of tomorrow.

Our aim is ...

Develop the understanding, knowledge and skills needed to participate in society as informed, confident and responsible citizens.

Ui mai koe ki ahau he aha te mea nui o te ao, Mâku e kî atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

 Ask me, “What is the greatest thing in the world?” I will reply, “It is people, people, people!”

Skills focus on...

  • Formal paragraph writing 
  • Research-  How to plan, collect and evaluate quality sources of information
  • Perspectives - Exploring and explaining different perspectives
  • Decision Making - Identifying issues, evaluating and justifying decisions
  • Social Studies Skills -  Interpreting information, developing knowledge and applying numeracy skills in a range of contexts

This course is designed to focus on the following 6 areas of deep learning; Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Citizenship and Character.

Social Studies is a cross curricular course which helps to develop transferable skills that can be used in the home, school and the community.

Course contexts/topics are flexible to student interests and current events.  They are drawn from the past, present, and future and from places within and beyond New Zealand.

Year 9 students have 4 Social Studies periods per 6 day cycle.


Year 10 Social Studies

Contributions and Equipment

All students need: pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, glue stick, highlighters, coloured pencils, scissors for all classes.

Specific requirements are as follows:
2 1B8 Exercise Books OR
1 2B8 Hard Cover Exercise Book

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry

Pathway Tags

Lawyer, Curator, Journalist, Planner, District council, Nurse, Doctor, Historian, Environmental Officer, Primary Industries, Teacher, Politician, Researcher, Policy maker, Flight attendant, Administration, Environment, Public Relations Manager, Trades, Armed Forces, Broadcaster, Reporter, Librarian, Communications, Public Health, Social Worker, Retail Personal, Author