Year 9 Social Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss H. Knights

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.

Social studies at Years 9 and 10 draws from Level 4 and 5 in the National Curriculum which establishes a foundation for the separate social science disciplines in the senior school. In Year 11 and beyond students are able to specialise in one or more of these including economics, geography, history, classical studies, business studies, accounting and tourism.

Our dynamic two year junior programme aims to enable students to participate in a challenging society as informed, confident and responsible citizens. Students will study topics drawn from the four conceptual strands from the New Zealand Curriculum:

• Identity, culture and organisation
• Place and environment
• Continuity and change
• The economic world
• The economic world

Students complete a full social inquiry as a process for examining social issues, ideas, and themes. Here at HVHS the social inquiry in Year 9 is based around the 17 Global Goals for Sustainability. 

Recommended Prior Learning

Learning based on the level 1–3 social studies achievement objectives.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

As a BYOD school is it recommended that students have their own device, along with a 1B5 exercise book.