Teaching units aligned to Levels 2 and 3 of the New Zealand Curriculum

03 March, 2017

The aim of this resource is to encourage students to have their say on the decisions that affect their lives now and in the future. The resource supports students to learn about their rights, duties, and responsibilities in a democracy and to develop understandings of how they can influence what happens in their community.


Teaching Units Levels 2-3

Curriculum Links: Social Sciences (Social Studies)

Identity, Culture and Organisation

Students learn about society and communities and how they function. They also learn about the diverse cultures and identities of people within those communities and about the effects on the participation of groups and individuals.

Level 2 achievement objectives

Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to:

  • Understand that people have social, cultural, and economic roles, rights, and responsibilities.
  • Understand how people make significant contributions to New Zealand’s society.
Level 3 achievement objectives

Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to:

  • Understand how groups make and implement rules and laws.
  • Understand how people view and use places differently.

Teaching Units

  • Topic 1: Getting started – who makes decisions?
  • Topic 2: Is your voice heard?
  • Topic 3: Rights and responsibilities (rules and laws)
  • Topic 4: Taking action
  • Topic 5: Being part of decision-making
  • Topic 6: What do we now know?
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