Curriculum

The New Zealand History Curriculum is derived from two Achievement Objectives. Initial Curriculum Guides have been written to provide guidance to teachers with unpacking the Achievement Objectives at each level and programme planning ideas. These Curriculum Guides will be supplemented with additional material as the year progresses.

NZ Curriculum Level 6: Year 11
Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • Understand how the causes and consequences of past events that are of significance to New Zealanders shape the lives of people and society
  • Understand how people’s perspectives on past events that are of significance to New Zealanders differ

NZ Curriculum Level 7: Year 12
Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • Understand how historical forces and movements have influenced the causes and consequences of events of significance to New Zealanders
  • Understand how people’s interpretations of events that are of significance to New Zealanders differ

NZ Curriculum Level 8: Year 13
Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • Understand that the causes, consequences and explanations of historical events that are of significance to New Zealanders are complex and how and why they are contested
  • Understand how trends over time reflect social, economic, and political forces





NZHTA definition of the term: ‘of significance to New Zealanders’

Those events occurring within New Zealand, and/or global events involving New Zealand, and/or global events influencing New Zealand, thus New Zealand history is seen within wider global contexts where possible. Historical scholarship now encourages students of history to look for points of connection and intersection, for similarities and differences and transcends the boundaries of nation states.

This definition was agreed to by those who attended the Teaching and Learning Guidelines meeting in Christchurch on the 31st July and 1st August.