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History & Geography learning objectives

In the Junior School , this subject is known as Social Studies as it is taught on a topic basis which allows for greater integration with other subjects. The greater emphasis on social development in the Junior School programmes is reflected in this subject name.

In the Prep Schools, this subject is known as History & Geography to better reflect the emphasis on content knowledge and skills as distinct from an orientation towards the affective domain.

In deliberately opting for an emphasis and focus on content knowledge, the school deliberately turns aside from a constructivist model of learning such as is espoused in the discovery and inquiry learning models commonly found in New Zealand state schools.

Rather, while skills in research, thinking, communication and decision-making will be encouraged and developed within the teaching of this curriculum, and positive social attitudes encouraged, the direct teaching of content will be the primary objective.

OBJECTIVES

ATTITUDES and VALUES

Pupils will have the opportunity to be challenged to think clearly and critically about people, cultures and places to examine:

  • their own values , influences that have shaped them and the consequences of holding them;
  • the diversity of value systems in local, regional and global communities, and the reasons for the diversity;
  • the reasons for conflict over values, and the ways in which conflict might be resolved;
  • the reasons for social, cultural, economic, political or technological change ;
  • ethical principles as they apply to specific decisions and events in the past and present, developing generalisations about ethical behaviour from a Christian viewpoint.


SKILLS

Research

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • locate and use information from a wide range of printed, visual and electronic sources
  • use maps, globes, graphics and visuals;
  • make use of community resources.

Thinking

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • classify, interpret, analyse, summarise, synthesise and evaluate information
  • think critically, creatively and reflectively;
  • analyse problems from a variety of perspectives

Communication and Presentation

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • communicate competently and confidently by listening, speaking, reading and writing;
  • convey and receive information, instruction, ideas and feelings appropriately;
  • work as a productive member of a group in the completion of a common task;
  • argue a case clearly, logically and convincingly;
  • become competent in using new information and communication technologies;
  • engage in purposeful self-directed inquiry;
  • present ideas / information using a variety of forms. eg: orally, visually and written form.

Decision making

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • identify, describe and interpret different points of view and establish fact from opinion;
  • explore and evaluate issues/problems from different perspectives;
  • evaluate the quality of their own achievement


KNOWLEDGE

Civics and Local Community

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • develop an awareness of the role of people, organisations and institutions, particularly in the local community;
  • develop an understanding of the heritage and development of Christchurch and Canterbury;
  • develop an understanding of the geographical features of Canterbury and the influence of these features on the life of the people of Canterbury.


New Zealand

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • develop an awareness of the contemporary cultures, government, and institutions of New Zealand ;
  • develop an understanding of the history of New Zealand from both Maori and European perspectives;
  • develop a knowledge of places and the geographical features of New Zealand and the influence of these features on the life of the people of New Zealand.
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of significant historical and geographical events in New Zealand.
  • develop an awareness of the major features of the New Zealand productive economy.


The South Pacific and Pacific Rim

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • develop an awareness of the diversity of people and countries of the South Pacific and the Pacific Rim;
  • develop an understanding of the political history of the South Pacific;
  • develop a knowledge of places and geographical features of countries within the South Pacific and Pacific Rim.

 
The World

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • develop an awareness of the diversity of selected cultures and countries outside the South Pacific and the Pacific Rim;
  • develop an understanding of major formative events in both modern and ancient history of the World;
  • develop an understanding of the role that New Zealand plays in the global community;
  • develop an understanding of the role of international organisations, particularly the United Nations.

 

See also History & Geography programme Year 4 - 6 and History & Geography programme Year 7 & 8