Aotearoa NZ’s histories in our national curriculum – consultation open

Draft curriculum content for Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories is now available for public feedback. We are seeking feedback from as many people as possible. The online survey is open until 31 May 2021.

Read more about the draft curriculum survey and how to take part in the Aotearoa New Zealand's Histories survey

From 2022 onwards, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories will be taught in all schools and kura.

The draft curriculum content embraces the histories of all the people who live in Aotearoa New Zealand and encourages schools and kura to develop local curriculum and marau ā-kura that reflect the histories of their communities. 

Learning Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories will help ākonga understand there are multiple perspectives on historical and contemporary events and help them develop their critical thinking and inquiry skills.

The draft curriculum content for histories is the product of many months of work by teams of writers and the Ministry, in collaboration with stakeholders that include historical and curriculum experts, Māori, Pacific, migrant communities, disabled peoples, teachers, kaiako and curriculum leaders.

It describes the histories learning that can’t be left to chance. It outlines the breadth and depth of learning required for children and young people to progress in histories and what learners are expected to understand, know and do at the end of each stage.

The draft curriculum content has been developed to align with the wider work to refresh the national curriculum over the next four to five years.

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