Social Studies and Geography lie under the umbrella of Social Sciences. At Okaihau College Social Studies is a Year 7 to 10 subject and Geography is an NCEA subject offered at Levels 1, 2, and 3.
The learning area has four conceptual strands which are Identity, Culture and Organisation, Place and Environment, Continuity and Change and the Economic World. Learning for our students is based on level 4 and 5 achievement objectives. These explain what the students are expected to understand at each level. Themes and topics studied at each level are used to enable an understanding of the achievement objectives and the ideas or concepts from the four conceptual strands. Typically each unit of learning lasts for one term and includes skills which relate to the topic for example mapping and graphing. Formative and summative assessments indicate to students where they sit in developing an understanding of the learning objective. There are a variety of assessment methods which include presenting research, making static images, producing booklets and pamphlets, power points and tests.
The progression from Social Studies is to Geography. Typically NCEA Geography is tailored to the needs of the students who choose to study it. It includes both external and internal standards at each level and each course will offer between 14 and 20 credits.