Year 9 CORE - Social Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Avery

Social Studies
Social Science looks at the ways people think about and organise their
societies which are essential for developing citizenship and an understanding of the
cultural, social and political world in which people live.

Four major Year 9 topics are studies: Enterprise or an Asian Society, a Pacific Islands’
study, an Ancient Society and an integrated Science and Social Studies topic of the
Porirua Harbour catchment. Within each topic there is considerable flexibility around
content and teaching method. Minor topics may also be studied.

We place a significant emphasis on improving formal writing skills and on being able to
use resource material such as graphs, diagrams and images and on intelligent and
productive use of computers. We also use exercise books which complement BYOD as
their use involves different objectives. There are five common assessments at year 9: a
presentation, a paragraph task, an essay and two unsighted resources assessments.

Course Overview

Term 1
Our physical environment is the topic. Pollution and especially global warming is the focus. This is a study of a few of the most pressing physical environment problems facing humanity, why they happened, what they cause, what we can do and what society needs to do.

The assessment for Term 1 is a test on unsighted resources, During their two years of Social Studies students do four of these. Two each year. They test how a well data in the form of text, graphs and visuals is used by an individual. They do not require learning of content. They are recorded on reports by grade.

Term 2
A study of aspects of the Pacific Islands, which can include aspects of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. The physical environment, including sea level rise and the ring of fire, migration, exploration, culture are some of aspects of the islands that may form the basis of the study.

The assessment format is decided by teacher choice.

Term 3
A study of an ancient society or societies anywhere in place and time from around the world is the broad topic. The purpose of this is to give students some insight into how people once lived a long time ago in terms of human history and to see the similarities and differences of the human condition then and now.

The assessment format is an essay. The structure and style of what is at expected at this level is introduced and taught. An essay is basically a method of formally writing an answer to a question. This is open bok meaning the essay is done in class over two periods using notes prepared for the work. As in current NCEA the answer is written on paper.

Term 4
A study of an Asian country, most classes look at China, is done in Term four. Asian is very important as a region for NZ and China is the world's most populous state, a great power and our principal trading partner.

The assessment for this Term is an unsighted resources assessment.


Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Computer, 2B or similar exercise book, scissors, ruler, pen, pencil, coloured pencils small set