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Theme-based approach

Choose a theme such as gender for level 6 and select one or more contexts that illustrate the concept such as:

  • gender in employment
  • changing roles in the family
  • same sex issues in society.

You could choose contexts from New Zealand and beyond.

Teachers develop programmes around one or more chosen themes, such as:

  • multiculturalism
  • human rights and social justice
  • teenage issues
  • the Treaty of Waitangi
  • religion
  • sustainability
  • local community issues
  • identity
  • globalisation.

Such a programme could look like:

  • Level 6:
    • Gender, for example, employment, gay rights, and changes in the New Zealand family.
    • Treaty of Waitangi, for example, the Waitangi tribunal; process for hearing claims; interpretations of the treaty by different groups and interpretations over time; impact of decisions.
  • Level 7:
    • Community issues such as council plans for zoning, transport, housing refuse disposal.
    • Globalisation such as The United Nations and global action against poverty, climate change, influence of technology.
  • Level 8:
    • Gender such as Civil Union Bill and cultural practices towards women such as the treatment of women in different cultures and societies.

Teachers may choose to have a theme or two for each unit of learning or a theme running through the year. When 'big picture' planning, teachers can make links to themes from one year to the next.

Last updated August 28, 2012