Have Your Say teaching resources

These resources align with levels 3 and 4 of the New Zealand Curriculum. They aim to encourage your students to have their say on decisions that affect their lives.

We based these resources on civics education, which helps students engage with and take part in the democratic process.

Use these resources to promote your students’ critical thinking and increase their knowledge of citizens’ rights and responsibilities to contribute to and take part in decision-making.

Links to the New Zealand Curriculum

These resources link to social sciences (social studies).

Conceptual strand: Identity, Culture and Organisation

Students learn about society and communities and about how they function. They also learn about the diverse cultures and identities of people within those communities and about the effects on the participation of groups and individuals.

Key competencies

This resource fosters in students the key competencies of:

  • thinking: to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas
  • participating and contributing: contributing as a group member and being actively involved in their communities.

Level 3 (Years 5-6) achievement objectives

Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to understand how:

  • groups make and implement rules and laws
  • people make decisions about access to and use of resources.

Level 4 (Years 7-8) achievement objectives

Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to understand:

  • the ways in which leadership of groups is acquired and exercised have consequences for communities and societies
  • how formal and informal groups make decisions that impact communities
  • how people participate individually and collectively in response to community challenges.


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