Making Choices teaching resources

These teaching resources align with levels 1 and 2 of the New Zealand Curriculum. Use them to encourage young students to share opinions and make choices that affect their lives.

Links to the New Zealand Curriculum

Key competencies 

Students will be supported to develop the key competencies of:

  • thinking, by considering different viewpoints people have and deciding what they think about the topic themselves
  • relating to others, by listening to and understanding other people’s points of view
  • participating and contributing, by evaluating the issues and understanding the importance of participation in the electoral process.

Level 1 (Years 1-2) achievement objectives

Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to:

  • understand how belonging to groups is important for people
  • understand that people have different roles and responsibilities as part of their participation in groups.

Level 2 (Years 3-4) achievement objectives

Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to:

  • understand that people have social, cultural and economic roles, rights and responsibilities
  • understand how people make choices to meet their needs and wants
  • understand how people make significant contributions to New Zealand’s society.

Conceptual understandings

Students will understand that:

  • people’s opinions and perspectives can be different, and that’s OK
  • people can work together to make a change
  • we can make choices that affect our lives and talk about why we made them
  • democracy allows everyone to have a say in making the rules.
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