Year 0 - 10 Options

As well as the established programmes below, the education officer is willing to work with you to develop a session that suits your assessment requirements.

Social Studies Year 0-10 programme options

  • Hands on learning focusing on gold and life in 19th century New Zealand
  • Learn about Southern Maori in the Lakes District through legends, drama and artefacts
  • Walk through Arrowtown and stop at a miner's cottage, get locked up in a goldfields gaol and visit St Patrick's Church and Mary MacKillop's cottage
  • Explore the Chinese settlement and discover what life was like for these industrious people
  • Try your hand at gold panning in the famous Arrow River with an expert tutor
  • Experience a class with Miss Gray in our 1880s schoolhouse wearing costumes
  • Learn how to make butter and rag mats
  • Experience first hand shelter building, using washboards and digging long drops
  • Get hands on with original artefacts
  • Use the historic cemetery to learn about class, religion, death and disease
  • Explore inventions created by pioneering New Zealanders

Other options:

1880s Schoolyard games, Photographic Interpretation, Communication, Transport, Inventions, Women in the Wakatipu, Native Birds... or choose a special topic that we can tailor to you and your needs.

Or if you would like us to develop activities suited to your topic, get in touch!

Sample Programme (programmes can be for 1-2 hours or for the whole day):

Time Activity
  9.20-10.30 Miss Gray's Victorian Classroom Experience (Who will 'get the cane'?)
10.30-10.45                                Morning Tea
10.45-11.30 Museum Visit (Hands on Artefacts/Scavenger Hunt)
11.30-12.30 Historic Walk (Visit Arrowtown Landmarks and Get Locked in the Old Gaol!)
12.30-13.30                                Lunch
13.30-14.30 Chinese Village Tour (Imagine Life as a 1860s Miner)
14.30-15.30 Gold Panning (Who will get gold fever?)


Social Sciences curriculum

Our programmes have clear links to the curriculum strands of social sciences:

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

Place and Environment – Students learn about how people perceive, represent, interpret, and interact with places and environments. They come to understand the relationships that exist between people and the environment.

Continuity and Change – Students learn about past events, experiences, and actions and the changing ways in which these have been interpreted over time. This helps them to understand the past and the present and to imagine possible futures.

The Economic World – Students learn about the ways in which people participate in economic activities and about the consumption, production, and distribution of goods and services. They develop an understanding of their role in the economy and of how economic decisions affect individuals and communities.

We work with you to ensure your learning goals and curriculum focus is met on your visit.

Our educators encourage students to use a social inquiry approach on their visits:

  • ask questions, gather information and background ideas, and examine relevant current issues
  • explore and analyse people’s values and perspectives
  • consider the ways in which people make decisions and participate in social action
  • reflect on and evaluate the understandings they have developed and the responses that may be required.

In line with the curriculum we also utilise the key competencies of:

  • Thinking
  • Relating to others
  • Using language, symbols, and texts
  • Managing self
  • Participating and contributing