PPY Social Studies


Presenters: Nestor, Sama and Diana

Target Audience: Teachers and Parents

Today’s Topic: Social Studies


A transcript in Pijin is available: Social Studies PPY 2020_Pijin

Recap from Previous Session: Science

Science is the third learning area of the PPY Curriculum. It has three strands:

  1. Science Knowledge:

In this strand the learners will learn:

  • About living and non-living things such as people, animals, rocks, stones, logs, plants.
  • Understand that all people and animals have babies and families so respect them. For examples: father and mother cared for them because they love and cared for them.
  • Identify types of soils, for examples: sandy soil, clay soil, rocky,
  • Name and identify things stays inside universe.
  • Types of creatures, lands, air, sea, river. E.g. for lands: dogs, cats, rat, and pig, and chicken, cow, for air: birds, flying fox, bats, dove, for sea/water: fish, turtles, crocodile, snake, and mermaid.
  • Identify needs of animals and people have. For peoples need: water to drink /swim, air we breathe, food to eat, house to shelter, clothes to wear.

2. Science Skills:

  • Identify the senses of sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. For examples: describe some objects through sight, like mirror, glass, use or source of smell through senses of smell only, taste of foods sweet or bitter, sour and salty.
  • Explore causes and effect through activities. E.g. cooking rice, potatoes

3. Science for Others:

  • How to care for the sea, and land .for examples: do no throw these followings to the sea such as plastics, batteries, irons, tyres, dead animals, Use Sea as a place to depose wastes / rubbish. Keep your land and our environment clean at all times.
  • Consequences of not caring for the land and sea, we will not have good environment for fish to bride own babies, avoid chopping of tree for shade and birds to sleep and make nests to have babies.
  • Build water safety, aware safety of swimming in the sea and rivers, swim in the shallow place, never go the deep place.
  • Discuss their favourite foods one that really eats a lot.
  • Discuss and identify healthy food unhealthy.

Today’s Session: Social Studies

Social Studies is the fourth learning area in the PPY curriculum.

THEME: Value – Thankfulness

What is social studies?

  • Social studies is a study of people and community, places, cultures and relationship.

What is thankfulness or thank you?

  • Thankfulness is shows gratitude, gratefulness, appreciation, appreciates beauty.



 Thank you in different languages?

  • Tikopia— Awe
  • Rennald and Bellona—awei
  • Malaita—- Lea liu.
  • Sikainana—
  • Gerlberth— Koropa
  • Vela—-Matu uri.
  • Temotu— awi



Give an example of thankfulness in different ways:

  1. When someone give you something.
  2. When you ask for help then someone helps you.
  3. When you are sick and get recovered.
  4. When you are in trouble and you free from it.
  5. When someone appreciate you for being good.



Roles in the community. What they do in the communities and we appreciate them.


  • Keep people and guide them in the community.
  • Keep law and order in the community.
  • Organize and plan for visitors visiting the place.
  • Conduct a meeting.
  • Organize feasting.
  • Discipline people in the community.


  • Provide spiritual practices in the community.
  • To do healing.
  • To do burial.
  • Do counselling in the community.
  • Show good roles model in the community.
  • Visited nearly villages and settlers.
  • Discipline people in the community.


  • Provide awareness on health.
  • Provide health services in the community.
  • Tour near bye villages and settlers for immunization.
  • Provide delivery services in the community.


  • Teach children in the school.
  • Provide PTA meeting in the community.
  • Look after school surrounding and school properties.
  • Counselling children at school.
  • Discipline children at school.
  • Create school policies.


To all children around the country I want you to listen to the story carefully later I will ask you three questions and you are going to answer them.


Thelma was sitting on the step of her house. She could see most of the community and she looked around the see what they were doing. Everyone was busy doing something. Thelma wanted to know why they were busy. She decided to go for a walk and find out. She would ask the people a question and listen to the answers.

Thelma stood up from the step and started to walk. First, she came to a teacher. “Why do you like to be a teacher?” Thelma asked.

“I like to help children learn about our wonderful world,” the teacher answered.

“That sounds very important,” said Thelma. “Thank-you for being a teacher.”

Next, Thelma came to a farmer. “Why do you like to be a farmer?” Thelma asked.

“I like to make sure that everyone has plenty of food to eat,” the farmer answered. “That sounds very important,” said Thelma. “Thank-you for being a farmer.”

Next, Thelma came to a nurse. “Why do you like to be a nurse?” Thelma asked.

“I like to help people get better when they are sick,” the nurse answered.

“That sounds very important,” said Thelma. “Thank-you for being a nurse.”

Next, Thelma came to a pastor. “Why do you like to be a pastor?” Thelma asked.

“I like to help people to live in peace and love,” the pastor answered.

“That sounds very important,” said Thelma. “Thank-you for being a pastor.”

Next, Thelma came to the chief. “Why do you like to be the chief?” Thelma asked.

I like to make sure that our community has everything it needs,” the chief answered.

“That sounds very important,” said Thelma. “Thank-you for being the chief.”

Next, Thelma came to her granny. “Why do you like to be a granny?” Thelma asked.

“I like to make sure that you know you are loved,” her granny answered.

“That sounds very important,” said Thelma. “Thank-you for being a granny.”

Thelma started to walk back to her house. She thought about all the answers and she thought about how everyone in the community was important. She especially liked her granny’s answer, telling Thelma she was loved.

Thelma knew she said thank-you to her granny, but she wanted to say an extra big thank-you. She went and picked some flowers and went back to her granny’s house.

“These flowers are an extra big thank-you for being my granny,” Thelma said.

“You are very important,” said her granny. “Thank-you for being my grandchild.”



  1. Why did Thelma wanted to know, when they are busy?

Ans: She wanted to ask questions and listen to the answer.


  1. What did Thelma say first to the teacher?

Ans: She asked her a question “Why you like a teacher?”


  1. Why did Thelma say to her granny?

Ans: She wanted to say thank you to her granny.  


Resources appropriate in social studies areas. 

Picture of families photo, sequences of pictures, A4 papers, crayons, pencils, colours, Houses in the community, Solomon Islands map, Village pictures, peoples and places, traditional costumes, water, buckets, traditional costumes, Solomon Flag, picture of feasting during celebration.

What are the roles of Teachers and Parents?

Teachers role:

In social studies activities

  • (Anecdotal notes) The PPY teachers should make note as to whether the learner participates in discussion about family and community activities.
  • The learners should be directed to make a house with any features nearby (perhaps it is by a river or near some trees). The teacher should make note of any explanation given by the learner as to why the house is there.
  • The teacher should participate in preparing a traditional dish of food and performing in a custom dance.
  • Observe the learners participation in composing, recycling and binning habits.

Parents role:

  • Share custom stories with your own children.
  • Involve your children in food preparation for special celebration at home.
  • Talk about real stories happening why and how places locate and relocate to where you are now.
  • Share ideas and involve children with traditional costumes making.
  • Involve your children with custom dancing.
  • Let your children know your cultures practices at home.
  • Take them to festival activities.
  • Talks about all families’ members and other extended families especially their names and their roles in the family.
  • Use own dialect at home with your children at home.
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