History

Aims of the History Department

In S1 History pupils will study the Jacobite’s and Mary Queen of Scots. Pupils will be engaging with sources and evaluating how these events have contributed to Scotland. While studying Mary Queen of Scots pupils will be able to evaluate the impact Mary Queen of Scots.

In S2 pupils will study the Atomic bomb and the Holocaust. Pupils will firstly look at the election of JFK through to his assassination in 1963. In the Second rotation pupils will study the impact of the Atomic bomb and evaluate the impact it has had on the world. Then pupils will look at the events of World War 2: The Holocaust, where pupils understand the events and assess the impact it has in the world.

In History we study the Great War, we study the impact of the war and compare modern day life to life during the war. We also look at the policy changes in Britain during that time.

In S3 History we continue to enhance pupils evaluating and analysing skills in preparation for the senior phase.

Staff Names

Mrs E. McQuillan - Curricular leader for Social Subjects

Miss A. Sherwood -History

Mrs L. Dickenson - History

Qualification Course Layout

National 3

History provides learners with insights into their own lives and into the society and wider world in which they live. By examining the past, learners can better understand their own communities, their country and the wider world. Through an understanding of the concept of continuity, they can better appreciate change and its significance, both in their own times and in the past. The topics covered in History is the Atlantic Slave Trade 1770- 1807, The Era of the Great War, 1910-1928 and Nazi Germany, 1919-1939.

National 4

History provides learners with insights into their own lives and into the society and wider world in which they live. By examining the past, learners can better understand their own communities, their country and the wider world. Through an understanding of the concept of continuity, they can better appreciate change and its significance, both in their own times and in the past. The topics covered in History are the Atlantic Slave Trade 1770- 1807, The Era of the Great War, 1910-1928 and Civil Rights in the USA, 1918-1968.

National 5

The purpose of Geography is to develop the learner’s understanding of our changing world and its human and physical processes. Opportunities for practical activities, including fieldwork, will be encouraged, so that learners can interact with their environment. The contexts for study are local, national, international and global. Geography draws on the social and natural sciences: interdisciplinary learning is therefore fundamental to geographical study and encourages links with other disciplines. In the 21st century, with growing awareness of the impact of human activity on the environment and scarce resources, the study of Geography fosters positive life-long attitudes of environmental stewardship, sustainability and global citizenship.

Higher

History provides learners with insights into their own lives and into the society and wider world in which they live. By examining the past, learners can better understand their own communities, their country and the wider world. Through an understanding of the concept of continuity, they can better appreciate change and its significance, both in their own times and in the past. This purpose will be achieved through the study of the three Units of the Course which will cover Scottish, British, European and world contexts in a variety of time periods.

Options cover topics from the Medieval, Early Modern and Later Modern periods and include elements of political, social, economic and cultural history. The approach developed and the understanding gained can be applied to other historical settings and issues.