Social Subjects

Broad General Education

In S1 pupils study an integrated Social Studies course based on Scotland. They follow a chronological theme studying how Scotland’s landscape is formed and the early peoples who settled this new landscape. The course thereafter studies key points in Scotland’s history as well as the evolvement of Scottish society and political systems taking us right up to the present day and the ongoing debate over Scottish independence. In S1 Business pupils will work in groups to create their own award winning chocolate bar. They will be responsible for carrying out market research as well as designing, marketing and advertising their product.

In S2 and S3 pupils study discrete History, Geography and Business. In Physical Geography pupils study how volcanic, mountainous, and glacial landscapes have formed whilst in Human Geography pupils will encounter cityscapes and farming in both the rich and poor world as well as an insight into the difficult environments of the tundra and rainforests. In S2 History pupils study the circumstances and theories surrounding the assassination of JFK as well as life in Germany under Adolf Hitler and in particular the persecution of the Jews. In S3 History the journey of Black Americans in the Civil Rights campaign along with the lead up to the global conflict of World War 1. In S2 Business, pupils will develop the skills and knowledge relating to a number of different business areas which will include staying safe online and examining the different functional areas of a business. Pupils will also be challenged with improving their administration skills and will encounter challenges such as setting up a profitable business. In S3  Business students are introduced to a wide range of business theory including: types of company and business structures; business and personal finance and planning; external factors and their impact on business; importance of stakeholder groups and economic factors relating to business success and failure. Students are encouraged to take part in business challenges where they work with peers using ICT to develop research skills and enterprising approaches to solve business problems.

Throughout all subjects a variety of methodologies and assessments will be utilised.  Pupils will be responsible for working individually as well as in pairs or as part of a group on a range of different tasks. Formative and summative assessment will be used and pupils will be asked to participate in both peer and self reflection. In all subjects the skills of describing, explaining, analysing and evaluating with be developed in order to aid the transition into the senior phase.

Senior Phase: History

In National 4/5 History pupils will continue to study Scotland and the Great War.  This will be followed by a study of Britain from 1760-1914.  Finally pupils will complete a topic on Russian History including the revolutions during the reign of Tsar Nicholas II as well as the rise of Lenin and the effects of his dictatorship.  Pupils will complete course work as well as an assignment.  There is also an option for a visit to the Gordon Highlanders Museum as well as a visit from a WW1 weapons specialist.

In Higher History pupils will study Modern British History, Germany from Unification to the Nazis as well as Early 20th Century Scotland.  Course work consists of essays and source questions as well as a personal assignment.

In Advanced Higher History the area of study is Russia from 1914-1945.  Course work continues to build on essay and source skills as well as completing a personal dissertation.  Pupils also have an opportunity to apply for the Lessons From Auschwitz project and visit.

Senior Phase: Geography

In National 4/5 and Higher Geography pupils will encounter coastal, river and limestone landscapes and weather systems  in Physical Environments; world population, industry; changes in rural and urban landscapes in Human Environments and Geographical Issues such as Climate Change,  Development and Health, River Basin Management and Natural Disasters.

Advanced Higher Geography is very much skills based with pupils engaging in a wide range of Physical and Human fieldwork. Alongside this map work, processing and presentation skills will be developed as well as learning how to critically evaluate key Geographical Issues.

Senior Phase Business

In National 4/5 and Higher Business Management the courses consist of five topics. Pupils will be asked to study the understanding of business, the management of marketing, the management of operations, the management of people and lastly the management of finance. The course assessment for both National 5 as well as Higher will consist of an external exam as well as an assignment. There is also the opportunity for pupils in S5 to take part in a Young Enterprise challenge. The Business department has linked with the Business School at Aberdeen University and there is the opportunity for senior pupils to visit the university to take part in Business workshops and lectures.