Social Subjects

Linda Howie (Curriculum Leader, History teacher)
Clare Brown (History)
Eleanor Shedden (Geography)
Maisie Taylor (Modern Studies)

S1 and S2 Social Subjects

In S1 and S2 students will follow a Social Subjects course which will give them the opportunity to explore a variety of themes and topics.

In S1 students have Social Subjects 2 periods per week and will study the following:

  • Enquiry skills
  • Archaeology and Skara Brae
  • The Egyptians
  • Kingdom of the Scots
  • Our local area (fieldwork)
  • Atlas and map skills
  • Our weather
  • Rich world versus Poor world
  • Decision making in the U.K
  • E.U and alliances

In S2 students have Social Subjects 3 periods per week and will study the following units:

  • Hot deserts and desertification– an understanding of how living things have adapted to this extreme climatic region.
  • Edinburgh’s evolution– how Edinburgh’s landscape has been shaped by ice, the life of Mary Queen of Scots, sectarianism, tourism, map work and the trams debate. This unit will give students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the city they live.
  • Fighting for Freedom, Fighting for rights– this unit explores the rights of the child in the past and today. Students will study the Kinder -transport and the holocaust, child soldiers and child labourers around the world, child poverty and the role of charities.
  • Explosive Earth– is all about the structure of the earth and how volcanoes and earthquakes are a result of tectonic movement. Students will explore famous case studies such as the Boxing Day tsunami, the eruption of Mount Etna, the Haitian earthquake and the volcanic eruption in Iceland that caused havoc globally!
  • Conspiracy Theories and terrorism the assassination of JFK will be studied as well as the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks in New York. Students will explore terrorism and the conspiracy theories surrounding these life changing events. The disappearance of the Malaysian flight is also discussed.
  • Rapid Response– students learn about the immediate and long term rescue operations in the aftermath of a natural disaster striking an area. This unit gives the students an opportunity to take part in a role play activity which involves collaboration with the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Trips and Fieldwork
There will be opportunities in Social Subjects to take part in local fieldwork and trips to Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Palace, the Castle and the Scottish Parliament.