Curriculum Area (Faculty): Social Subjects

1.     Miss K Anderson
2.     Mr A Clark
3.     Mr A Millar
4.     Ms N Stobie
5.     Ms A Tkach

S1 Curriculum
The following Units are taught throughout the year in S1 Social Subjects by a number of teachers.
•    Independence and Nationhood – the formation of India, the United States of America, Scotland and the UK (History)
•    Global Geographical Skills – Map skill in America, Natural Hazards in India and Physical Geography in Scotland (geography)
•    Social and International Issues – Rights, responsibilities and decision-making in Scotland, Immigration in America and Inequalities in India (Modern Studies)


  • Mr A. Clark
  • Ms N. Stobie

S2 Curriculum
•    Ice, Ice, Baby (Location of Antarctica and its Climate, The Race to Antarctica, Impacts of the climate on health, Working in Antarctica, , Animals and their Adaptations)
Term 2 (October – December)
•    Japan (Relief and Climate through maps, Exploring Japan through GIS (Geographic Information Systems), Perceptions of Japan, Ageing Population, Transport, Car Brands/ School Fieldwork, Environmental Research Task)
Term 3 (January – April)
•    Thailand (Introduction, Slums, Tourism and its Impacts, Tsunamis, Islands)
Term 4 (April – June)
The Japan and Thailand Units will overlap terms and so during term 4 the Thailand Unit is completed. With more advanced classes there is potential to cover:
•    The Geography of Crime (What is crime, Rural and Urban Crime, Fear of Crime, Mapping, Jack the Ripper, Piracy, Crime in Shanty towns, Crime in the Ghettos)

Term 1 (August - October)

S3 Curriculum

Term 1 (August - October)

  • Natural Hazards (plate tectonics, volcano structure, real time eruption hazard planning)
  • The Tropical Rainforest (climate graphs, key facts, the location and layers of the rainforest, animal adaptations, the impacts of deforestation and mining, tribes)

Term 2 (October – December)

  • The Tundra (climate graphs, key facts, the location, animal adaptations, the impacts of oil drilling, permafrost, Inuit’s)
  • Glaciation and avalanches (how glaciers are formed, processes of erosion, features of a glaciated landscape, how avalanches form, the impacts and solutions)

Term 3 (January – April)

  • Development and Health (why is Bolivia the poorest country in South America, why are some places more developed than others, a water borne disease and the impacts it can have on people and a country, disease research task)

Term 4 (April – June)

  • Population (collecting data, population pyramids, birth rates and death rates, demographic transition model, fertility policies e.g. one child policy, Singapore)