The S1 Course reflects the Experiences and Outcomes from Curriculum for Excellence in Social Studies, people place and the environment. The course is designed to promote active learning, thinking skills and problem solving in relevant contexts about our world.
Pupils will develop a sense of space and place as they explore different physical aspects throughout Scotland. These include relief, climate, rivers and key towns and cities. Pupils have the chance to research many interesting facts about Scotland.
Pupils will explore a rivers course from its source (where it begins) to its mouth (where a river meets the sea). Pupils will understand how features including Waterfalls, Meanders, Oxbow Lakes and Levees have formed. Pupils will also understand the different causes and consequences of flooding by using local and global case studies to develop a deeper understanding of this environmental hazard.
Pupils will understand the different human and physical reasons which lead to the process of desertification. This topic investigate the many dangers which can be found in a Desert Environment. Pupils will have the opportunity to create their own ‘Desert Survival’ guide.
Basic Map Skills
Pupils will develop the following map work skills:
- OS Maps and mapping
- Using direction,scale and distance
- Using 4 and 6 figure grid references
Within the course a variety of teaching and learning approaches are used including, cooperative learning, group work, class discussions, individual written work, presentations, debates, model making and role play. Pupils have the opportunity to develop their communication and ICT skills throughout each unit by getting involved in both group led and individual projects.
Assessment is an integral part of our teaching and learning process and we recognise that regular positive and constructive feedback is very important to help pupils progress. Pupil assessments range from short topic tests to extended written tasks, from project work to homework. Pupils are also encouraged to self-reflect and are given the opportunity throughout the year to assess their own progress and set their own targets.
Recording & Reporting
All pupil assessments are routinely graded and recorded by the teacher and the results are stored centrally, these results are used by staff to track the progress of the individuals and ensure that their needs are being met. Pupils also review their own attainment and are encourage to identify ways to improve their learning. Staff report formally to parents as per the school calendar.
Topic: Scotland and the UK
- Research for Tour of Scotland Task
- Tour of Scotland Poster
Topic: River landscapes
- Newspaper article on flooding
- Revision for assessment
Topic: Desert Survival
- Leaflet Task: Desert Survival.
- Wordsearch Activity
Topic: Map Skills
Map skills task
River Landscapes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zkrdmp3/revision
BBC Class clips-
Desert Landscapes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/z2tq4j6/revision