S2 Modern Studies
The S2 course reflects the Experiences and Outcomes from Curriculum for Excellence in Social Studies; People in society, economy and business. The course is designed to promote active learning, thinking skills and problem solving in relevant contemporary contexts.
- Democracy in the UK – the Role and Responsibilities of MPs, the electoral system, powers of the parliament.
- Skills Development – Identifying exaggeration and bias within sources & making conclusions based on evidence
- World Issues – Case Studies on different current world issues including poverty, conflict, health and wealth inequalities
- Case Study: China – An interdisciplinary unit focussing on comparing and contrasting the political system in China to the UK
Learning and teaching approaches are:
- Focused on the learner
- Enjoyable, relevant and inclusive – enhancing the
experience, achievement and attainment of all
- Active, allowing young people to become
problem solvers in a supportive and stimulating
- Flexible and creative, allowing for personalisation of
- Allow for choice and challenge
- Collaborative and co-operative, promoting quality
social interaction between young people.
- Using ICT to support digital literacy whilst enhancing the curriculum
We use a variety of assessment approaches to allow learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and capabilities in each subject:
- Observing day-to-day learning within the classroom.
- Coursework, including end of unit tests.
- Project work where pupils lead their learning.
- Teams’ submissions including homework and quizzes.
- Peer and self-evaluation.
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. As a result, learners receive high-quality feedback to support their understanding of their progress in learning and what they need to do to improve.
iPads are used thoughtfully in lessons to enhance learning and raise attainment.
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 received written feedback and next seps as well as verbal feedback. Staff report formally to parents via Tracking Reports and at parent consultations as per the school calendar.