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Principal Teacher | Mr Ralph Coates

Faculty Overview 

  • Mr Gareth Dargie (RME)
  • Mrs Ali Govan (Geography)
  • Mrs Vikki Robb (Geography)
  • Mr Paul Kelly (History)
  • Mr Scott Reid (NQT - Modern Studies)

Depute Head Teacher Link - Mr Ally Mills - a.mills@angusschools.org.uk

School & Pupil Support Assistants - Miss Donna Whitton, Mrs Tina McCombie

Curriculum Overview 

  • Economics at Nat 5
  • Geography at S3 BGE, Nat 4/5, Higher, Advanced Higher.
  • History at S3 BGE, Nat 4/5, Higher, Advanced Higher.
  • Modern Studies at S1-S2 BGE.
  • Philosophy at Nat 5, Higher.
  • RME at BGE S1-S3, Core S4.
  • Travel and Tourism at Nat 5

 

BGE S1-S3

 

Social Subjects is delivered by a rotation of the three main subjects through S1 and S2. Pupils will study two topics from each of the subjects for three periods per week. In S3 pupils are able to choose either History or Geography, with the option to take both if they choose History enhancement. RME is delivered throughout the year as a Core subject with one period per week



Subject

S1

S2

S3

History

Invasion, Siege and Plague


Wars of Independence

World War Two


Slavery and the USA

The Holocaust


Women and the Vote


Causes of the First World War

History (Enhancement)

Mary Queen of Scots and the Reformation


The Russian Revolution

Geography

Maps and the Local Area


Weather and Climate

Earth Forces

(volcanoes and earthquakes)


Rich World, Poor World

Tourism: Spain


Climate zones:

Tundra and Rainforest


River Landscapes


Settlements

Modern Studies

Rights and Responsibilities


Democracy and Participation

Terrorism

RME

What is Religion?


Who am I?


Islam





Buddhism


Hinduism


Animal Ethics


Racism

Crime and Punishment


YPI (Charity Project)


Morals

 

History S4-S6

 

History is currently the most popular of the Social Subjects in the Senior School. Pupils will all be entered for National 5 at the beginning of S4 and depending on how well they perform will continue at that level to sit the examination. Pupils can also be entered for National 3 and National 4. In S5, they can continue with history at Higher level and if successful can choose to study in S6 at Advanced Higher level. A wide range of topics which are aimed at stimulating the interest of pupils as well as developing key skills such as literacy, research, analysis and evaluation are shown in the table below.



National 4-5

Scottish:

The Era of the Great War, 1910-1928

British:

Changing Britain 1760-1914 or The Making of Modern Britain, 1880-1951

European and World:

Hitler and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 or Free At Last: USA 1918-1968

Higher

Scottish:  The Era of the Great War, 1910-1928 or Wars of Independence

British: Britain 1850-1951

European and World: USA 1918-68

Advanced Higher

Germany: from Democracy to Dictatorship, 1918-39

 

Useful Links:

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45628.html

https://mrmarrhistory.wordpress.com/

https://www.bbc.com/education/levels/z6gw2hv

https://www.bbc.com/education/levels/zkdqxnb

 

Geography S4-S6

 

Geography is the study of the world we live in, its environments, landscapes and natural disasters, and the relationships between people and environments.

Geography is considered to be a subject which provides pupils with a wide variety of skills  for life because it spans both the arts and the sciences.

Pupils will all be entered for National 5 at the beginning of S4 and depending on how well they perform will continue at that level to sit the examination. Pupils can also be entered for National 3 and National 4. In S5, they can continue with Geography at Higher level and if successful can choose to study in S6 at Advanced Higher level. A wide range of topics which are aimed at stimulating the interest of pupils as well as developing key skills such as literacy, numeracy,  research, analysis and evaluation are shown in the table below. Pupils will also learn how to gather and process data in the field.

 

National 4-5

Physical


Glaciation and coasts: landforms, land use and conflict


Weather:

Factors affecting weather. High and low pressure systems. Synoptic charts and the impact of weather



Human


Population: Distribution and demographic change


Rural: Hi-tech agriculture and intensive peasant farming in Asia


Urban:  Urban models. The development of cities in developed and developing countries

Global Issues


Environmental Hazards: Volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes


Global Climate Change: Causes, effects and management

Higher

Lithosphere: Glaciation and coasts:  landforms, land use and conflict

Atmosphere: global circulation patterns and the ITCZ

Hydrosphere: River landforms and flood hydrographs

Biosphere:

Soils

Population: Collecting data. Demographic transition

Rural: environmental conflict and solutions in the tropical rainforests

Urban:

Housing and transport issues in the developed and developing world

Global Climate Change:

Causes, impacts, solutions



Development and Health: Development indicators. Differences in development between and within countries.

Malaria.

Advanced Higher

Geographical Study:

Student’s own choice- either physical or human geography

Geographical methods and techniques. Data gathering and statistical analysis

Essay on a current global issue: student’s own choice of topic.

 

Useful Links:

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45627.html

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/znbw2h

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zmhs34j

 

Modern Studies S4-S6

 

Modern Studies is being introduced this year as a Higher/National 5 bi-level class.

 

The purpose of Modern Studies is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of contemporary political and social issues in local, Scottish, United Kingdom and international contexts. In these contexts, learners will develop an awareness of the social and political issues they will meet in their lives.

 

National 5

Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom: Learners develop knowledge and understanding of the place of Scotland within the UK’s political system.  

Social Issues in the United Kingdom: Learners develop knowledge and understanding of the causes and consequences of social issues within the UK.  

International Issues: The study of the political system of a world power, its international relations and socio-economic issues.

Higher

Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom: Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of the UK’s political system, including the place of Scotland within this system

Social Issues in the United Kingdom: They develop knowledge and understanding of the causes and consequences of social inequality and attempts by government, other organisations and individuals to tackle it.  

International Issues: The study of a world power focuses on the political system of the world power, its international relations and socio-economic issues within the major world power



Useful links:

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/ztsvr82

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47924.html

https://www.edubuzz.org/plhs-humanities/for-learners/subjects/modern-studies/higher-modern-studies/

 

Philosophy S4-S6

 

Philosophy teaches not what to think, but how to think. You learn how to question, how to look ‘underneath’ the commonly accepted viewpoints and also how to come up with good reasons and evidence for your beliefs and opinions.

The courses develop reasoning skills by focusing on abstract concepts and philosophical problems. Learners develop basic knowledge and understanding of philosophy and encourages the ability to engage with abstract thought.





National 5

Arguments in Action


Examining and assessing the reliability of simple arguments.



Knowledge and Doubt



Examine theories regarding the nature of knowledge and how it is acquired.

Moral Philosophy



Examine theories regarding moral decision-making and how these theories might be applied to specific situations.

Higher

Arguments in Action


Developing knowledge and understanding of argument structure, philosophical techniques and errors in reasoning.

Knowledge and Doubt



Develops the ability to explain, analyse and evaluate two theories of knowledge.

Moral Philosophy



Developing the ability to explain, analyse and evaluate two moral theories.  

Useful Links:

https://www.edubuzz.org/jburt/higher-phil/

https://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/CfE_CourseUnitSupportNotes_Higher_HealthandWellbeing_Philosophy.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJgBARSXbJZ1lMeTlGnNQmg/playlists?disable_polymer=1



Other subjects (available but not currently taught):

Economics

Travel and Tourism


Faith

Friendliness,

Achievement,

Inclusion,

Trust and Respect,

Honesty