As part of S1 Social Subjects all pupils will participate in six units over the course of the year.  This allows pupils to experience different skills and gain knowledge on subjects specific topics.


Scotland and the Local Area

This unit is an introduction to geography and allows the pupils to develop several skills. The pupils will conduct an environmental quality survey of 3 locations in the local area, they will then process this information by drawing a bar graph. They will use this data to write a proposal explaining how they think the environment in the local area could be improved. Pupils will learn how to read an OS map in this unit, they will learn about direction, map symbols, 4 & 6 figure grid references and how to measure distance and relief on an OS map. To ensure the pupils have an understanding of the importance of map reading they will undertake a task where they have to imagine they are a mountain rescue team in the Scottish Highlands and must rescue a hill walker. To do this they will use a programme called “digimaps for schools”. After learning some basic map skills the pupils will move on to learn about Scotland’s physical features and tourist activities in Glasgow.

Scotland and the Wider World

Having previously studied Scotland and the Local Area the pupils will expand on their worldwide knowledge throughout this unit. The unit starts with a focus on early and modern settlements, there will a task where the pupils have to take the role of a town planning committee and work in teams to plan a new town. After this map skills will be revisited, specifically looking at how to use an atlas and using latitude and longitude. We will then look at our divided world and how there is a North/South divide, to help us understand this divide we will learn about measuring a countries development. To ensure the pupils have an understanding of the differences in development we will compare a developed and developing country, investigate a slum area, find out about issues relating to water in settlements and the many difficulties families face in developing world settlements. To end this unit pupils will write a development proposal, using their knowledge to decide on the best actions for Kenya to take to help their development.


The Impact of the Romans and Celts on Scotland

Pupils will examine a range of historical terms such as the differences between Primary and Secondary evidence, understanding centuries and the importance of chronology.  They will examine the lives of the Celts and the Romans and assess the impact these group had on Scotland.

Pupils will have the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • Having an awareness of sequence and chronology.
  • Observing, describing and recording.
  • Discussion and informed debate.

Local History & Citizenship

In this unit of work pupils will explore the history of the local area and draw comparisons between the past and present.  Pupils will investigate the history of Alloa Tower and complete a project based on the tower trail.

Pupils will have the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • Collecting and summarising information
  • Literacy


Modern Studies

Participation in politics

Pupils will study how decisions are made in the UK how they can become involved in UK political life.

They will also look at how our representatives go about carrying out their roles and the course will culminate with a class mock election!

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Explain what a democracy is
  • Explain who our representatives are
  • Describe how to vote in UK elections
  • Understand the role played by our different types of representatives
  • Demonstrate their understanding through a class election

Human Rights

This unit looks at the rights and responsibilities of children with a focus on areas where children are denied their rights.  There are three case studies that we will focus on; girls and education, child soldiers and street children.  At the end of the unit the pupils will look at the United Nations and how they can help to resolve the situation including taking part in a mock UN meeting.