S1 Geography



Course Overview

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. 

Course Content

The First Year course begins with an introduction to the main elements of physical, human and environmental Geography.


    • The divided world
    • Indicators of development
    • Countries and people of Asia
    • History, religion and geography of India
    • Migration to the cities
    • Life in the slums


    • OS Maps and mapping
    • Using compass points
    • Using direction
    • Using scale and distance
    • Using 4 and 6 figure grid references
    • Contour mapping


    • Uses of water
    • Comparing the impact of flooding
    • Water pollution


Within the course we use a variety of teaching and learning approaches including, cooperative learning, group work, class discussions, individual written work, presentations, debates and role play.


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 oportunity throughout the year to assess their own progress and set their own targets.


Homework is set  to support and consolidate classroom learning and can vary from pupils researching a topic for a report, revising for an assessment or looking over the work of that day's lesson. In First year, homework is quite often project based.

Recording and 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, however any concerns about a pupil's progress would be raised our weekly departmental meeting. After speaking with the pupil, if need be we would contact home by phone or letter, discuss our concern with our Guidance and Support for Learning colleagues or indeed with the Senior Management Team.

S1 Course Outline

Mr McAuley


The course is made up of 3 Units:

    • Unit 1: Physical Environments
    • Unit 2: Human Environments
    • Unit 3: Environmental Interactions



    • Atmosphere: global atmosphere and climate
    • Hydrosphere: global water cycle, with detailed study of river features
    • Lithosphere: selected British landscapes and their formation
    • Biosphere: natural vegetation change, ecosystems and soil types



    • Population: population structure, change and migration
    • Rural: selected agricultural systems, their landscapes and rural change
    • Industrial: industrial systems, landscapes and change
    • Urban: urban systems, patterns and change



Uses knowledge and skills from the Physical and Human Environments Units to examine in-depth case studies from the Developed and Developing World.

    • River Basin Management: case study of a major river management scheme
    • Development and Health: case studies of development, health and disease


Mrs Macnamara

1F and 1D Flood Report due: Monday 29th February


Mrs Kemp

1E and 1D homework

Flooding report is due on Thursday the 25th of February. This forms part of your assessment for S1 Geography. If you have any questions please come and see me.

 Instruction sheet is found here

 Marking Scheme is found here

 Help Sheet is found here

Mrs Johnstone

S1 For Monday 23rd February

Make sure you have completed your Map Symbols page in your worksheet (page 6).

You need to draw symbols using the correct colours, at least one of each of  the following :

  • a drawing eg Blue M for Museum,
  • one line eg Thick Blue line for Motorway
  • an abbreviation eg Sch for school
  • one area eg Pale green with 3 christmas trees for Coniferous forest

To help you, under S1 use this OS legend pdf to help you .


Below are some great web sites which will help you with your school work but they are also really informative and of interest to everyone.

Unicef Gifts

World Gifts

Real Aid

Present Aid

Oxfam Gift Aid

Google Earth

National Geo TV

National Geographic

Junior National Geographic

Mapzone puzzles