History in S1 offers pupils the chance to study a range of topics in order to provide a well balanced understanding of the past. Pupils will focus on skills development at every stage. This helps pupils to succeed in History and many subject areas beyond.
Pupils are engaged in a range of activities that support and challenge them at every turn. Frequent approaches to learning and teaching include; whole-class discussion, group work, individual written work, debates, research projects, presentations and many others.
The areas pupils will be studying in S1 include:
- What is History?
- Local History – Growing up with Loch Leven
- Prehistoric Scotland
- Scotland in the Middle Ages
Within these units pupils will have the opportunity to expand upon their classroom learning. Some of the great opportunities pupils will experience include:
- Hadrian's Wall Residential Trip
- Class trips to local Historical Sites
- Opportunities to work with staff from the Kinross Museum staff
Pupils will be assessed continually throughout S1-2. All pupils’ assessments will be recorded in their own ‘Pupil Folio’. This will be a record of evidence of their achievements throughout S1 and S2 and will be used to determine their level of attainment.
Each unit in S1 has 2 significant pieces of homework that are designed to help develop skills and understanding. Each unit also has a traditional end of unit assessment, and pupils are expected to prepare for this at home.
Recording and Reporting
Pupils complete a 'Skills Passport' throughout S1 in order to appreciate that skills developed in History are transferable across the curriculum. They are also encouraged to reflect on their own strengths in these areas as well as to consider how they can continue to improve their skills. See here for more information: S1 Skills Passport
Any causes for concern are discussed at Departmental Meetings and passed on to Support for Pupils if appropriate.