The Social Studies faculty at Kinross High school consists of four subject areas: Geography, History, Modern Studies and RME. Social Studies aims to provide stimulating and relevant learning experiences for learners by developing a sense of identity within the world around them, both past and present. Pupils will experience a range of teaching methods designed to enhance their learning experience and provide challenge. We aim to develop skills that can be used both in learning, life and work such as debate, discussion, critical thinking and working cooperatively.
Within the faculty, we work hard to build consistency and connections across all four subject areas. One example of this is our ‘Key Questions’ which pupils within the BGE complete as part of day-to-day work in class. We expect high standards of behaviour and effort and we strive to provide high quality learning experiences for all pupils. Preparation for life and work beyond school are at the heart of our practice; skills such as critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, source-handling, investigative skills and research help pupils in their wider studies as well as preparing them for the future.
Although working as a faculty is very important to us, our individual departments are represented by skilled staff who are passionate about their subject-specialisms. Themes of study are topical, challenging and make use of up-to-date, real-life examples from around the world; these include Climate Change, Politics, International Relations, Religion, Philosophy, Moral Issues and British, European and World History. Our aim is to ensure that learning is meaningful and relevant; for pupils to learn both about and from the varied topics we cover. The department is a lively part of the school where pupils are welcomed, nurtured and motivated to achieve their potential. Challenge is high for all pupils and creativity is strongly encouraged. We aim to be approachable, forward-thinking and committed to getting it right for our school and its community.