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Social Subjects

Broad general Education: S1 - S3


Social subjects are recognised as important and high achieving subjects in St. Andrew’s. The faculty comprises three subjects Geography, History and Modern Studies. The study of the past, the present and how our world was formed gives young people a deeper understanding of fundamental issues today. The three discrete subjects each form crucial parts of the broad general education young people receive in St. Andrew’s from S1-S3.



What skills are developed in Social Subjects?


Learners will develop transferable skills such as problem solving and teamwork when collaborating with others. In addition, the Social Subjects faculty uses cooperative learning techniques which encourages the development of both academic and social skills.


Pupils will be able to:


·         Work cooperatively with others

·         Develop social skills

·         Improve literacy and numeracy skills

·         Develop ICT skills

·         Develop skills of problem solving

·         Gain an understanding of key social subjects concepts

·         Explore issues such as health and wellbeing.


How is the Social Subjects BGE framework structured?


·         Social Subjects BGE is divided into level 3 and level 4 experiences and outcomes.

·         Level 4 outcomes will prepare pupils for SQA National 4 and National 5 qualifications and beyond.


What are the features of effective learning and teaching in Social Subjects?


·         Personalisation and choice in the nature of classroom tasks to support skills development. All tasks encourage creativity and imagination alongside higher order thinking skills.

·         A combination of independent, differentiated learning and collaboration among pupils to complete larger tasks.


How do we build on prior learning?


·         Increasing challenging contexts develop learners’ practical skills and depth of understanding.

·         Course content connects with learners’ experiences and interests in the real world and builds upon their existing knowledge.


What are the broad features of assessment in Social Subjects?


·         Assessment will focus on cooperative work and on creative tasks

·         Other assessments will include short summative (written) approaches.

·         Peer and self-assessment also play a significant part when progressing through the course.

·         Formative assessment (oral and written feedback) by teacher.


Connections with other areas of the curriculum


·         The development of problem solving skills provides links to Maths, Science and Technical subjects.

·         The development literacy skills including extended writing is closely tied to English

·         Creative tasks have links to art and design.

·         Activities to support development of skills in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing are embedded in activities throughout the course.


National 4 and 5 Social Subjects


At National level, pupils specialise in up to two social subjects.


Higher Social Subjects


The faculty offers higher qualifications in all three discrete subjects, pupils can study all of these over S5 and S6.