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What can learning in History achieve for young people?
- you will develop an appreciation of Scotland’s history, heritage and culture and you will understand about Scotland’s place in the world.
- you will learn more about the world by studying human activities in the past
- you will be able to explore and evaluate different types of evidence
- you will establish firm foundations in History that may lead to a career in the subject or to further study of the subject
How is the History framework structured?
- History is divided into level 3 and level 4 Experiences and Outcomes
- Level 3 outcomes, which are mostly taught in S3, will give scope for a broad general education where teachers are at liberty to explore anything that comes up in the subject that adds interest and relevance to the subject
The History Course
- The area studied will be Scotland and Britain from 1880 onwards
- You will identify the population changes caused by emigration and immigration and be aware of the reasons behind these changes
- You will discover what the Liberal Welfare Reforms were and their impact on society through areas such as health care, housing and employment
- You will understand the changes that have taken place in the quality and type of housing from 1880 onwards
- You will investigate the growth and decline of shipbuilding on the River Clyde
- You will study the position of women in 1880, the suffragette movement and the part played by WW1 in gaining women the vote.
- You will complete an investigation into the development of Road Transport
- You will look into the growth of democracy and the Trade Union movement
- The next area of study will be International Cooperation and Conflict 1890-1920
- You will investigate the causes of World War 1, the experiences of soldiers in the trenches, the experiences of those left at home, the reasons why the war ended in 1918, the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations
- The last area of study will be Russia 1914-1941
- You will look at the government of Russia before the 1917 Revolution, the reasons why the people of Russia rebelled against their ruler, the reasons for and the consequences of the Communist takeover (1917-1941)
What are the features of effective learning and teaching in History?
- teaching and learning will be flexible to allow for enjoyment, interest and enthusiasm
- teaching will include a variety of approaches, including AifL techniques, ICT, relevancy, collaborative and independent learning, discussion, debate, cross curricular experiences and external contributors.
How do we build on prior learning?
- pupils will arrive in History with a range of skills already learned
- in History these skills will be further developed, refined and enhanced
- these skill will include:
- observing, describing and recording
- comparing and contrasting information and drawing conclusions based on this
- problem solving skills
- interacting with others and being able to work collaboratively with a range of people
- planning and reviewing investigating strategies
- discussion and debating skills
- being able to construct and interpret different types of graphs
- presentation skills
- as the pupil progresses through school these skills will be used by them in increasingly more complex contexts
What are the broad features of assessment in History?
- assessment will be a combination of summative (end of unit tests) and formative (informal) assessment.
- summative assessments play a vital role in placing pupils in national 4 and/or National 5 classes in S4
- formative assessments will include:
- teacher observation
- pupil self evaluation
- peer evaluation
- presentations to the class
Connections with other areas of the curriculum
- literacy, numeracy and health and well being are central to the teaching and understanding of History this allows scope for working with English, Maths, Pe, Home Economics as well as with Geography and Modern Studies
- presentations in the form of power points will link History closely to the ICT department
The purpose of this course is to provide breadth and depth in the knowledge and understanding of historical concepts through study of chosen contexts. It is also intended to develop skills of evaluating events and sources and of investigating issues.
While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained:
- A grade 1 or 2 at Standard Grade in History or another social subject;
- The Intermediate 2 course in History.
- A course at Intermediate 2 or Higher in another social subject.
There are three units:
1. Historical Study: Scottish and British (H)
A study of British social, economic and political history from 1851 until 1951.
2. Historical Study: European and World (H)
A study of the Fall of Tsarism and the establishment of Communism in Russia (1881-1921)
3. Historical Special Topic (H)
Scotland and the Impact of the Great War (1914-1928).
External assessment of the Higher course is through an examination and an Extended Essay.
From the achievement of a Higher unit or course students may be able to progress to units or the course at Advanced Higher in History, Higher History will contribute to Scottish Group Awards.
Students may also progress to:
- Higher education courses in History, humanities and social sciences, law and business administration or other related areas.
- Further education courses including HNC/D courses in arts and social sciences or other areas.
- Students may also progress to employment or vocational training in a variety of different areas.