Through social studies, children and young people develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people and their values, in different times, places and circumstances; they also develop their understanding of their environment and of how it has been shaped. As they mature, children and young people’s experiences will be broadened using Scottish, British, European and wider contexts for learning, while maintaining a focus on the historical, social, geographic, economic and political changes that have shaped Scotland. Children and young people learn about human achievements and about how to make sense of changes in society, of conflicts and of environmental issues. With greater understanding comes the opportunity and ability to influence events by exercising informed and responsible citizenship.
Curriculum for Excellence
Social Studies will be studied mainly through a themed approach and may link with other areas of the curriculum. The school has a 3-year rolling programme for each class which ensures that the children are able to experience progression and breadth in the curriculum within the area of Social Studies.
People in the Past
Through their time at Kilchuimen Primary, pupils will have the opportunity to study topics such as the Canal and Railways, looking at the life of Thomas Telford, The Titanic, World War 2, Castles, Robert the Bruce, Jacobites, Victorians and Transport.
People, Place and the Environment
Pupils will study topics such as Earth Science and Earth Materials, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Water, Properties of substance, Weather, Houses and Homes, Rainforest, Mapping, Crofting, Leisure and Tourism, Deserts – Egyptian study.
People Society, Economy and Business.
Each class will be expected, every second year, to participate in an Enterprise topic. Pupils will also learn about democracy and pupils’ rights through participating in the Pupil Council and Eco Committee. They will also learn about the Scottish Democratic system.
We are always keen to have parents to come in and help us with our topics. It is very useful to draw on their expert skills.