Social Subjects & RE

Department Aims

The Social Subjects department strives to make learning challenging and enjoyable to pupils. Pupils should be challenged to do their best and become engendered with a genuine enthusiasm for and enjoyment of the study of Geography, History, Modern Studies and World Religion and Values and Attitudes. Pupils will develop their knowledge, source handling and their research and presentation skills.

The goals of the department are that pupils will:

  • Through the Curriculum for Excellence, become: Successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.
  •  Make successful transitions from primary schools through to appropriate levels of National Certification in the senior phase.
  • Through their Broad General Education in S1-3, continue to progress in Literacy and Health and Wellbeing and Skills for Life in Social Subjects/RE.
  • Develop an increasing in-depth knowledge of Social Subjects/RE as they progress and follow their own particular chosen study/career pathway.

The goals of the department are that staff will:

  • Teach classes and develop the curriculum to the best of their abilities.
  • Accurately assess the progress of pupils.
  • Accurately report on the ability and progress of pupils.
  • Implement the policies and priorities of both James Hamilton Academy and East-Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Government.

 

Social Subjects Department Staff

Mr O'Rourke (Principal Teacher)

Miss Milne

Mrs Kelly

Mr Taylor

 

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Social Subjects Courses

S1 pupils study 6 BGE units of work in Social Subjects/RE

Geography:   Extreme Weather / Earth Forces
History:   Wars Of Independence / Witchcraft
Modern Studies:   Scotland Today / Malawi

RE experiences and outcomes are integrated into Social Subjects.

 

During the S1 Induction days, P7 pupils learned about KIVA in Social Subjects and RE. The pupils explored the ways in which the international organisation helps people around the world by encouraging others to loan them money.

Each Social Subjects class chose someone that James Hamilton Academy could support through KIVA.

Mr Broderick's class (1W) gave money to Patrick from Kenya to buy materials to support his business.

Miss Milne's class (1DA) gave money to Daniel from Mozambique to buy materials to build a house for his family.

Mr O'Rourke's class (1B)gave money to the Kyenjojo Integrated School from Uganda to build a water filtration system to provide clean drinking water for students and teachers.

Mr Taylor's class (1M) gave money to Suzie from Lebanon to support her children's education.

S2 pupils will study an Integrated BGE unit 1 period per week

Brazil Pakistan and Scotland Unit, covers aspects of Social Subjects/RE to ensure coverage of Experiences and Outcomes while allowing pupils to follow options at the end of S1.

S2 pupils will study 1/2 discrete subject choices following S1 options

Geography:   Scotland / Football and Fashion / Amazon
History:   Gunpowder and Treason / Slavery / Holocaust
Modern Studies:   USA / Terrorism / Pressure Groups

RE experiences and outcomes are integrated into Social Subjects.

 

S3 pupils will study 1/2 discrete subject choices following S1 options

Geography:   Population / Glasgow Mumbai / Climate Change
History:   Black Death / USA and UK in the 1960s
Modern Studies:   China / European Union and the U.N.

RE experiences and outcomes are integrated into Social Subjects.

 S3 pupils visited Stirling Castle on Thursday 14th of September 2017. The group enjoyed a tour of the Castle grounds, where they explored the palace of the Stuart Monarchs and learned about life in the Castle walls. The group were commended by staff at Stirling Castle for their good behaviour and interesting questions!

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S3 pupils took part in the Social Subjects and R.E Theme Day entitled "Sustainable Me" on Monday 9th of May. Social Subjects staff ran 5 workshops in the morning and pupils met in the assembly hall in the afternoon to construct their own sustainable person. An enjoyable day was had by all.

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Congratulations to the winners of our S3 Theme Day Challenge "Sustainable Me". Pupils were instructed to design the perfect survivor for today's world after completing various workshops ran by the department. Well done to the winning team from Bruce House; Meghan Hall, Rebecca McColm, Amy McLeod, Hannah Ross and Brooke Tennant.

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Subjects

Geography 

History 

Modern Studies

RE

 

Geography

Higher Course Summary

Pupils in S5/6 Geography will explore the following units:

  1. Physical Environments
  • Atmosphere
  • Hydrosphere
  • Lithosphere
  • Biosphere
  1. Human Environments
  • Population
  • Rural
  • Urban
  1. Global Issues:
  • Development and health
  • Global climate change.

A unit assessment must be completed and passed for each unit.

In addition to this, pupils must complete an assignment on an issue of their choice. This is sent to SQA for marking and contributes 33% to their overall result.

The exam is 2 hours and 15 minutes and pupils will answer questions relating to each of the units they have studied. Pupils will develop mapping skills, numerical skills and research skills throughout the course.

National 5 Course Summary

Pupils in S4 Geography will explore the following units:

  1. Physical Environments
  • Coastal Landscapes
  • Glaciated Landscapes
  • Weather
  1. Human Environments
  2. Global Issues
  • Climate Change
  • Health

A unit assessment must be completed and passed for each unit.

In addition to this, pupils must complete an assignment on an issue of their choice. This is sent to SQA for marking and contributes 25% to their overall result.

The exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes and pupils will answer questions relating to each of the units they have studied. Students will gain many skills including mapping, critical thinking, ICT, research and graphical.

BBC Bitesize

Geography National 4

Geography National 5

Geography Higher

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/znbw2hv

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45627.html

 

History

 Higher Course Summary

 Pupils in S5/6 History will explore the following units:

1.            Britain 1850-1979

2.            German Nationalism

3.            The Wars of Independence

A unit assessment must be completed and passed for each unit.

In addition to this, pupils must complete an assignment on an issue of their choice. This is sent to SQA for marking and contributes 30% to their overall result. 

The exam is 2 hours and 20 minutes and pupils will answer questions relating to each of the units they have studied. These will be in the form of two 20 mark essay questions for units 1 and 2 and three source handling questions with a combined total of 20 marks in Unit 3.

National 5 Course Summary

Pupils in S4 Modern Studies will explore the following units:

1.            Changing Britain 1760-1900

2.            World War One

3.            Nazi Germany

A unit assessment must be completed and passed for each unit.

In addition to this, pupils must complete an assignment on an issue of their choice. This is sent to SQA for marking and contributes 25% to their overall result.

The exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes and pupils will answer questions relating to each of the units they have studied. These will be a combination of Knowledge and Understanding questions and Source Handling questions.

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S4 History pupils visited the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood on February 22nd, 2016. The group took part in History Workshops based on the life of Elsie Inglis and the work done by the Scottish Women's Hospitals in France and Serbia during World War One. The group also enjoyed a short tour of the parliament and had photographs taken in the main debating chamber. The group were commended by parliament staff for their excellent behaviour throughout.

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Spartacus

http://spartacus-educational.com/

Education Scotland – Scottish History notes

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/scotlandshistory/

SQA Home Page

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/70972.html

BBC Bitesize

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

BBC History

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history?1

BBC Bitesize

History National 4

History National 5

History Higher

Modern Studies

Higher Course Summary

Pupils in S5/6 Modern Studies will explore the following units:

  1. Democracy in Scotland
  2. Social Issues in the UK
  3. Terrorism

A unit assessment must be completed and passed for each unit.

In addition to this, pupils must complete an assignment on an issue of their choice. This is sent to SQA for marking and contributes 30% to their overall result.

The exam is 2 hours and 15 minutes and pupils will answer questions relating to each of the units they have studied. These will be a combination of Knowledge and Understanding questions and Source Handling questions.

National 5 Course Summary

Pupils in S4 Modern Studies will explore the following units:

  1. Democracy in Scotland
  2. Crime and the Law
  3. The United States of America

A unit assessment must be completed and passed for each unit.

In addition to this, pupils must complete an assignment on an issue of their choice. This is sent to SQA for marking and contributes 25% to their overall result.

The exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes and pupils will answer questions relating to each of the units they have studied. These will be a combination of Knowledge and Understanding questions and Source Handling questions.

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On Tuesday 20th of September 2016, Brian Whittle MSP visited JHA and answered questions from National 5 and Higher Modern Studies pupils.

He tweeted: Getting grilled by 2 Modern Studies classes at James Hamilton Academy today! Brilliant questions and great chat. @ScotTories @ScotParl

Pupils from the S4 Modern Studies classes visited the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to attend First Minister's Questions on Thursday 5th of October 2017. Pupils were also lucky enough to meet three of their MSPs, Willie Coffey, Colin Smyth and Brian Whittle.

 

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On Thursday 8th of October thirty S3 pupils travelled to Edinburgh with Miss Milne, Mr O’Rourke and Mrs Dick. The group visited the National Museum of Scotland in the morning where they viewed exhibits such as World Cultures, Natural Science and Scottish History and Archaeology. There was also an opportunity to explore the roof top terrace before lunch in the museum.

The group then made their way along the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament building. Pupils spent the afternoon speaking with members of the Parliament’s education team and their MSP, Willie Coffey who was very impressed by their questions.

Overall, it was a terrific day and all pupils were a credit to the school and their families – well done!  

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@ScotParlEducation tweeted: Excellent questions from James Hamilton Acad S3 pupils, Willie Coffey MSP had to work hard to answer them!

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45629.html

http://www.strath.ac.uk/404/index.html

BBC Bitesize

Modern Studies National 4

Modern Studies National 5

Modern Studies Higher 

 

Religious and Moral Education

Religious and Moral Education is taught in S1-S3 as part of the wider Social Subjects curriculum. Pupils study aspects of RME as they progress through the S1-S3 curriculum in Geography, History and Modern Studies. This approach is designed to relate and reinforce the place of Beliefs and Values in modern society.

RME is not offered as a certificate course at the senior level. Pupils in S4 continue to study Values as part of their PSE course.