History in S2 offers pupils the chance to study a range of European and World History topics in order to provide a well balanced understanding of the past. Having built on the solid foundations from S1, we encourage pupils to expand their historical horizons. Pupils will focus on skills development at every stage. This helps pupils to succeed in History and many subject areas beyond.
Pupils are engaged in a range of activities that support and challenge them at every turn. Frequent approaches to learning and teaching include; whole-class discussion, group work, individual written work, debates, research projects, presentations and many others.
In S2 pupils will have the opportunity to expand on the skills they developed in S1 by studying following topics:
- The Atlantic Slave Trade
- World War One
Some of the opportunities pupils will be offered by the department in S2 to expand their learning include:
- WW1 Presentation from the Black Watch Museum including handling weapons and artefacts
- Slave Trade talk as well as an opportunity to handle artefacts
- Involvement in Remembrance Day assemblies
Pupils will be assessed continually throughout S1-2. All pupils’ assessments will be recorded in their own ‘Pupil Folio’. This will be a record of evidence of their achievements throughout S1 and S2 and will be used to determine their level of attainment.
Each unit in S2 has 2 significant pieces of homework that are designed to help develop skills and understanding. Each unit also has a traditional end of unit assessment, and pupils are expected to prepare for this at home.
Recording and Reporting
Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their own strengths as well as to consider how they can continue to improve their skills. This is supported by detailed feedback from teachers, who mark work regularly and have frequent conversations with pupils about their progress.
Any causes for concern are discussed at Departmental Meetings and passed on to Support for Pupils if appropriate.