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Lochgelly High School Social Subjects Faculty aims to provide stimulating and relevant learning experiences for young people by developing a sense of identity within the world both past and present. We look at every aspect of our society and inspire young people to become confident individuals, successful learners, responsible citizens and effective contributors. Social subjects reinforce excellent literacy and numeracy skills within the framework of an exciting and accessible curriculum. We support and challenge the young people in our faculty and have high expectations for them.

Teaching staff employ a variety of teaching methodologies and activities such as debate and discussion, thinking skills, paired work and co-operative learning. We try to offer activities both within and outside of the classroom.  In addition to this we are always keen to invite the local community into the department to enhance learning and teaching for example we have had visits from our MP, MSPs, and the GEO Bus.

Our pupils have the opportunity to progress in History, Geography, Modern Studies and RMPS from their CfE level in S1 through to Advanced Higher. Our curriculum structure involves a Broad General Education phase from S1 to S3 followed by discrete 1 year SQA courses from S4 to S6 in our Senior Phase. The department offers a variety of courses, both academic and vocational, catering for pupils of all abilities and interests, for example we recently introduced aspects of Environmental Science, Classical Studies and Politics.

Our faculty consists of a team (Meet the Team) with a wide variety of interests and experiences in learning and delivering Social Subjects. We work very closely to develop plans for integrated learning within a positive environment. Staff take a proactive approach in relation to new curriculum developments and openly share experiences from their practice. There is a strong commitment to improve the provision for young people in our area and to promote achievement through learning within and out with the classroom in Social Subjects.

       Geography

Our world is constantly changing in both a physical and human sense.  Geography looks at the agents that shape the landscape we live in and how humans have become an integral part of this fascinating place.  It is vital that as humans we understand how fragile the Earth can become and look at ways of protecting it in the future. 

The Geography department aims to increase your knowledge and understanding about the physical and human environment around you. You will also develop many useful skills such as mapping, gathering of data and presentation techniques. Fieldwork trips are an essential part of our courses and give you a chance to get out into the real world and see the Geography around you for yourself!

Geographical careers 

Studying Geography has a direct relevance to careers such as cartography, landscape management, emergency management, environmental consultancy and the leisure and tourism industries. However, Geography also provides you with many basic skills that are useful in a huge range of careers. More and more Geography graduates are now finding themselves in jobs that include banking, advertising, the media, business management and the armed forces. These careers require a whole range of general skills that Geography helps you develop such as the collection and analysis of data, problem solving skills and some general knowledge of the world. 

 

Interested in a career in involving geography?: 

Royal Geographical Society – www.rgs.org

Environmental Jobs – www.environmentjob.co.uk

University – UCAS – www.ucas.ac.uk

Royal Meteorological Society – www.metlink.org

Lantra – Environmental and Land based careers – www.lantra.co.uk/careers

Geological Society – www.geolsoc.org.uk

 

 

 History

Studying History helps you develop the skills to question not only the events around you but also what you see and read in newspapers, the internet and in the movies.

The skills you develop will help you to express your opinion in such a way that no one will be able to disagree with you.

 

Careers in History

History training teacher you skills which are transferable to different employment areas; Having a History degree opens many doors, the research skills  History graduates develop at university are highly sought after.

Employment Opportunities

 History teacher

Museum Curator

Journalist

Television Presenter

Media Researcher

Law Researcher

Lawyer

Holocaust Educator

Tour Guide

 

 

Modern Studies

Modern Studies is an exciting, relevant and constantly evolving subject. It is the social, political and economic study of local, national and international issues.

 Modern Studies is all about asking and answering 3 big questions:

 

What is going on in the world?

Why is it happening?

What can we do about it?

To do this, we need to develop the skills to find evidence and analyse it.

We need to be able to spot the difference between fact and opinion.

This means trying not only to make sense of the world around us, but also discover how we can change it.

The key aim of Modern Studies is to give learners an:

 Understanding of the democratic political process

Understanding of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups in a democratic society

Understanding of the challenges facing contemporary society and the ways in which these challenges may be addressed

Understanding of the reasons for conflict and the ways conflict can be resolved 

Awareness of the interdependency of the modern world 

Modern Studies prepares learners to play an active role in their community, to take control of their own lives and make a difference for others.

Careers

Modern Studies helps learners in aiming for careers as widespread as the police, social work, community education, the media, working with or for the council or the Health Service. It is also useful when considering careers in law or in care.

 

 

RMPS

 

Dare you think? This has been one of great calls to intellectual arms across the centuries.Darwin promoted ideas of natural selection and Einstein shook our common sense with Relativity. Religious systems of thought too adapted and changed with passing time and the ancient religions such as Hinduism and Judaism brought forth Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism.

Religion has always had a part to play in the history of any culture, includingScotland, and studying RME is a way of appreciating how people from lots of different backgrounds contribute to one community and considers the challenges posed by these beliefs and values.

And so to return to the original question, dare you think? Have you considered your philosophy? Can you support your views? Do you understand the philosophy of others? The skills acquired in RMPS are the ultimate transferable skills because there can be no area of life- individual, family or employment- that cannot be enhanced by knowledge of humanity’s most creative thoughts.

 

MEET THE TEAM 

Mr Macmillan (PT)

Modern Studies: I teach modern studies to help young people to have a better chance of making sense of the world, and a greater opportunity to therefore change it.

In Modern Studies we try to makes sense of the world around us even though it is very complex. I am fascinated by how society is run, how it changes over time and why it changes and want to help pupils develop that same fascination and enthusiasm.

 Modern Studies at its most simple is about asking and answering 3 questions:

 What is going on in the world?

 Why is it happening?

 What can we do about it?

 It is this last question that is at the heart of what we do. Encouraging people to take part even if it means no longer being silent and simply asking questions is crucial to any democracy.

 I was inspired to become a teacher by my own modern studies teachers and take a lot of pride in the fact that some of my former pupils are now modern studies teachers too!

 

Miss France

History: The story of Anne Frank was the first history story I was ever told, it was primary 3 and my teachers name was Ms Miller. She spoke of a young girl who hid in an attic with her family, I pictured her sitting on a chair that was balanced on the rafters. My dad soon filled in the blanks of the story and from that moment I was hooked with History. My love for the subject continued to grow under the influence of my high school history teacher, Mrs Russell and it was the influence of both her and my dad that encouraged me to study history and become a history teacher.

  

Miss L.Ross

Geography: I have always been fascinated by the interaction of humans and the landscape around them.  This led me on the path of following my interest in Archeaology and looking at the way humans adapted and used their environment for their development.

 Through my experience and influences from my own Geography teachers at school, it was an easy decision to become a teacher and pass on my own enthusiasm and passion for the way the world works.  Geography is weaved into our everyday life and it is a genuine pleasure to share these with all who I meet.

 

Miss E. Chalmers- Modern Studies

Miss Taylor- Religious And Moral Education

Miss Woodhouse- Religious And Moral Education