Humanities encompasses aspects of Social Studies and Religious and Moral Education.  Within Social Studies it allows students to develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people and their values, in different places, times and circumstances. Students also develop their understanding of the environment and of how it has been shaped. Learning in this curricular area maintains a focus on the historical, social, geographic, economic and political within a local national and international context.

Students learn about human achievement and about how to make sense of changes in society, of conflicts and of environmental issues. It allows students to make exercise informed and responsible citizenship.

Within Religious and Moral Education it enables students to explore the world’s major religions and views which are independent of religious beliefs.  It allows consideration of the challenges posed by these beliefs and values.

Learning in this curricular area allows students to develop and reflect upon their own values and their capacity for moral judgement.  It allows an awareness and appreciation of the value of each individual in a diverse society and engenders responsible attitudes towards others.  This awareness and appreciation allows us to challenge prejudice and intolerance.

This team works closely with our ‘Citizenship & Society’ team.  Both teams share staff and have collaborative leadership models.

The aim is to provide a classroom climate of creativity and innovation that will:

  • Develop in students an understanding of the history, heritage and culture of Scotland
  • Broaden understanding of human achievements and activities, in the past and present, across the world
  • Develop, through knowledge and understanding, discussion and debate, an ability to understand students’ own and other people’s beliefs and values
  • Develop and understanding of democracy and citizenship
  • Develop skills of enquiry, critical thinking and investigation using different sources and evidence
  • Develop an understanding of concepts that encourage enterprise and influence business
  • Allow students to link people and events across time and place
  • Allow students to link people, events, features and places locally and further afield
  • Allow appropriate use of technology
  • Provide opportunities for collaborative and individual learning
  • Provide opportunities to analyse, explore and reflect
  • Recognise and build on connections with other curricular areas
  • Take account of and value religious and cultural diversity within our community

Principal Teacher Curriculum Humanities: Miss Emma Whittingham

Main Subjects in Broad General Education:  Geography, History, and Religious and Moral Education

Main Subjects in Senior Phase:  Geography, History Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies, and Travel & Tourism