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Geography Curriculum

S1/S2 Social Studies Curriculum
In S1 pupils complete 4 periods of Social Subjects, one of which is an RE period. There is a loosely integrated course which is composed of blocks of Geography, History and Modern Studies. In S2 pupils receive 4 periods of Social Subjects of which 1 period is allocated to RE. In S3 students make choices but in line with the principles of Broad General Education they need to complete at least one Social Subject.

S1 Course
• Map Skills
• Landscapes

S2 Course
• Earth Forces (volcanoes and earthquakes)
• Weather

S3 Course
Our S3 courses have been developed in line with delivering a Broad General Education. However, our courses are also designed to reflect some of the key skills that students will require to be successful in National courses.

• Study of Dumfries
• Developing World Cities
• Climate Change
• Environmental Hazards
• Population and Migration
• Recycling Project

S4 – S6 Courses - National 4/National 5
Why Study National 4 and 5 Geography?
We all need to know about the world we live in and how people make use of the environment and the difficulties it can give us. We also need to learn about the way the world is changing, and what people can do to look after the environment. Geography is a useful subject for many careers and is valuable in everyday life. You will develop a wide range of skills such as describing, explaining, problem solving and investigating.

Entry to the Subject – Applies to S5 and S6
All candidates with a UPS of less than 30 will complete National 5 Geography. Those pupils with a UPS of less than 22 will complete National 4 Geography. UPS scores are based on your S4 grades. All option forms will be signed by the Principal Teacher Faculty.

Entry to the Subject for S4
Candidates will be expected to have achieved a strong result in their S3 Social Studies Course or equivalent. All option forms will be signed by the Principal Teacher Faculty.

Subject Outline
There are three units of 40 hours each

Physical Environments – In this unit you will study glaciated uplands, upland limestone, coasts and rivers. You will also learn about the conflicts and management issues associated with these landscapes.

Human Environments – In this unit you will study global population issues, towns and rural areas from both the developed and less developed countries.

Global Issues – Climate change, tourism, health, development, environmental hazards such as volcanoes, hurricanes and earthquakes.

Assessment
The three units are assessed by end of Unit assessments out of 20 marks each. The third Unit is assessed by a 25 mark question on one of the Environmental Interactions studied. In the external exam you will have a paper in two sections

• Section A has two compulsory questions, one each on the first two Units
• Section B has six questions, but you choose the two topics you studied in the Environmental Interactions section

Homework
You are expected to look over your work, finish off class work and practice past questions. Normally you will have one piece of set homework a week.

Core Skills
The Core Skills of Problem Solving and Numeracy are covered at National 4 and 5 Levels.

Progression
You may want to go on to Higher in Geography, or another Social Subject. Other related subjects you might consider are Animals, Land and Environment, Managing Environmental Resources, Construction or Hospitality and Tourism.


Higher
Why Study Higher Geography?
Geography opens up for learners the physical and human environment around us and the ways in which people interact with the environment. The purpose of this Course is to develop the learner’s understanding of our changing world and its human and physical processes.

In the 21st century, with growing awareness of the impact of human activity upon the environment and scarce resources, the study of Geography fosters positive life-long attitudes of environmental stewardship, sustainability and global citizenship. This qualification will give learners the skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to contribute effectively to their local communities and wider society.

Entry to the Subject – Applies to S5 and S6
To be accepted into Higher Geography you need to have:
• A Higher pass in another Social Subject (History, Sociology or Modern Studies)
• A National 5 (Grade A-C) in Geography

Subject Outline and Assessment
There are three units in Higher Geography. Pupils need to complete unit assessments in the three areas outlined below. In addition, an ‘Added Value’ Investigation, externally assessed by the SQA will be undertaken after Christmas.

Physical Environments
In this unit, learners will develop and apply geographical skills in the physical environments. Learners will develop mapping skills in geographical contexts. Learners will develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions at work within physical environments on a local, regional and global scale. Topics studied include atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere.

Human Environments
In this unit, learners will develop and apply geographical skills and techniques in the context of human environments. Learners will study reasons why the world population has been rising and they will apply knowledge and understanding of changes within urban and rural environments in developed and developing countries
Global Issues

In this Unit, learners will develop and apply geographical skills and techniques in the context of global issues. Learners will develop and apply knowledge and understanding of global geographical issues which show the interaction of physical and human factors and the strategies adopted in the management of these issues. Topics studied include development and health, global climate change, geopolitics and global energy

Homework
You are expected to look over your work, finish off class work and practice past questions. Normally you will have one piece of set homework a week.

Progression
You may want to go on to Higher in Geography, or another Social Subject. Other related subjects you might consider are Animals, Land and Environment, Managing Environmental Resources, Construction or Hospitality and Tourism.

Extra Curricular Activities
Within the Social Subjects Faculty there are a wide range of trips and extra-curricular activities offered.

Trips
Many years ago there was an army recruiting poster that said “Join the Army and see the World”. In many ways as a school we could re write this and say “Join Dumfries Academy and see the World”. For many years now, the Faculty of Social Subjects has offered pupils a wide range of trips and outdoor experiences.

These include day trips, weekend trips and longer foreign excursions. Included in the school programme are:
S1 the Social Subjects day trip to the Lake District
S1 the History weekend trip to St Andrews – 3 days in January
S2 the Social Subjects day trip to Edinburgh
S2 History weekend to the Battlefields of the First World War in Belgium and France (which will be linked into the coming commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the war)

Of course many of these S1 and S2 trips are linked into the curriculum studied, but of course also help cover the Health and Well Being agenda as part of the Curriculum for Excellence.

As they get older pupils get the opportunity to travel further afield.
The History Foreign trip began back in 1986 and has been running ever since. It has allowed pupils to travel all over the world. Pupils have visited: Paris, Berlin, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Moscow, St Petersburg, Greece, Spain, Italy, Prague, Poland, Barcelona, Rome, Krakow, Majorca and many other destinations. In 2017 we are going to Barcelona for our biennial summer trip.



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