The Geography Department aims to provide an open and friendly atmosphere with a well-resourced teaching environment where course content is relevant, up-to-date and stimulating. We strive to offer variety in our teaching including ample opportunity for fieldwork and use of ICT.
At all ages, the department aims to develop pupils’ understanding and appreciation of environmental systems and their interactions, as well as the ever-changing society in which we live. We hope to inspire a sense of world citizenship and interdependence as well as lifelong interest in, and concern for the environment.
Geography tackles questions such as:
• Why does our weather change so frequently?
• Where would you build a retail park?
• Why are the deserts spreading? Is it just due to global warming?
• Why is the population of Scotland falling? Should we be concerned?
• Why are the farms of the American mid-west blowing away in the wind?
• Why are there vast gulfs between rich and poor countries?
• Is tourism in the Mediterranean a blessing or a curse?At all times, the department aims to develop the full potential of each and every pupil, ultimately producing high quality performances in external examinations.
1. Where and what is Scotland? August to mid-September.
2. Mapskills. Mid-September to October.
3. Settlements. October and November.
4. OS mapwork. December.
5. The Scottish Landscape. First half of Spring Term.
6. Climate and Weather in Scotland. Second half of Spring Term.
8. Aberfoyle field trip - tourism. Remainder of the Summer Term.
9. Project work - optional topics. Dependent on time available.
General geographic website links
The Modern Studies Department aims to provide an open and friendly atmosphere, a well-resourced teaching environment, and up-to-date, stimulating courses.
The world in the 21st Century is a complex place. Modern Studies helps pupils to understand processes and institutions that play an important part in contemporary issues. For example:
• Who has power in Scotland - the Scottish Parliament or Westminster?
• What is the future for China?
• Where is the War on Terror going next?
• When will the demographic time bomb explode in the UK?
• Why is the ‘American Dream’ not always the reality?
• How is the UN trying to help developing countries?
Modern Studies examines a whole range of social, political and economic issues at local, national and international levels and it is available at every examination level.
All courses seek to encourage the formation of open, enquiring and tolerant attitudes. Students develop skills in critical-thinking, research, analysis and communication which allow them to participate in social and political issues as truly global citizens.
At all times, the department aims to develop the full potential of each and every pupil, ultimately producing high quality performances in external examinations.