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“History…….just one little thing after another!”

The History Department at St. Paul’s is a popular and busy one. Our main aim is to encourage an interest in the past in as an enjoyable, active manner as possible. We have 3 full-time members of staff and 2 fully-equipped classrooms, both of which have interactive whiteboards. The subject has proved to be a popular choice at S3 and beyond – we regularly have over 100 entries at S4, and approximately 60 at Higher level. Those pupils who chose to study History at S3 and beyond possess highly marketable skills. Historians are to be found not only in the more obvious fields such as archive and museum work and teaching, but also in banking, management, commerce, the media, politics, publishing and the law. Their understanding of “what makes people tick”, together with the ability to research, evaluate and organise information, to present a logical argument and write analytical and objective reports, make historians invaluable in many different fields of employment.

 

S1 and S2

Pupils study for 3 periods a week – on a rotational basis with the other Social Subjects. In S1 we study the Titanic Disaster – studying the available evidence, pupils consider where the blame for the disaster really lies and then consider the aftermath of the sinking and the consequences. Pupils also study 'Doin the toun', a local History unit, where pupils discover more about their home city. In S2 pupils study Nazi Germany, learning together how Hitler gained and retained power, as well as how this affected the German people. We then investigate the assassination of JFK, examining the events, investigating the conspiracies and presenting our findings to the class. .

Far from simply being crammed with historical facts, pupils are encourage to work through problems, think for themselves and communicate their ideas effectively and confidently. They study history as the interaction of people – all their emotions, faults and qualities. Through these courses our pupils will achieve the CfE level 3 outcomes and begin to learn the basic skills required for Historical study.

 

S3

Pupils study History for 2 periods per week. During this year we will study the Atlantic slave trade and WW1 . Lessons will be as active as possible, using IT appropriately. Many lessons will also involve the pupils working co-operatively which not only allows knowledge to be accumulated but also promotes a wide range of social skills. 

National 3/4/5

Pupils study three different topics from Scottish, British and European and World categories. They all complete an Added Value unit, which along with Unit Outcomes ensures the successful completion of National 4 level. To pass National 5, pupils must complete an Assignment under exam conditions, as well as a formal SQA exam. They are also required to pass a series of Unit Outcomes throughout the year.

 

Higher

Pupils study Higher for 5 periods per week. At Higher, three units are taught:

  1. Britain 1815-1850 – a study of…
  2. USA 1918-1968
  3. Migration and Empire

There are 2 elements of external assessment – an essay based paper focusing on Britain and World History, and a paper devoted entirely to Scottish History. In addition to this, pupils have the chance to show greater knowledge of an issue they choose themselves, in the Extended Essay.