- Margaret-Ann Docherty - Principal Teacher
- Mrs L Francis
Aims of the Department
- To encourage and foster positive learning which challenges all individuals, taking account of their personal needs and preferences.
- To promote appropriate courses which are stimulating, challenging and rewarding.
- To create an awareness and understanding of the world in which we exist, in both human and physical terms.
- To encourage and elicit an appreciation of other peoples and cultures.
- To prepare students for life outwith school and equip them with the skills they require.
- To encourage good citizenship and responsibility.
- To make students aware of their surroundings, and encourage rational thought and analytical skills.
What is Geography?
Geography is concerned with investigating the world, its physical systems and human activities within a spatial framework. Important areas of study include the distribution of people on the planet, the contrasts in human activity and quality of life between societies, the process and implications of change through time in response to many factors, the interplay among the various physical and human elements within the environment and the interdependence of people, countries and blocs.
Geography, along with other subjects, provides a context for the development of a wide range of learning and social skills. The interpretation and compilation of maps and diagrams and the use of statistical data are integral to the subject. Geography teachers have long recognised the stimulus to learning provided by practical activities, including fieldwork investigations and out-of-classroom activities. In addition, such activities provide opportunities for the fostering of social skills through working with others in less formal situations.
Why should I learn Geography?
The acquisition of a body of factual knowledge is an important part of learning. However, in geographical studies the emphasis is on the analysis of data derived from a wide range of sources relating to physical and human environments. In identifying patterns, detecting relationships, deriving generalisations and formulating informed opinions and communicating these in oral, written and graphic form, the knowledge gained in the process is put to effective use. The factual knowledge acquired will include appropriate terminology, about the local area, the British Isles and the rest of the world, about locations, and about demographic and environmental issues.
Furthermore, this knowledge and the stimulation of interest in the world, coupled with confidence in handling a wide range of resource materials, make a valuable contribution to the understanding of local, national and international affairs. Geography thus contributes to the general education of pupils by providing a basis for an understanding of the complex society in which we live. Geography also offers opportunities to foster attitudes of social and environmental concern.
First Year (Social Subjects)