S1-2 Course description

All S1 pupils have a Development diary where they highlight their strengths and areas for development.  As they progress through the year they set themselves development targets based on the feedback they are given at the end of each unit.  As S1 progresses they highlight how and when they achieve those targets.


During S1 and S2 we study a variety of time periods as well as different themes in History.  These include:


The Creation of medieval Scotland

Pupils work in groups to research and present lessons to the whole class.  Each group investigates a different wave of immigrants into Medieval Scotland and have clear guidelines to what a successful presentation will look like.  The presentations are then teacher, peer and self assessment.


Wallace, Bruce and the Scottish Wars of Independence

Pupils study the major events and characters which helped create Scottish identity from 1286 till 1329.  William Wallace, Robert Bruce, Edward I, the Declaration of Arbroath are all covered however, it is not just a story.  Pupils are encouraged to be critical about the sources we have from this time and question many of the “facts” we have about these events.


From Independence to Union

Pupils learn about the events that led toScotlandandEnglanduniting in 1707 to create theUnited Kingdomand the consequences such as the Jacobite Rebellions.  This is done through debates, group work and individual activities.  Pupils further develop their critical skills and form their opinions based on Historical evidence.


The Industrial Revolution and 18th Century Factories

Pupils learn about the social, economic and political impact of the Industrial Revolution.  Working in groups, pupils investigate these issues and produce and infographic of their findings.  As always, they will have time to reflect on the feedback that is given to them and how to develop from that point.



A study of the arrival of European settlers and the impact they had on the Native American population.  We travel with the settlers from their arrival inNew YorktoIndependenceMissouriand finallyCalifornia.  Who will survive the wagon journey game?  How did the settlers change the lives and lifestyles of the Native Americans?  Pupils investigate their lifestyle before, during and after the arrival of the Europeans.


The Holocaust and genocide

A short but essential topic of work which all pupils need to know.


Scotland’s War.

Pupils investigate what impact the Second World War had on the lives of normal Scots who may have been away from the front line fighting but were certainly involved in this “Total War”.  This social history topic involves group work, interviewing family members and making the link between the War andInverness.

The 1960s

Flower Power all the way baby!  A look at music, culture and society in the swinging sixties.  The impact of the Cold War and the civil rights movement adds a more serious note to a very fun and exciting topic.


Final Investigation

This is a BIG challenge for pupils.  But like all big challenges, they bring the biggest rewards.

Pupils can work on their own, in pairs or in small groups (usually a maximum of 3).  We give them a choice of the History Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes and Experiences and ask pupils to choose one or two.  They must then pick a historical topic with which to explore these Outcomes and Experiences.  Pupils set Success Criteria which they share with their teacher and then produce a piece of work to match that criteria.  At then end they (and their teacher) will judge how successful they have been.  A very worthwhile piece of work.