Geography in S2 (1 period per week)
S2 pupils embark on an exciting trip around the world, learning about the similarities and differences between countries across all of the continents. Pupils will take a tour of the 'Rich and the Poor World' to discover the causes of poverty and the indicators of wealth. How does population change in these countries? Pupils will also investigate whether short or long term aid is better, and if it works at all.
The largest topic that is studied in S2 is "Our Changing Earth" which focuses on Geology, Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Disasters. This is where pupils will learn about Aberdeen's secret volcanic past, the study of plate tectonics, the causes of earthquakes and volcanoes. Pupils will also discover the impacts of these natural disasters on people and the landscape through a variety of case studies.
Building on the S1 mapping project, pupils in S2 will take a detailed look at mapping techniques and OS map work which is fundamental to understanding the geographical world, especially in the upper school.
How Will Pupils Be Learning?
Pupils will learn in a variety of ways, including fieldtrips which allow them to see topics studied in real life contexts. Pupils will be encouraged to give detailed answers, to be creative, to feel challenged and to have fun. There is a mixture of independent study, group tasks and presentations which will help pupils develop a number of important skills for learning, life and work, such as communication and teamworking.
How Will Pupils Be Assessed?
Progress will be monitored throughout and will take the form of formal written assessments, peer and self-assessments, presentations and creative writing tasks. Homework will be issued on a regular basis to extend learning beyond the classroom and enhance the activities that are completed in school.
What is Expected of Pupils?
Pupils are expected to complete regular homework tasks, contribute to the positive environment in class, be inquisitive and willing to learn.