AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Statement of Values:
All members of the school community are important and each has a contribution to make. We value skills, achievement and the desire for knowledge along with application and effort. We are aware that the secondary sector is the final experience of school Social Subjects and at the end of S2 students have to make choices as to which social subject(s) they will continue to study.
The following aims and objectives relate directly to the aims of Ross High School and show our contribution towards their achievement.
- To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils to achieve their full potential and to experience success and enjoyment in their work
- To encourage students to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive Social Subjects in the context of a wider body of knowledge, vocabulary and skills and to provide a sound basis for life long study and the pursuit of personal interest
- To encourage all students in their work in the department by valuing excellence and celebrating success
- To develop in students a sense of self respect, respect for others and a respect for the environment
- To enable students to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence
- To encourage all members of the faculty to pursue personal professional development
- To maintain and stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Social Subjects and to acquire knowledge and understanding of the terminology, skills and techniques specific to the various Social Subjects.
- Acquire a framework of knowledge about locations and places that will help them to set local, national and international events within a geographical context and that will support their development of geographical understanding
- Understand some of the important characteristics of the Earth’s major physical systems – its landforms, weather and climate, hydrological and ecological systems – and the interaction among those systems
- Understand the significance of location and of distribution patterns in human activities and physical processes; how places are linked by movements of people, materials and information, and by physical, economic, social and political relationships; and the interdependence of people, places and environments throughout the world
- Understand some of the relationships between people and environments, including both: (i) the influence of environmental conditions on human activities; (ii) the varied ways in which societies with different technologies, economic systems and cultural values have perceived, used, altered and created particular environments
- Develop a sense of place, a feeling for the “personality” of a place and what it might be like to live there
- Acquire knowledge and understanding about the physical and human processes that bring about changes in place, space and environments and a critical appreciation of the consequences of changes
- Develop awareness and appreciation of the ethnic, cultural, economic and political diversity of human society and its geographical expression
- Acquire the knowledge and develop the skills and understanding necessary to identify and investigate important cultural, social and political issues relating to place, space and environment with sensitivity to the range of attitudes and values associated with such issues
- Acquire techniques and develop skills and competencies necessary for geographical enquiry and of value for other purposes, especially the making and interpretation of maps, the use of information technology and the conduct of fieldwork
- Develop intellectual and social skills, including the ability to observe, analyse and communicate