Through social studies, children and young people develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people and their values, in different times, places and circumstances. Children also develop an understanding of their environment and of how it has been shaped.
Concepts within social studies are taught under three key areas
- People, Past Events and Societies
- People, Place and Environment
- People in Society, Economy and Business
Learning focuses always begin with the curriculum and the experiences and outcomes:
Some contexts for learning are very motivating and engaging for our children. So, for example, World War II as a context for learning is very popular in many Scottish schools in Primary 7. However, our children’s learning is not led by these contexts and this means that contexts for learning will change and develop from year to year; there should not be an expectation that these contexts for learning will always remain the same.