Acting Head of Department: Mr R Jessiman (ryan.jessiman [at] kingussiehigh.org.uk)
Kingussie High School Social Subjects Department aims to provide stimulating and relevant learning experiences for young people by developing a sense of identity within the world both past and present.
Teaching staff employ a variety of teaching methodologies and activities such as debate and discussion, thinking skills, paired work and co-operative learning. We try to offer activities both within and outside of the classroom and we aim to have outdoor learning for every year group. In addition to this we are always keen to invite the local community into the department to enhance learning and teaching for example we have had visits from our MP, MSPs, Community Police Officer, the GEO Bus and the National Park Ranger.
Our pupils have the opportunity to progress in History, Geography and Modern Studies from their CfE level in S1 through to Advanced Higher. Our curriculum structure involves a Broad General Education phase from S1 to S3 followed by discrete 1 year SQA courses from S4 to S6. The department offers a variety of courses, both academic and vocational, catering for pupils of all abilities and interests, for example we recently introduced Rural Skills and Travel and Tourism.
Our department consists of a team with a wide variety of interests and experiences in learning and delivering Social Subjects. We work very closely to develop plans for integrated learning within a positive environment. Staff take a proactive approach in relation to new curriculum developments and openly share experiences from their practice. There is a strong commitment to improve the provision for young people in our area and to promote achievement through learning within and out with the classroom in Social Subjects.