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S1 Geography

In Dunfermline High School our pupils engage in an exciting course full of varied learning experiences and outcomes.

In Unit 1 we start with 'Exploring Your World' which revises and embeds core knowledge of the major physical features and human geography of the British Isles and also explores the globe; encouraging an investigative approach to finding out about other countries, their landscapes and cultures. By the end of this unit your child should be able to name and locate most of Britain's major rivers, mountains, cities and borders. We also place emphasis on National Parks, the importance of sustainable management of the countryside and on basic map skills including global atlas work.

In Unit 2 of the course entitled 'Comparing Climates' the British climate and weather systems are introduced as an excellent introduction to the scientific side of the subject. Your child will then conduct an investigation into another climate zone of their choice - rainforests, hot deserts or tundra deserts and will produce a detailed piece of personal research into the differences between Britain and other places and also the evolutionary adaptations made by animals and plants in these areas.

Should you like to preview the workbook your child will use, or access them in the event of them becoming lost or damaged then they are free to down load here:

Unit1: Exploring Your World

Unit 2: Comparing Climates

Your Child should also receive the opportunity to get involved in the John Muir Award program. This exciting opportunity will take our S1 pupils outside for their introduction to fieldwork, habitat studies, species identification, mapreading skills and river analysis.

We encourage all pupils to download our Homework App available free here: or to make use of online homework instructions accessible on the S1 page. In this way we can help the school to keep our 'Eco School's Green Flag' by reducing unnecessary paper usage and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own organization, planning and home study.

Aimed at junior pupils, Geography Club runs on a Wednesday lunch time and has always been a well attended activity group where pupils of all ages are introduced to practical model making tasks, scientific experiments, practical craft activities and fun games. Returning senior pupils now act as mentors to the junior pupils by leading group activities in the club.

S2 Geography

In S2 Geography our pupils will continue to further their skills and broaden their interest areas. We study three units:

Unit 1 is our 'Earthforces Unit'. In this topic we address theories of plate tectonics, earthforces and introduce Geology - a topic your child can return to in the senior phase should they choose to do so. As part of their studies your child will have the opportunity to attend a field trip to Our Dynamic Earth and take part in a special set of activities designed for our S2 course.

Unit 2 is called 'Rich World Poor World' and asks our pupils to research answers to important geopolitcal questions. We will develop an understanding of how economic and social indicators of development are distributed unevenly and why these lead to vast disparities in wealth and living standards across the world today.

Unit 3 is a vital skills unit to any young person as it deals exclusively with the map reading skills introduced in S1. We will use 3D mapping software, apply GIS and learn how to use real world surveying skills such as bearings, scale and direction finding. Your child should be confident in how to report their position on a map and in how to use basic map symbols and navigation techniques.

Should you like to preview the resources your child will use, or access them in the event of them becoming lost or damaged then they are free to down load here:

Unit 1: Earthforces

Unit 2: Rich World Poor World

Unit 3: Map Skills

We encourage all pupils to download our Homework App available free here: or to make use of online homework instructions on this site accessible on the S2 Homework Page. In this way we can help the school to keep our 'Eco School's Green Flag' by reducing unnecessary paper usage and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own organization, planning and home study.

National 4 and 5 Geography

This broad curriculum of Geography offers exciting opportunities for pupils interested in Geography, Geology, Ecology, land use management, surveying, climate change and natural hazards. Your child will also have the opportunity to work outside and to attend a field research trip in the local area as they construct their own scientific study into physical or human Geography. Building upon the foundations of studies in S2 your child will study the following units all of which are free to download in case you wish to preview them or in case they get lost:

Limestone Areas River Environments Weather Science
Rural Areas Urban Studies Population Studies
Climate Change Human Impacts upon the Environment

Homework is always available via the Department's Homework Blog where detailed instructions, supporting resources and links to video lessons within this website can be found. Your child will record their progress on a homework record grid (you can download one here and follow along with your own version if you like!). This grid will allow you to keep tabs on their progress in weekly or twice fortnightly assessments and see how they match up to the standard needed to score a C, B or A at National 5 level.

S5/6 Higher Geography

This course offers a deeper understanding to the broad themes and foundations laid down at N5 level. Skills in fieldwork will be developed further to include a scientific research trip to a Beach Ecosytem (Psammosere) to investigate the biotic and abiotic factors that influence the formation and evolution of this environment. The units studied, and that I've made thus far, are as follows:

Hydrospheric Studies

Glaciated Landscapes

Coastal Areas
Demographic Studies Atmospheric Studies Rural Areas
Urban Areas Biosphere and Soil Formation River Basin Management
Development and Health Geographical Assignment/fieldwork Study

Homework is always available via the Department's Homework Blog where detailed instructions, supporting resources and links to video lessons within this website can be found. Your child will record their progress on a homework record grid (you can download one here and follow along with your own version if you like!). This grid will allow you to keep tabs on their progress in weekly or twice fortnightly assessments and see how they match up to the standard needed to score a C, B or A pass at Higher level.

S5/6 Higher Environmental Science

This course will run as of June 2016 and will allow students to address issues such as biodiversity, the living environment, adaptation in animal and plant communities, geology, mineral resource distribution and sustainability. There will be a focus on fieldwork and pupils are likely to visit both a terrestrial and aquatic environment. For pupils who have enjoyed Higher Geography yet don't feel Advanced Higher is the best route for them this is an ideal choice. Resources are under construction for the following units:

Investigating Ecosystems and Biodiversity Interdependence Human Influences on Biodiversity
Geosphere Atmosphere Hydrosphere
Biosphere Food Water
Energy Waste Management The Assignment/Fieldwork Study

 

S6 Advanced Higher Geography

This course is the perfect introduction to University level studies in Geography, Geology and Earh Science. Click here to access our careers page where you can find out loads more about possible jobs and future possibilities for your child and their career. The Advanced Higher course gives a thorough training in surveying and cartographic techniques. Fieldwork gathering techniques are addressed in depth and methodologies for analysing a wide variety of systems and environments are studied. Statistical techniques necessary for analysing graphic data are taught and used in their proper real world context by our AH pupils. This course is one which is designed with a tutor/student rather than teacher/pupil philosophy and therefore traditional 'workbooks' do not exist. Students will design and research a literature review (a dissertation) on a cotraversial topic within Geography that interests them and also design, carry out and analyse a Geographical Study topic of a more scientific nature independently. This course will involve a 3 day optional redsidential fieldtrip to Kindrogan Field work centre which offers cutting edge training in the necessary skills of modern out door fieldwork and data collection. Visit the Advanced Higher page for a look at supporting resources and useful documents used by our pupils.