Roman Road dig at back of school in 2013.
Roman Road dig at back of school in 2013.

The History department consists of Mr Monaghan, Ms Notman, and Mrs Richardson, and we are based in Rooms 121 and 122 in the Citizenship corridor on the first floor of the school.

In S.1 and S.2 learners are taught History in a rota shared with Modern Studies and Geography. The S.1 History course focuses on Scottish history from earliest times and we take every opportunity to look at the fascinating history of our own local area, to the present day. The S.2 History course focuses on conflict and cooperation in Europe and the World in modern times. A study of the Great War, 1914-1918, is a major component of our S.2 course and this worklinks to our annual field trip to important World War One battlefields in Belgium and France.

In May 2014 nearly 70 S.2 learners will be based in Diksmuide, Belgium, during a four-day field trip to Ypres and the Somme. This session’s battlefields experience will be our thirteenth visit in as many years.

In S.3 learners study three units: Scottish, British, and European and World, as a key component of their Broad General Education.

In S.4, learners who opt for History as a subject choice can work towards completing SQA Courses at National 3, National 4, or National 5 level.

In S.5 and S.6 learners can study for awards at Higher and Advanced Higher Grade. Our Higher candidates study Scottish, British, and European and World Units. Our Scottish Unit is Scotland and the Reformation, to 1603. Our British Unit looks at the development of democracy and social welfare in the U.K. since the 19th century. Our European and World Unit is a study of the growth of German nationalism, 1815-1939.

In February 2014 a group of staff and S.5/S.6 students will fly to Berlin in order to visit key sites related to the political history of Germany since 1871.