The social studies experiences and outcomes have been structured under the three main organisers:

  • people, past events and societies
  • people, place and the environment
  • people in society, economy and business.

Learning in the social studies will enable children to:

  • develop an understanding of the history, heritage and culture of Scotland, and an appreciation of their local and national heritage within the world
  • broaden their understanding of the world by learning about human activities and achievements in the past and present
  • develop their understanding of their own values, beliefs and cultures and those of others
  • develop their understanding of the principles of democracy and citizenship through experience of critical and independent thinking
  • explore and evaluate different types of sources and evidence
  • learn how to locate, explore and link periods, people and events in time and place
  • learn how to locate, explore and link features and places locally and further afield
  • engage in activities which encourage enterprising attitudes
  • develop an understanding of concepts that stimulate enterprise and influence business
  • establish firm foundations for lifelong learning and for further specialised study and careers