Social Studies

What will learning in social studies enable children and young people to do?

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; they also develop their understanding of their environment and of how it has been shaped.


As they mature, children and young people’s experiences will be broadened using Scottish, British, European and wider contexts for learning, while maintaining a focus on the historical, social, geographic, economic and political changes that have shaped Scotland. Children and young people learn about human achievements and about how to make sense of changes in society, of conflicts and of environmental issues. With greater understanding comes the opportunity and ability to influence events by exercising informed and responsible citizenship.

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

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


(Curriculum for Excellence: Social Studies Principles and Practice)

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