A social studies education inspires students to develop curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Students expand their knowledge about places, people, resources and natural and human environments. Through their learned geographical knowledge, students grow their understanding and skills which support their understanding of how the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time while their historical knowledge leads to an understanding of humanity and how the world has evolved.
The curriculum for social studies at Middleton International Schools, based on the UK National Curriculum for History and Geography, is very inclusive and aims to extend student’s knowledge and understanding beyond their local surrounds to include the continents of the World. The curriculum includes:
- The position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Hemispheres, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, and time zones (including day and night)
- An understand of geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography
- Physical geography, including climate zones, biological communities (Biomes) and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle
- human geography,
- The use of maps, atlases, globes and a compass,
- Fieldwork observations, measurement, recording and presenting the human and physical features in the local area
- Knowing the achievements of the earliest civilizations
- Students communicating information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and the written word.