Social Studies is designed to equip learners with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes which are required to prepare them for
a living in a physical, social, political, economic and religious environment as knowledgeable and participating citizens in society.
There is one theme, which runs through the entire learning experience of children and that is, “Living Together”. The idea is to promote unity among children and consequently among the people of Uganda. The main theme is further broken down into sub-themes according to specific class levels as indicated below:
- Primary Four – Living together in our District
- Primary Five – Living together in Uganda
- Primary Six – Living together in East Africa
- Primary Seven – Living together in the East African Community
The sub-themes guide the teacher on the scope of content. It gives the teachers parameters within which they are supposed to derive the content.
The syllabus is based on concepts of “The Spiral Curriculum”. It starts with the learners’ known or familiar environment, “The Home”, and broadens gradually to the neighbourhood, school, sub-county or municipality, district, country, region, continent and the world.
Objectives of Teaching Social Studies
Social Studies is taught in primary schools to:
- help pupils to understand forces that have shaped their society.
- enable learners understand the social and physical environment factors that shape the world in which they live.
- foster and cultivate an awareness of the cultural and physical rich heritage to their country and region.
- develop an appreciation for the relationships among institutions in their complex society.
- develop an understanding to the relationship among the people, natural resources and the quality of life people lead.
- develop an awareness of injustice and hypocrisies in society and the necessary safe guards to resist them.
- understand and appreciate the value of the rule of law on, textbooks, charts, maps, tables, and graphic materials.
- develop skills of forming generalisations and hypothesis from collected data.