Young SET Ambassadors
In 2012 we entered two teams of 6 S2 students into the Young SET competition. The project was identifying means of saving energy in the school (or home). One of our teams was second in the competition and we were awarded £50.
The 2013 project examined Wind Power Energy. The team comprised 6 S2 students and they had to identify means of saving energy in the school using wind power. The team came second in the competition and we were awarded £50.
Our S2 students were linked with British Distillers and their project was to look at ways of saving water. The team comprised 4 S2 students and their entry was highly commended.
We aim to provide a blend of excellent direct teaching and active learning. Science is an exciting subject and is all about exploring ideas and investigating how things work. We aim for every lesson to involve practical work so that students can find things out for themselves. We make use of formative assessment techniques and involve students in the assessment of their work and that of their peers. We also use ICT in every lesson in the form of specially written interactive SMART boards activities. We are currently developing our skills with iPads with a view to incorporating these exciting new devices into our lessons.
Many students choose to continue to study Science specialising in one or more of Biology, Chemistry and Physics higher up the school.
Practical work is the basis of scientific study and we have 8 modern and well equipped laboratories that students work in. All laboratories are equipped with interactive whiteboards and a computer. Experimental work is backed up by textbooks and other resources, many of which have been written by our own staff, to really focus on helping students progress in their learning.
Our school science technician is invaluable in providing support for all the practical work that is carried out.
S1, S2 and S3:
Our new Curriculum for Excellence courses is designed to deliver the Experiences and Outcomes within Science. Concepts are taught under topic headings like “Energy Flow and Living Things” and “Forces and Weight”. Students are actively involved in their learning and are expected to contribute to investigations, debates and carry out presentations to develop and demonstrate their understanding.
Assessments are carried out during or at the end of topics and students have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding by either “making, saying, writing or doing”. Practical skills are developed as the students move up the school. There are some summative “written tests” as well to help to prepare the students for the upper school.
In S3 students study a Fragile Earth topic that continues the broad general education before they specialise in at least one of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Extra Curricular Activities
Our Small Animal Care (learning to care for guinea pigs) and Degu Clubs are very popular on Wednesday lunchtimes.
The faculty gets involved in other activities as they arise
•S1/2 Science Master class at Heriot-Watt University
•S1-2 Sci Fun organised by the University of Edinburgh
•Young SET award in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh