Krissie Davis (Curriculum Leader)
Chemistry is an important and relevant subject to everyday life and we aim to pass on our enthusiasm for this by delivering interesting and motivating learning experiences.
We aim to provide a blend of excellent direct teaching and active learning. 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 Chemistry in S3 and beyond to University level.
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 and be successful in their exams.
Supported study is available at lunchtime and after school for any student who requires it. Our school science technician is invaluable in providing support for all the practical work that is carried out.
S4-6: Students can study either National 4 or National 5 Chemistry. The topics include Chemical Changes, Chemistry in Society and Natures Chemistry.
S5-6: Students can study Higher Chemistry
S6: Students can study Advanced Higher Chemistry