Science Department Staff


Mr S Stevens (Head of Science Faculty)
Mrs Fairlee
Dr Y Fleming


Mrs Cochrane
Mrs C Templeton


Mr S Stevens (Head of Science Faculty)
Mr S McAllister

S1/S2 Science

All pupils in S1 and S2 follow a combined Science course, which includes elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

In S1, pupils work on a short Introduction to Science unit, followed by six separate topics, taught on a rotation basis. In S2, pupils study a further six topics. There is an assessment at the end of each topic, incorporating Knowledge and Understanding and Problem Solving elements.

The six topics covered in S1 are:

Acids and Metals; Biodiversity ; Cells and Body systems ; Light and Beyond; Model of Matter;, Space and Gravity.

1.1Acids and Metals

1.2 Biodiversity

1.3 Cells and Bodysystems

1.4 Light and Beyond

1.5 Model of Matter

1.6 Space and Gravity

The five topics covered in S2 are:

Fertilisation & DNA; Powerful stuff; Microbes and you; Periodic Table and Chemical Reactions; Hot Stuff.

Occasionally pupils have the opportunity to research a TOPICAL ISSUE in science. In the past few years this has included topics such as Ebola, Tsunamis and the horse meat scandal.

2.1 Fertilisation and DNA

2.2 Powerful Stuff

2.3 Microbes and You

2.4 Energy and Heat

2.5 Periodic Table and Chemical Reactions



In S3 pupils are taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics by subject specialists. The pupils rotate between the science specialisms every 6 weeks. In S3, pupils are exposed to the Experiences & Outcomes of CfE level 4.

The topics covered are Atomic structure & Chemical analysis, Chemical reactions, Transport in living things, Enzymes, Forces and Energy.

As well as knowledge being extended the pupils investigative skills and research skills are developed.

Homework is issued regularly. The work covers literacy and numeracy as well as science.


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