Pupils in Primary 5 and 6 come over to the science department to do practical science linked to the topics they are learning about. As part of the Titanic topic in P6, pupils learn about the principles of density, volume and buoyancy to help them understand why some objects float while others sink. For the Harry Potter topic, they have lessons with dragons and mandrakes; and put their magical prowess to the test with levitation, invisible ink and potions. In P5, pupils investigate the properties of different rocks, to decide which type would be best for building Roman roads; construct and modify bridges; and make wax and wooden Vindolanda tablets.
S1 & S2 Biology
In S1 we learn about cells, organs and systems such as the nervous, musculoskeletal and reproductive systems. The anatomy of a chicken’s wing is used to study muscles, tendons and bones. In S2 we learn about body systems and survival. Different types of behaviour are studied using woodlice, snails as well as humans!
The National 5 course comprises three units which are undertaken over two years. The SQA external examination accounts for 80% of the overall grade meanwhile the externally marked assessment for 20%.
The Higher course comprises three units taught over a single year. The SQA external examination accounts for 80% of the overall grade meanwhile the externally marked assessment for 20%.
The Advanced Higher course comprises three units taught over a single year. The SQA external examination accounts for 77% of the grade with an externally marked project accounting for 23%.