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S2 to S3 Subject Information 2017-18
Administration and IT
What is the subject about?
Administration is a growing sector which cuts across the entire economy
and offers employment opportunities and skills. The Administration and
IT course has been designed to keep up with Information Technology (IT)
developments in this area and allows pupils to build on the Technologies experiences and outcomes covered
in S1 and S2.
This course aims to develop students’ skills in IT to a high level. These skills can be applied throughout work
and life. Students will become competent in the use of up-to-date business related technology:
Word Processing
Excel Spreadsheet
Access Database
E-mail
Internet
Electronic Diary
PowerPoint
Desktop Publisher
What does it involve?
Administration and IT is set in the context of the modern workplace. You will develop your Information
Technology skills by processing business information to solve problems and reach decisions. You will learn
how to carry out a range of tasks to support business and enterprise activities. In doing so, you will also
improve your skills in literacy and numeracy.
How is it assessed?
Your progress will be assessed on an on-going basis. You will get the chance to
demonstrate your skills in class as you work through the tasks.
At the end of S3 your knowledge and skills will be assessed by a short task which
will bring together all the technologies we have used in the course.
What is the value of the course?
The study of Administration and IT will allow you to develop skills that are very important in the world of
work and in life. For those who wish to further their skills the course is followed in S4 by National 4 or 5
Administration & IT.
No matter what career you choose you will find the need for Information
Technology skills Administration and IT will prepare you for this.
To find out more, speak to Mrs Rhynas (PT Business Studies, Room 24)
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Art and Design
S3 complete an Expressive, Still-life based unit and a Design, Environmental / Architecture unit with
related Critical studies, developing skills to meet the learning outcomes outlined below.
Expressive with Critical Activity
I have continued to experiment with a range of media and technologies, handling them with control
and assurance to create drawings, prints and paintings. I can apply my understanding of the
properties of media and of techniques to specific tasks.
I can use the visual elements and concepts with sensitivity to express qualities and relationships and
convey information, thoughts and feelings. I can use my skills and creativity to generate original
ideas in my expressive and design work.
Having chosen personal themes and developed my own ideas from a range of stimuli, I can express
and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through a folio of 2D work.
I can analyse art & design techniques, processes and concepts, make informed judgements and
express considered opinions on my own and others work.
I have organised and presented my work neatly.
Design with Critical Activity
I have continued to experiment with a range of media and technologies, handling them with control
and assurance to create design ideas and a suitable solution. I can apply my understanding of the
properties of media and of techniques to specific tasks.
I can use the visual elements and concepts with sensitivity to express qualities and relationships and
convey information, thoughts and feelings. I can use my skills and creativity to generate original
ideas in my design work.
Having chosen personal themes and developed my own ideas from a range of stimuli, I can express
and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through 2D and 3D work.
By working through a design process in response to a design brief, I can develop and communicate
imaginative and original design solutions.
I can analyse art & design techniques, processes and concepts, make informed judgements and
express considered opinions on my own and others work.
I have organised and presented my work neatly.
Assessment
On-going Formative assessment throughout both activities.
Summative assessment. Portfolio Practical art and design skills linked to the knowledge and
understanding of art and design practice across each activity. Investigation and development work
assessed along with the final expressive / design solution and Art / Design studies.
For more information, see a member of staff in the Art and Design department
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Biology
Why take Biology in S3?
Understanding Biology becomes ever more important in our everyday lives
From molecules to cells to organisms and beyond Life is fascinating!
Technological advances give Biologists increasing impact in solving the world's problems, for
example: genetic modification can produce new plants and drugs; fertility treatments can be
devised; cures devised for genetic disease; new sources of food developed.
The skills developed by a Biology course are in demand by employers
By practical activities and by highlighting relevant applications, Biology promotes a scientific
understanding of biological issues and deeper understanding of underlying themes such as evolution
and adaptation, structure and function, inheritance, life processes in organisms, and interaction
between organisms and their environments.
What’s in the course in S3?
Learners in Biology will be able continue from S1 and S2 to develop their Scientific Skills, and a deeper
knowledge and understanding of:
Planet Earth (the Biodiversity and Interdependence of Life, Sustainability);
Biological Systems (Body Systems, Inheritance);
Topical Biology (Life Sciences, the media, and Biologists in Scotland and beyond).
The emphasis will be on active learning and practical experience in S3 which will include learning how
biologists study the environment and what they find out (‘Our Living Planet’), and the basic biology of
organisms (‘Our Living Cells’), featuring cells and cell division in growth and repair, using cells industrially,
enzymes, DNA and inheritance.
Having completed a broad general science education by the end of S3, this will equip learners to tackle one
of the S4 National Qualifications in Biology (National 4 or National 5), which gives further in-depth
opportunities to study areas of modern Biology as shown in the Unit titles:
Cell Biology
Multicellular Organisms
Life on Earth
For further information, please speak to Mr Laidlaw or any of the Science staff
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Business Management
What is the subject about?
This course allows students to get an insight into the world of business. It covers all the main elements that
are important in the world of work regardless of what you want to do in the future. The purpose of this
course is to prepare students for a career in business at any level. Scotland needs people to launch new
businesses and effective management is the key to success this course aims to produce effective
managers!
The course covers:
How businesses are organised
Business Planning
Financial Planning
Product Development
What makes a business successful?
These areas are important when starting or running your own business but are also essential for anyone who
hopes to go into management.
What does it involve?
There are many different approaches to learning in this course ranging
from mini-enterprise projects, management activities/tasks, presentations,
researching up-to-date business information, and team tasks! We also
make use of information technology to support classroom activities.
How is it assessed?
You will be assessed on an ongoing basis as you complete tasks in class. At the end of the course you will get
the chance to present your business plan to a panel of dragons!
What is the value of the course?
Business Management will be very valuable for all career options but particularly for those students who
wish to start their own business or work for a business. The course will develop an awareness of the
importance of being part of a team and working towards a goal/objective.
Students can go on to study Business Management at National 4 or 5 level in S4.
To find out more, speak to Mrs Rhynas (PT Business Studies, Room 24)
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Chemistry
Why take Chemistry? Chemistry is the central science and impacts on everything in our lives. An understanding of
chemistry is necessary for other sciences from astronomy to zoology. All of the materials used by engineers and
technologists are made by chemical reactions and we all experience chemical reactions continuously, whether it is
breathing or baking a cake, driving a car or listening to an mp3 player. Chemistry is concerned with all aspects of
molecules, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure and their synthesis and use in the
21
st
century. Also chemistry is FUN!
What’s in the course in S3? Chemistry in S3 will build on the foundations of work carried out in S1 and S2 and will
move towards work you might expect in S4 as part of the National 4 and National 5 syllabus. In S3, pupils will do work
that meshes directly with coursework in National 4 and 5 that is still part of the S1 S3 Broad General Education
Strategy.
This includes:
Continue to develop knowledge of the Periodic Table
Structure of atoms and bonding.
Connecting the properties of substances with their possible structures.
Continuing to develop knowledge of chemical reactions
Collecting and analysing experimental data.
An introduction to simple formula writing and word equations.
The emphasis will be on active learning and practical experience in S3, and,
having completed a broad general science education by the end of S3, this will equip learners to tackle one of the S4
National Qualifications in Chemistry (National 4 or National 5).
What’s in Chemistry at National 4 /National 5?
National 4/5 Chemistry courses follow a Unit structure. The 40-hour units are entitled:
Chemical Changes and Structure
Nature’s Chemistry
Chemistry in Society.
How is Chemistry at National 4/National 5 assessed?
These 2 courses differ in two main ways. National 4 Chemistry is assessed internally by means of practical assessments
and tests over each unit. Also, National 4 has an added value unit which consists of a project. In National 5 there are
also unit assessments but at a more challenging level which lead to an exam set by the SQA. There is also an
assignment.
Where do the courses lead? On completing National 4 at the end of S4, pupils could then opt to do National 5 in S5.
Higher chemistry could then be considered in S6. Those completing National 5 in S4 would undertake Higher Chemistry
in S5.
For further information, please speak to Mrs Ramsay or Mr Sutherland
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Design and Manufacture
What is the subject about?
Design and manufacture seeks to develop independent thinking, problem solving, creativity and practical
skills of pupils through the process of designing and making a variety of projects in a workshop environment.
During the course, pupils solve a number of design problems and make individual solutions in wood, metal
and plastic. They will also learn the process of designing for an industrial context and how to evaluate
existing consumer products.
The following are studied:
1. Knowledge and understanding of materials, tools, machinery, safety, product evaluation and the process
of designing.
2. Designing solutions to practical problems which can be manufactured in a school workshop and meet the
needs of users.
3. Practical abilities to independently manufacture solutions to practical problems.
What does it involve?
During S3, pupils will solve a range of different design problems using a variety of materials and equipment.
The coursework will emphasise on solving household problems and will help develop practical skills and the
ability to communicate effectively using graphics and modelling. The activity of designing requires an
understanding of human needs and values and will provide opportunities for the realistic application of
other school subjects.
How is it assessed?
All work is assessed during class time through the production of design portfolios and practical projects.
Value of the course
The person who can both think and do is recognised as important to society. Design and Manufacture strives
to provide opportunities for pupils to think creatively and inventively, to find realistic situations for
organising their thinking and to be successful in creating items which are uniquely their own. To create a
piece of craftwork from initial design to manufactured project is a demanding task.
The course, through a blend of technological, vocational and creative activities, prepares young people for
further education, a working life and leisure activities.
To find out more, speak to Mr Meehan or a member of the Technical staff.
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English
What is the subject about?
Pupils develop their communication skills in reading, writing, talking and listening through a variety of
activities in a range of planned units of work. Language and Literature study takes place through units based
on selected texts. Thematic units, designed to encourage pupils to comment on themselves and their
environment, further stimulate reflective and analytic skills. The activities in each unit develop
understanding and appreciation of the written and spoken forms of English; competence in expressing
information, ideas, opinions in writing and talk; research and study skills; knowledge of vocabulary and basic
language structure.
What is the structure of the courses?
The main components of the course are Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening. Pupils will study novels,
poetry, drama and media. There will be a focus on literacy skills in a variety of familiar forms relevant for
learning, life and work. Functional/ informational texts will also be studied.
How are they assessed?
Homework and classwork will be assessed regularly with a view to helping pupils to improve their skills.
Progress will be closely monitored. A folio of work covering reading, listening, writing and talking will be
kept. There will be an end of year assessment. This course will lead either to National 4 and/or 5 in S4.
Value of the courses
Competence in communication skills and an understanding of the effects of language are essential
throughout life. The study of literature and media helps develop language awareness and encourages
thought and understanding of other human beings and our place in the world.
To find out more, speak with Mrs Mackintosh, PT English
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GEOGRAPHY
What is Geography?
Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, put simply, about the
world in which we live. Our world is likely to change rapidly in the next 50 years. Geography helps us to
understand the nature of these changes (the who, where, what, why, when and how) and to prepare and
plan for the future.
Why Geography?
Geography is the most interdisciplinary subject, sitting in a unique position as a bridge between the social
science (Human Geography) and the natural sciences (Physical Geography). In studying Geography pupils
will develop important attitudes and skills including an open mind and respect for the values, beliefs and
cultures of others; an openness to new thinking and ideas; a sense of responsibility; research and data
collection skills; report writing; time management and organisation; problem solving; fieldwork , data
collection and analysis.
What will I study?
The S3 Geography course covers a wide range of Physical and Human Geography topics.
Introduction to Earth Science including local fieldwork
Inverness Case Study site, situation and function. land use zones and Inverness Fieldwork
Sustainable Living towards a sustainable future? Case studies of Curitibia and Copenhagen.
Globalisation
Rivers features and landscapes Fairy Glen Burn Fieldwork
The course will build on concepts, skills and knowledge and understanding learnt in S1 and 2 allowing for
progression towards National 4/5 and Higher. Fieldwork, project and investigation work will play a large part
of the course preparing pupils for the Value Added aspect of National 4/5. Completion of this course would
lead onto the study of Geography in the senior school, at National 4/5, Higher and Advanced Higher level.
Further information from Miss A Stewart (PT Geography)
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Graphic Communication
What is the course about?
This course develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the use of graphic techniques for
communication in the world around us and in the world of work. The course focuses on the international use
of technical and computer graphics which are used to communicate in the disciplines of Architecture,
Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, Product Design, Interior Design and Graphic Design.
The following elements are studied:
1. Knowledge and interpretation of drawings, diagrams, charts, graphs and computer systems which will
develop an understanding of literacy.
2. Drawing abilities relating to sketching, drawing of pictorial, orthographic, sectional, exploded and
assembled views of everyday items. This develops an understanding of numeracy and three dimensional
awareness.
3. Computer graphics skills in the fields of 3D modelling, technical drawings, graphic illustration and desk top
publishing.
What does it involve?
Pupils work through a course of technical drawing and written work in class.
A portfolio of computer graphics is also compiled during class time which includes a range of work as
described above.
How is it assessed?
Pupil progress and understanding is assessed during class time as they work through their coursework.
What is the value of the course?
This course provides pupils with a knowledge and experience of computer graphics and technical drawing as
used in the world of work and in the built environment. It develops and tests their literacy and numeracy
skills in preparation for their life beyond school, while enabling pupils to exercise imagination, creative
ability and logical thinking.
To find out more, talk to Mr Meehan or a member of staff in Technical
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History
What is the course about?
In S3 pupils will study different events, the causes and legacies associated with them
The Empire of Genghis Khan: In the 13
th
century Genghis Khan created the largest land empire the
world has ever known. Was it all death and destruction? Pupils will study the military tactics of his
army and also the social effects of his rule.
Medicine Through the Ages: Diseases that have blighted humans down through the ages and the
medical responses to them. They nature of illness and diseases and their perceived causes and cures
The French Revolution: The events and the causes of the French Revolution. The consequences of
which reverberated throughout the world
Votes for women: The period when women took to the streets, both peacefully and violently, to
fight for their right to vote.
An introductory study of the First World War. The Causes of the war and the experiences of those
who fought in the trenches or made shells in the munitions factories. Every year, in June, there is an
optional visit to the areas of France and Belgium where British soldiers were involved during the First
World War.
The emphasis of the course is mainly on the acquisition of skills and the understanding of ideas. Pupils will
be increasingly responsible for their own learning, through which they will gain an understanding of the
social, economic and political forces which have shaped our own society and other countries. Varieties of
approaches are used individual work; pair and group work; debates; use of original sources; mini-
investigations; video, slide and computer-based learning.
How is it assessed?
Using a variety of assessment methods, we will regularly test understanding and skill development. This
course may lead on to National 4 and 5 in S4.
Value of the Course
History covers a wide range of human issues such as poverty, technology, war, famine, persecution, rights
and democracy, the study of which aids understanding of current issues. Since viewpoints frequently differ,
pupils are encouraged to form their own opinions based on evidence, not prejudice. Accordingly, knowledge
is acquired with a positive aim the ability to make informed judgements. “Thinking” is important for it
prepares pupils to face more effectively the variety of circumstances which they will meet on leaving school.
History is also excellent preparation for those pupils wishing to continue with education providing
assessment in critical knowledge, extended writing and good study techniques.
To find out more, speak with Mr P Cronin (PT History/Modern Studies/RMPS, Room 7)
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Hospitality Practical Cookery
This Course builds on the relevant experiences and outcomes for the technologies and health and wellbeing curriculum
areas. It enables learners to develop cookery-related knowledge, understanding and skills, and to use them at home, in
the wider community and, ultimately in employment. The course lays foundations for lifelong learning and a successful
working life.
The Course will develop:
successful learners who achieve through participating in engaging, motivating and relevant learning
experiences in real-life hospitality contexts.
confident individuals who derive satisfaction from being able to produce dishes and meals and from having
their achievements and skills recognised.
responsible citizens who actively participate in the work of the class, develop awareness of issues affecting
society, such as health and wellbeing, sustainability and seasonality of produce, and take on organisational
tasks.
effective contributors who share their views with others, effectively contributing to group tasks and
supporting their peers whenever appropriate.
In addition to the above, the Practical Cookery Course develops a range of skills for learning, life and work, which have a
universal application and are essential to individuals’ effective functioning in all four spheres. This includes aspects of
numeracy and thinking skills, and those supporting physical wellbeing.
Although the main purpose of this subject is to develop learners’ practical cookery skills and their knowledge and
understanding of ingredients and to provide a set of foundation skills for those who wish to progress to professional
hospitality courses or work, it is also suitable for those who are interested in food and cooking and who enjoy being
creative with food.
The skills acquired can be utilised in a variety of different contexts.
The Course aims to enable learners to:
become familiar with a range of basic cookery skills, simple food preparation techniques and simple cookery
processes
acquire an understanding of ingredients and their uses and an awareness of responsible sourcing and sustainability
develop an awareness of the impact of the choice of ingredients on health and wellbeing
follow simple recipes to produce simple dishes
plan and produce simple meals and present them appropriately
develop an understanding of the importance of food safety and hygiene and work safely and hygienically
The Course contains a significant practical component, which involves experiential learning, and is supported by related
theory. It uses real-life hospitality contexts, which makes it relevant to the world of work. Its uniqueness lies in
introducing learners to practical cookery in hospitality-related contexts.
Studying Practical Cookery makes an important contribution to general education through developing a range of
essential skills which will stand learners in good stead regardless of the career path they ultimately choose. Its
contribution to vocational education is just as significant because it opens up progression to a range of careers in the
catering and hospitality industries. The Course also supports the wider curriculum through developing learners’
awareness of the importance of responsible sourcing of ingredients and sustainability.
At the end of the course you might progress to National 4 or an SVQ in Professional Cookery (run in conjunction with
Inverness College) and if you wish to continue the course in college which can progress eventually to an HND Degree.
Furthermore and equally important, Practical Cookery is fun, challenging and interesting! Bon appetit!
To find out more, speak to Mrs A Walker, Hospitality Department, Health Faculty.
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Mathematics
What is the subject about?
The Mathematics course aims to help pupils develop knowledge and techniques which can be used for
solving problems in a mathematical context. Pupils will work at one of three levels, developing essential skills
necessary for progression to National 3, National 4, or National 5 level in S4. Pupils will undertake a level
appropriate to their ability, being placed in classes after the attainment and effort displayed in S1 and S2 is
taken into account. Movement between classes throughout S3 and S4 is possible, depending on pupil
performance. No individual will be asked to struggle with work which is too demanding nor be restricted to
work which is not sufficiently challenging.
How is it assessed?
The course leading to National 3 Mathematics will help learners to become numerate and to become
responsible and independent in everyday life. This course includes the study of number, money, shape,
patterns and measurement, allowing individuals to interpret information and solve basic problems. This
course will be internally assessed.
The course leading to National 4 and National 5 will allow learners to interpret, communicate and manage
information in mathematical form, skills which are vital to scientific and technological research and
development. This course is designed to develop the learner’s skills in using mathematical language, to
explore mathematical ideas, and to develop skills relevant to learning, life and work in an engaging and
enjoyable way.
The courses build on prior learning and develop:
operational skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics.
reasoning skills of investigation, problem solving, analysis and modelling.
numeracy skills in number processes and information handling.
The National 4 course will be internally assessed and contains a Numeracy Unit. The National 5 Course
contains an externally assessed exam at the end of S4.
To find out more speak to Mr Ghee (PT Maths, Rm 20).
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Modern Languages
Pupils in S2 have the following choice of courses to follow in S3:
In the main Languages column (3 periods) pupils may choose either to continue with French or to take up German.
In one of the “free choice” columns (2 periods) pupils who wish to study German as well as French will study
French.**
** Pupils who choose French in this column will have 1 period less per week than others.
However we think that these pupils will still be able to cover mainly the same ground as those with 3 periods; firstly
because they are also studying German and also because we assume they will be well motivated.
There is no SQA qualification at the end of S3. It is expected that most pupils will have achieved Level 3 in one language
by the end of S3. Some may already be working at Level 4 in some skills.
At the end of S3 pupils will have the choice as follows:
Pupils have the option of continuing their study of French and/or German
Pupils have the option of dropping French and/or German
Why choose 2 languages?
If you enjoy French, why not try German too? You think you’d enjoy learning German. You like the sound of it!
You will have 10 subjects overall, so plenty of room for other subjects.
The more languages you learn, the easier it gets. You are improving a skill as well as learning another language.
Creates more opportunities for your future career: Europe/international companies/scientific research, tourism …
A qualification in a language is highly regarded by universities and employers of all kinds.
Why choose German instead of French?
You think you’d enjoy learning German. You like the sound of it!
You may feel you’ve given French your best effort and need a change to re-motivate you.
You may have a personal connection with Germany.
Why continue with French?
You’re enjoying French!
You can build on the progress you have already made and will get to a fairly good level of French by the end of S3 if
you continue to work hard.
Other things to take into account if choosing German
Don’t choose German just because you don’t enjoy French! You need to have a positive reason for choosing it.
German won’t in the end be any easier than French although some people do get on better with German than
French, especially if they are motivated.
You will find that the pace in the German class may be faster than in French, to allow pupils to reach the required
level by the end of S3.
To find out more, speak to your French or German teacher or to Mrs Mackintosh (room 5), Principal Teacher of
Faculty.
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Modern Studies
What is Modern Studies?
Modern Studies is about how people live in society. It is a way of looking at the world. Its focus is on people
and the way they interact. Pupils will learn to look at the world locally, nationally and internationally.
Modern Studies is about understanding society by examining social, political and economic perspectives.
Modern Studies encourages pupils to become open minded, tolerant and understanding of others and will
help them become active citizens.
What is studied?
Scotland in the Wider World
o This unit is about understanding Scotland’s role within the world and how life is different in
Scotland compared to other countries. This unit will focus on the role of women, politics,
media and trade. There will be a comparison between three countries: Scotland, China and
Zimbabwe.
Terrorism
o This unit will look at the causes and consequences of terrorism. It will also focus on UK
government and world responses to terrorism, looking at anti-terrorist measures.
Brazil
o This unit will look at a contemporary society and emerging world power. It will focus on
recent socio/economic issues, particularly the inequalities that exist between rich and poor,
while also looking at the political system
How is it assessed?
Pupils will be assessed on an on-going basis to check for understanding. The course aims to enable learners
to develop a range of research and information handling skills, debate, argument and higher order thinking
skills. Many of the skills developed in S3 will prepare pupils for National and Higher Modern Studies.
Value of the course
Modern studies covers a wide range of current human and world issues including human rights, war,
democracy and inequalities. The course aims to equip pupils with a sound knowledge and understanding of
contemporary political and social issues which they will face in their lives.
To find out more, speak with Mr P Cronin (PT History/Modern Studies/RMPS, Room 7)
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Music
What is the course about?
Studying music in S3 engages pupils in a range of practical musical activities which will enrich their lives by
developing their personal, intellectual, social and cultural growth regardless of level of ability. Pupils will be
given the opportunity to perform, compose and listen to music in a wide variety of styles.
How is it assessed?
Pupils will be assessed in 3 areas:
Performing Skills
Composing Skills
Understanding Music
All pupils will be required to develop performing skills on two different instruments (these choices will have
already been made during the S1/2 music course). This encourages variety for all levels of ability. Private
tuition is not necessary to fulfil the requirements of the course.
Pupils will be encouraged to perform as part of a class concert and some performances will be recorded.
During the course, pupils will explore ideas by Composing. Students will look at the work of other
composers, exploring their ideas and techniques, and produce a short folio of their own compositions.
Pupils will listen to music in many forms and styles developing critical and discriminatory abilities.
Pupils will further develop their skills and understanding of musical literacy.
To find out more, speak to Mrs A Gilliland (PT Music, Room 13)
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION
PE Courses Overview
Leadership and Personal Development
Aimed at developing learner’s practical performance in preparation
for the National 4/5 courses in S4. A high level of effort and
commitment is essential for all learners through all of the activities.
This course will also allow pupils to develop a number of personal
and leadership qualities by building on communication, confidence
and the ability to assess risks. There will be the opportunity for
pupils to investigate and develop personal health, fitness and wellbeing.
Dance
Aimed at giving learners a fun, enjoyable, lively experience
through dance. Learners will need an open mind with a positive
attitude to fully benefit from the course. There will be
opportunities to learn, lead and perform in various challenging
contexts.
See below for further course specifications
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Leadership and Personal Development
Purpose and aims of the course
The main purpose of the course is to develop, demonstrate and improve practical and performance skills and
leadership qualities in a variety of physical activities. The course also provides an opportunity to support the
way that individual attitudes, values and behaviours are formed. By engaging in practical activities the
learner can demonstrate initiative, decision making and problem solving. Learners will also have the
opportunity to develop team building skills and enhance their ability to compete, co-operate and
collaborate. There will be the opportunity for pupils to develop fitness levels, make them aware of the
dietary and mental factors that lead to a ‘healthy’ lifestyle and educate them in basic First Aid. By engaging
in these activities the learner will develop key skills for Life. They will learn what a ‘healthy’ lifestyle is and
how small changes in their daily routine can help them achieve this
The course aims to enable the learner to:
- Develop and demonstrate understanding of the principles underpinning physical performance
- Explain factors which impact on engagement and performance in physical activities
- Build capacity to enhance effective performance
- Assess risk and personal challenges
- Develop self-confidence and communication skills in various contexts
- Examine and analyse performance to inform and influence personal improvement.
- Understand how diet, sleep, exercise and mental state all affect a ‘healthy’ lifestyle
- Be able to perform basic First Aid
Information about typical learners who might do the course
This course is suitable for all learners who have an interest in and enthusiasm for developing their physical
and performance skills, either to pursue study and career options related to physical education or to
broaden their learning experience.
The following skills will be developed in the course: movement and performance; approaches for enhancing
and refining performance skills; performance composition; planning, decision making and problem solving,
and examining and analysing performance. Pupils will also develop their leadership, self-confidence and
communication skills when performing and leading others.
Course Structure
The central theme is to develop approaches to enhance performance through evaluation and analysis. The
course will enable learners to develop skills, positive attitudes and attributes related to performance and
physical activity which are transferable to other contexts.
Physical Education: Performance
This unit will focus on enhancing learner engagement and performance in physical activity by analysing,
embedding and developing elements of performance including skills application, applied fitness,
performance awareness and performance composition. The unit offers opportunities for personalisation and
choice of physical activities which might include a four activity combination from: football, basketball,
badminton, hockey, rugby, athletics and gymnastics.
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Physical Education: Factors Impacting on Performance
This unit will explore factors which impact on engagement and performance in physical activities. Learners
will examine and analyse the development of personal performance. There will be opportunities for
personalisation and choice in selecting from a range of these activities.
Skills and Knowledge
Overview of subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be assessed in the course includes:
- Movement and performance skills in different contexts
- Investigating and application of approaches for improving or refining skills, fitness, performance
composition and tactics
- Understanding and application of the principles that underpin performance
- Planning and leading small sessions in various contexts
- Team building by participating in a variety of different roles
- Planning and implementing solutions in a range performance situations
- Examining and analysing factors impacting on performance
- Examining and analysing performance in a familiar context
Assessment Practical Performance
Practical Performance have Units which are all internally assessed (this means that they will be assessed by
teachers and lecturers).
What is the value of the course?
While this course aims to improve pupils' practical performance, it also encourages critical appreciation, e.g.
by helping pupils suggest ways to improve their own performance and that of their peers. As well as working
on their own, pupils are regularly asked to work with a partner or as part of a group. They will learn the value
of being a contributing member of a team/group, making and taking decisions, as well as taking on
responsibility. Pupils will also develop their confidence and communication skills as well as their ability to
assess risks. Also, this course will develop pupil’s ability to self-evaluate, set and achieve goals through
structured planning and gain a clearer understanding of how they contribute to their ‘health’. These Life
skills will allow for a lifelong appreciation of what makes a person ‘healthy’ and aims to help them take the
first steps to achieving this lifestyle.
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Dance
Purpose and aims of the course
The main purpose of the course is to develop pupil’s awareness and ability in traditional, modern and
aerobic dance. It will cover a number of different dance styles from these genres and aims to enable the
pupils to plan, prepare and perform routines within the styles. Pupils will learn basic steps and have the
ability to demonstrate their own personal experience and flair in the creation of the routines.
The course aims to:
- Develop learner’s ability to perform dance with accuracy, control, body awareness, sensitivity and
movement flow.
- Develop learners ability to express their creativity when choreographing dance
- Develop learners dance repertoire from different styles and cultures
- Examine, analyse and evaluate aspects of dance
- Opportunity to lead pupils in primary and S1/2
Information about typical learners who might do the course
This course is suitable for all learners who have an interest in this area and are willing to develop their
performance. No experience is necessary as the sessions will be differentiated for all abilities.
Assessment
All areas of the course will be internally assessed with the pupils creating and performing routines from each
of the dance genres.
What is the value of the course?
While this course aims to improve pupils' practical performance, it also encourages critical appreciation, e.g.
by helping pupils suggest ways to improve their own performance, create routines and evaluate their
performance. As well as working on their own, pupils are regularly asked to work with a partner or as part of
a group. They will learn the value of being a contributing member of a team/group, making and taking
decisions, as well as taking on responsibility.
Please note that the above course has no progression beyond S3
For more information about PE courses, speak to Mr Morton, Principal Teacher of Health Faculty
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Physics
Why study Physics?
Physics teaches you to think
Physics explains “how things work”
Physics gives you an appreciation of the world around you.
Physics is extremely useful when you leave school
And of course….Physics is FUN!!
Physics is very useful when you leave school because employers know …...
Physics is challenging so you must have studied hard
You must be good at understanding complicated ideas
You must be good at problem solving
Lots of jobs use physics…..
Radiographers, astronomers, geologists, pilots, medical researchers, weather forecasters, satellite
and television engineers, electricians, car mechanics, electronic engineers and …………...…many,
many more.
What’s in Physics in S3?
Physics in S3 will build on the foundations of work carried out in S1 and S2 and will move towards work you
might expect in S4 as part of the National 4 and National 5 syllabus.
In S3, pupils will do work that meshes directly with coursework in National 4 and 5 that is still part of the S1
S3 Broad General Education Strategy.
This includes:
Electromagnetic Spectrum
Waves and Radiation
Using Radiation in Medicine
Sound and Light
Planning and carrying out experiments; report writing
There will be much more emphasis on maths and numeracy with a thorough introduction to the use of
formulae in Physics to explain everyday occurrences. Physics will teach you how to use scientific
language to write reports and express yourself as a scientist would.
In S4, pupils will follow continuation work at either National 4 OR National 5, depending on
performance and aptitude in S3.
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Both National 4 and National 5 follow a Unit structure. There are three units:
Dynamics and Space - Newton’s Laws, Forces and Gravity, Cosmology (study of the Universe).
Waves and Radiation Sound and Light, other types of invisible waves, Nuclear radiation.
Electricity & Energy Electrical and electronic circuits, voltage and current, power, heat, gases.
In addition, there is an “Added Value Unit” which will involve extended investigative or project work.
There will also be testing carried out both internally (by teachers) and in exams (marked externally)
Where do the courses lead?
On successfully completing National 4 Physics in S4, pupils could then proceed to possibly do National 5 in
S5, followed by an option to do Higher Physics in S6.
Pupils who successfully complete National 5 in S4 could undertake Higher Physics in S5 followed by
Advanced Higher in S6.
Those pupils who do not meet the required standards of National 5, may, in certain circumstances, be
awarded a Pass at National 4 level.
For further information, speak to members of the Physics Department: Mr Forwood (Principal Teacher),
Mr Garrod (Physics) or Mr Mackenzie (Rector).
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Practical Woodworking
What is the subject about?
This is a practical course which is exploratory and experiential in nature which provides opportunities for
learners to gain a range of practical woodworking skills and to use a variety of tools, equipment and
materials while making complex woodwork projects. It allows them to plan activities through to the
completion of a finished product in wood.
The Course will also give learners the opportunity to develop thinking, numeracy, and employability,
enterprise and citizenship skills.
The aims of the Course are to enable learners to develop:
skills in woodworking techniques
skills in measuring and marking out timber sections and sheet materials
safe working practices in workshop environments
practical creativity and problem-solving skills
an understanding of sustainability issues in a practical woodworking context
What does it involve?
Pupils work through a range of complex woodwork projects and are required to read drawings and diagrams,
plan their own work effectively, measure and cut timbers accurately, use tools and machinery safely and
work in an independent manner.
How is it assessed?
There are three units which have to be passed before the final assessment can be undertaken.
The units are assessed in class by the teacher as the work is being completed. If a particular outcome is failed
in one unit it may be possible to reassess it through the work of another unit later on in the course.
Once all of the units in the course have been passed, students can sit their final assessment. This involves
making a complex project which is set by the SQA and will cover most of the work that has been covered in
the original course units. The final assessment is worth 80 marks. Performance in this final assessment is
graded A-D and constitutes the grade for the course.
There is no written exam.
Value of the course
The Practical Woodworking course aims to provide pupils with an opportunity to develop their ability to plan
and organise their own work in an independent manner while demonstrating a variety of skills which can be
transferred to the world of work. Success in this course is dependent on literacy, numeracy and
employability skills which would help to prepare students for employment in manufacturing industries.
To find out more, speak to Mr Meehan or a member of the Technical staff.
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Science
Why take Science in S3?
It could lead into National 3 or National 4 Science in S4
Everyone needs to understand what Science is about, as it affects us so much
Science is a hands-on way to find out about the world around us
Science is a great option for developing skills needed by employers
Science can also lead on to further courses in different science subjects in S5 and beyond
What’s in the course in S3?
Learners in Science will be able continue from S1 and S2 to develop their Scientific Skills and a deeper
knowledge and understanding of:
Planet Earth (the Biodiversity and Interdependence of Life, our Energy Sources and Sustainability,
Processes of the Planet, and Space);
Forces, Electricity and Waves;
Biological Systems (Body Systems, Inheritance);
Materials (Properties and Uses, Earth’s Materials, Chemical Changes);
Topical Science (Science and Scientists in Scotland and beyond).
The emphasis will be on active learning and practical experience in S3
Having completed a broad general science education by the end of S3, this will allow learners to tackle the
S4 National Qualification in Science (National 3/4 Science), which features further studies of current science
under the following Unit titles
Fragile Earth
Human Health
Science Applications
Science: Added Value Unit (National 4 only): (a project to do, which draws on skills and knowledge
from across the other Units)
For further information, please speak to Mr Laidlaw, or your science teacher.