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Miss D.Barton (T31) - PT Pupil Support
Dr Berry (T41)
Mr C.Grierson (T42) - PT Faculty (Sciences)
Miss Harrison (T43)

Accommodation and Resources
All the Science laboratories are located in the Tower Block - for room numbers see Faculty Members section.

Curriculum (BGE and Senior Phase) structure and courses
In S1-S3 all pupils will participate in a Broad General Education:
• S1/S2 – All pupils participate in a common Science course for 4 periods per week in S1 and 3 periods per week in S2. The topics covered include Cells and Reproduction / States of Matter / Light / Body Systems / Electricity / Environment / Separating mixtures / Forces / Space and sound / DNA and inheritance / Acids and alkalis / Heat / Chemical reactions
• S3 – All pupils will choose which Science subjects they will study. They will either be recommended to take a General Science course or offered the chance to take any combination of the 3 discrete Science subjects (Biology / Chemistry / Physics).
In S3-S6 pupils will progress to the appropriate courses available in the Senior Phase. The courses that are currently offered in the Science Faculty (some of these courses may be available through the Dumfries Burgh Schools network) are:
• National 3 / 4 Science
• National 4 Biology / National 5 Biology
• National 4 Chemistry / National 5 Chemistry
• National 4 Physics / National 5 Physics
• National 4 Environmental Science / National 5 Environmental Science
• Higher Biology
• Higher Human Biology
• Higher Chemistry
• Higher Physics
• Advanced Higher Biology
• Advanced Higher Chemistry
• Advanced Higher Physics

Further information is available regarding the content of these courses via the SQA website or by contacting a member of the Science faculty.

Learning in the classroom
Students studying in the Science Faculty will learn to:
• develop a curiosity and understanding of their environment and their place in the living, material and physical world
• demonstrate a secure knowledge and understanding of the big ideas and concepts of the sciences
• develop skills for learning, life and work
• develop skills of scientific inquiry and investigation using practical techniques
• develop skills in the accurate use of scientific language, formulae and equations
• recognise the role of creativity and inventiveness in the development of the sciences
• apply safety measures and take necessary actions to control risk and hazards
• recognise the impact the sciences make on their lives, the lives of others, the environment and on society
• develop an understanding of the Earth’s resources and the need for responsible use of them
• express opinions and make decisions on social, moral, ethical, economic and environmental issues based upon sound understanding
• develop as scientifically literate citizens with a lifelong interest in the sciences
• establish the foundation for more advanced learning and, for some, future careers in the sciences and the technologies.

All pupils should expect to receive homework in Science. This homework will be given at the discretion of the class teacher. If homework is not being completed a progress concern letter may be sent to parents / carers to inform them of this situation. Science teachers will also post resources and homework on Microsoft Teams and / or Satchel One. Parents / carers can also access these to receive information regarding homework, deadline dates and assessment details.

Assessment in the Broad General Education will use both summative assessments (unit assessment tests) and formative assessments (what pupils ‘say’, ‘make’, write’ and ‘do’) to provide a holistic overview for each pupil. This will provide the basis for decisions on the most appropriate progression routes for all pupils as they make option choices for entry into S3 and the Senior Phase (S4-6).

Extra Curricular Activities
In the Science faculty we provide a wide range of trips, activities and extra-curricular events (many of these have not been able to proceed during COVID). We have the annual S1 trip to the Glasgow Science Centre which has always proved a popular and enjoyable experience. The Science faculty has also organised whole school BGE residential trips to Chester and London on alternate years.

This year has also introduced ‘Science Club’ where students have the opportunity to participate in fun Science activities during lunchtime on Wednesdays.

Relevance of subject to careers and progression routes
Science is central to everything in our lives and therefore is relevant to a huge number of career pathways and courses for study at college and university. A qualification in Biology could be useful in the following career areas:

Ecology, nursing, teaching, brewing, medicine, dentistry, psychiatry, forensics, agriculture, radiography, horticulture, food science, marine biology, pharmacology, biochemistry, physiotherapy, sports science, sports therapy, biotechnology, fisheries work, laboratory work, veterinary work, occupational therapy, environmental health, paramedical work, environmental science, prosthetics, opthalmics/orthoptics, paramedical work.

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