Science, Technologies, Health and Wellbeing

Science

In S1-3 all pupils follow an integrated science course with elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, following a broad and balanced curriculum designed to challenge their learning. Practical units are used to introduce our learners to the sciences, with stimulating and exciting lessons throughout. Pupils receive regular homework involving a range of activities and they are assessed by the use of regular end of unit tests and written assignments. From these we can review individuals progress and set targets for further development.

S4-6 pupils can select a discrete science subject, and many select two or three. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are available from National 3 through to Higher
level. These courses include a variety of assessment methods including practical experiments, research projects and internally assessed work. These courses are
a continuation of the challenging and progressive learning of S1-3. Science is taught in purpose built laboratories which are all equipped with ICT. There is also a fully equipped ICT suite with 20 computers. We aim to help pupils become confident individuals in an increasingly technological world. We hope to provide thought provoking discussion about Science and its applications, and of the world in which we live. Finally we aim to inspire our young people to continue studying Science after they leave Bannockburn High School.

Science club runs on Tuesdays after school for S1 pupils. We do various experiments and investigations: we’ve made crystals, bath bombs, natural indicators to test for acids and alkalis and used microscopes.

Design Technology

Within the Design Technology Department the following courses are available for study:

S1/S2 Design Technology Course
The main aim of the Design Technology course is to give young people an opportunity to develop broad-based technical skills, and in doing so encourage them to engage in problem solving.
Practical work offers each pupil an opportunity to have a hands-on experience of a variety of processes and tools, through several projects based around metal, wood and plastic. This area will be assessed through the development of skills and an understanding of the resources.
The Graphic Communication course provides each pupil with the opportunity to develop their understanding of both formal and freehand drawing through a broad course. This course includes illustration and presentation, technical drawing and computer aided design.

S3/S4 Woodworking Course
The Practical Woodworking course consists of the following three workshop-based units -Bench Skills 1, Wood Flat-Frame Construction, Bench Skills 2 -Wood Carcase Construction, Machining and Finishing -Wood Turning. The course is assessed by the completion of a final workshop based project using the skills developed when completing the units.The course will develop skills in marking-out, cutting, shaping and finishing materials, as well as adjusting and maintaining a range of hand tools. Apart from giving an insight into industry and standards, such studies help with the development of self-confidence, manual dexterity and control, perseverance and maturity.

S3/S4 Design and Manufacture
The course provides a broad practical introduction to design, and materials and manufacturing processes. It provides opportunities for learners to gain skills in designing and in communicating design proposals. It allows learners to explore the properties and uses of materials and to make models and prototypes of products. The course is practical, exploratory and experiential in nature. It combines elements of creativity and designing for aesthetic or visual impact with a requirement to consider a product’s function and performance. It helps the learner appreciate the tensions that exist between factors such as aesthetics, function, economics and the environment. The course allows learners to consider the various factors that impact on a product’s design. The learner will consider the life cycle of a product from its inception through design, manufacture, and use, including its disposal or re-use— a ‘cradle-to-cradle’ approach to design.

S3/S4 Graphic Communication
This Course is a broad-based qualification suitable for learners with an interest in graphic communication — both digital and paper-based. The qualification is largely learner-centred and includes practical and experiential learning opportunities. Because the world of graphic communication covers such a wide variety of styles and modes of communication, there is a broad scope for personalisation and choice within the Course for each learner.
The N4/N5 Graphic Communication course introduces learners to the diverse and ever-increasing variety of presentation methods employed in the Graphic Design field. Pupils develop skills in 2D and 3D Graphics. A N4 pupil will be internally assessed on these five assessments as well as an Added Value Unit which will determine their overall grade there will be no External Exam. A N5 pupil will be internally assessed on these five assessments, an Added Value Unit and also an External Exam in May.

S5/S6 Graphic Communication
• Int 1 Graphic Communication – The Intermediate 1 qualification develops knowledge and practical application of sketching and drawing everyday items. The course consists of three elements: Technical Graphics 1, Technical Graphics 2 and Computer Graphics. Additionally, 30% of the course award is based on the production of a graphic portfolio of work. The course encourages appreciation of the role of information technology within Graphic Communication and the world today. It offers learners the opportunity to develop analytical thinking and creativity, and develops core aspects of technological capability.

• Int 2 Graphic Communication – The Intermediate 2 qualification in Graphic Communication develops knowledge and practical application of sketching and drawing
everyday items. The course consists of three elements: Technical Graphics 1, Technical Graphics 2 and Computer Graphics. Additionally, 30% of the course award is based on the production of a graphic portfolio of work. The course encourages appreciation of the role of information technology within Graphic Communication and the world today. It offers learners the opportunity to develop analytical thinking and creativity, and develops core aspects of technological capability.
• Higher Graphic Communication – Communication in all its forms is vital to society. Graphic Communication is a means of passing on information graphically and is used, in various forms, in many aspects of life including education, industry and commerce. This course is designed to make you aware of the use of graphics and to learn about the techniques used to create them.A qualification in Graphic Communication develops knowledge and practical application of sketching and drawing everyday items.

The course consists of three elements:

Technical Graphics 1, Technical Graphics 2and Computer Graphics. Additionally, 30% of the course award is based on the production of a graphic portfolio of work. The course encourages appreciation of the role of information technology within Graphic Communication and the world today. It offers learners the opportunity to develop analytical thinking and creativity, and develops core aspects of technological capability.

S5/S6 Woodwork
Woodworking Skills (Intermediate 2)
This course contributes to the knowledge, understanding and practical experience of candidates whose aspirations and abilities are towards practical work, or who are considering a career in an industry which involves practical activity in any capacity. Candidates may wish to extend skills developed in Standard Grade Craft and Design. They may wish to progress to education or training in practical areas through studies and practice focused on practical aspects of such work.
Candidates who are pursuing studies in other fields, but who sampled the workshop environment in early secondary education, may wish to come back to gain experience and skills which may be useful and worthwhile in general education and adult life. The course is of a practical nature, workshop-based and provides many skills which are appropriate to a wide range of applications. The course will develop skills in marking-out, cutting, shaping and finishing materials, as well as adjusting and maintaining a range of hand tools. Apart from giving an insight into industrial practice and standards, such studies help with the development of self-confidence, manual dexterity and control, perseverance, maturity and spatial awareness.

Staff:

  • Mr J Timmons – Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs J Hamilton – Science
  • Mr P. Leitch- Science
  • Mrs L. McConachie- Science
  • Ms J. Young – Science
  • Miss L Craig – Science
  • Mrs C. Powell – Science
  • Mr N Watson- Design Technology
  • Miss E McShane- Design Technology
  • Mr I. Addie (Technician)

Supported Study

Higher Biology Supported Study Monday 1.30pm, Tuesday 3.35pm

National 5 Biology supported study Thursday 3.35pm

Higher Physics Supported Study Wednesday 3.35pm

National 4/5 Physics Wednesday lunchtime 1.30pm

Higher Chemistry Wednesday lunchtime 1.30pm

National 5 Chemistry Wednesday lunchtime 1.30pm


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