Junior Curriculum

Index

Introduction

The Junior Phase: a broad & general education

Assessment in the Junior Phase (S1 – S3)

S2 Options booklet 2016

Assessment in the Senior Phase (S4 –S6)YC

Customising your Curriculum

Help Choosing your Subjects

Important Meeting

The Final Form

Equal Opportunities

Customisation Grid

Courses & Subjects Information

English

Maths

Modern Languages

Social & Environmental Studies

Scientific Studies & Applications

Physical Education Studies

Expressive Arts

Business, Admin & ICT

Technical

Home Economics

Skills for Work Courses

Customisation Card

Intro

Introduction

This booklet has been designed to offer advice to pupils and parents who are faced with the important decision of customising learning in Third Year at Bellshill Academy.

In the Junior Phase, pupils are entitled to a broad and general education so they are given the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects. From P1 to S2 pupils had the occasion to explore a variety of subjects and engage in a number of wider achievement activities. As they move to S3 pupils continue to study a broad and general education but are now offered the chance to customise their learning further in readiness for the Senior Phase. In the Senior Phase they specialise in their chosen subject areas so that they may be presented for qualifications within the new National Courses

This booklet contains information about the subjects your child may take in Third Year; the S3 parent / teacher consultation meeting and details of the forms which have to be completed.

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Junior Phase: a broad & general education

S1: Broad and General Education ‘Transition Phase

Pupils are supported through their transition from P7 to S1. Pupils experience a broad and general education.

S2: Broad and General Education ‘Refining Skills’

Pupils continue to experience a broad and general education.

S3: Broad and General Education ‘Customisation’

Pupils customise their curriculum in preparation for increasing specialisation in the Senior Phase. Pupils complete a transition programme to support their move to the Senior Phase.

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Assessment in the Junior Phase (S1 – S3)

Throughout the S1-S3 Junior Phase, pupils study Level 3 and Level 4 of a Curriculum for Excellence and are continually assessed by their teachers and by themselves through a range of internal, departmental assessment procedures. Pupil progress is reported to parents through a Parental Report and Parents’ Meeting.

Throughout their learning, pupils complete an E-portfolio which is a written and visual record of their attainment and achievements. By the end of S3 every pupil will have completed their own S3 Profile and staff will have gathered a record of their progress.

Pupils begin to prepare for National 3, National 4 or National 5 qualifications at the point when teachers feel it is appropriate; however, no pupil is presented for these qualifications until the Senior Phase in S4.

As they move towards the Senior Phase, all S3 pupils complete a transition programme, during which time, they receive support needed to complete the S3 Profile and specialise in their chosen curricular areas.

ASP

Assessment in the Senior Phase (S4 –S6)

Based on progress in S3, pupils are presented for Qualifications at the appropriate level.

Qualifications:

  • National 3: Internally Assessed
  • National 4: Internally Assessed
  • National 5: Externally Assessed

Added Value: Each subject at National 4 and National 5 has an Added Value unit which is assessed internally at National 4 and externally at National 5

  • Revised Higher
  • Revised Advanced Higher

Curriculum for Excellence allows scope for teachers to match the pupils’ progress to the qualification which suits them best. There is the flexibility within the curriculum to allow pupils to ‘fall back’ or ‘step up’ to another level should they need to and there will be opportunity for some pupils to experience awards for ‘Wider Achievement’. This will help pupils to get the most out of their education and achieve their true potential.

*More information about assessment in the Senior Phase will be provided before your child moves to S4.

Customising your Curriculum

The subjects are listed on the Customisation Grid (page 7). The choice, however, is not entirely a free one – there are certain guidelines which must be followed in line with the aims of Curriculum for Excellence.

It is important that pupils choose a diversity of subjects to ensure that any future career choice is not restricted. The subject areas we offer in Bellshill Academy are:

  • English
  • Mathematical Studies
  • Modern Languages: French and modern languages for life and work
  • Social and Environmental Studies: History, Modern Studies, Geography, RE, Connect Social Subjects
  • Scientific Studies and Applications: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Connect Science
  • Physical Education
  • Expressive Arts: Art, Music

PRACTICAL SUBJECTS

  • Business, Administration & ICT
  • Technical
  • Home Economics

SKILLS FOR WORK COURSES

  • Enterprise & Employability
  • XL

In December, pupils can specialise in some of their practical subject areas. For example:

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*In the Senior Phase, pupils will have the option to study Vocational Subjects and will undertake Work Experience.

Help 

Help Choosing your Subjects

  1. The subject teachers who have been teaching your child over the past year know your child’s abilities. You will have the opportunity to consult them at the Parents’ Evening.
  2. Pupil Support teachers can give an overall picture of your child’s progress. You may consult them at the Parents’ Evening and also obtain specialist advice from them.
  3. Senior staff in the school – the Head Teacher, and the four Depute Heads – can also offer advice and help. Consult them too.

The final decision, however, rests with parents and pupils.

Various factors must be considered in choosing the right subject e.g. future employment or further education; present performance in the subject; likes and dislikes of certain subjects.

Sometimes, however, a child must choose a certain subject, even although he or she may not particularly like it, since the subject may have important career implications.

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Important Meeting

This meeting has been arranged at Bellshill Academy for all parents of Second Year pupils. Its purpose is to provide you with as much information as possible about Third Year courses and also give you the opportunity to discuss with individual teachers any matters about courses or about your child’s particular needs.

It takes the form of a consultation evening when you will have the opportunity of meeting your child’s teachers individually to discuss with them your child’s progress and prospects. Your child will be issued with an appointment sheet in advance of this meeting on which you can arrange appointments with named teachers.

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The Final Form: Customisation Card

This form is most important. It is the last page of the booklet. It must be completed and returned to your child’s Pupil Support teacher by FRIDAY 13TH MARCH 2015 at the very latest with your final choice of subjects entered. Your child has been given advice on this beforehand and practised filling out the form.

Every effort will be made to give pupils their first choice of subject; however, some pupils may have to be offered an alternative subject if numbers in a particular group exceed the availability of staff and / or accommodation, or if numbers in any group are very small.

EO

Equal Opportunities

Bellshill Academy is committed to offering equality of opportunity to all pupils irrespective of sex, race or creed. There is no restriction on choice of courses, other than the pupil’s ability to cope with the subject / course or availability of staff or accommodation.

We hope that our pupils make an absolutely free choice. What we all want – pupils, parents and teachers – is for each child to have an interesting and rewarding career in which he or she is valued as an individual.

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Customisation Grid: S2 – S3 

Pupils MUST NOT choose the same subject twice

options table

The school reserved the right not to run any course which fails to attract sufficient pupils or for any other reason to make a viable section.

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Courses & Subjects Information 

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ENGLISH

Introduction

The Literacy and English framework promotes the development of critical and creative thinking as well as competence in listening and talking, reading, writing and the personal, interpersonal and team-working skills which are so important in life and in the world of work. The course aims to develop literacy, including critical literacy, creativity, and knowledge and appreciation of literature and culture.

The Course

Students will study a breadth of literature, including poetry, drama, prose and possibly media, and are required to write in a variety of forms. This will give them the opportunity to produce pieces of creative, personal and discursive writing as well as learning how to write critically about texts. Talk also forms an important part of the course and students will develop discussion skills by working in groups as well as preparing for and delivering a solo talk to an audience.

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications


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MATHEMATICS

Introduction

This subject aims to teach pupils to learn how to describe, tackle and solve problems which require the use of mathematical knowledge and techniques.

The Course

Students are encouraged to see mathematics as arising out of problem solving, often in the real world. Emphasis is placed on the skills of checking and estimating and on the importance of appreciating the accuracy of a measurement or calculation. A practical and investigative approach is promoted wherever appropriate. Both calculator and mental calculation skills are essential components of this subject. Mathematics courses are designed to ensure all pupils progress no matter their level of ability. Pupils are allocated a specific course based entirely on their level of ability demonstrated throughout first and second year.

Assessment

The courses the mathematics department offer in third year are designed to best prepare our pupils for the levels they will be presented in fourth year:

  • National 5 NQ Award
  • National 4 NQ Award
  • Lifeskills National 3 NQ Award
  • National 5 is assessed both internally and externally in fourth year.
  • National 4 is assessed internally and has an optional final internal assessment at the end of fourth year.
  • Lifeskills National 3 is assessed internally and does not have a final exam in fourth year.

The broad skills which are developed in these courses include:

  • Mathematical Expressions and Formulae
  • Mathematical Relationships
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Numeracy


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MODERN LANGUAGES

FRENCH

The Course

The course aims to develop language skills which will enable pupils to cope confidently with the language in real-life situations. Emphasis is placed on those language skills most likely to be useful to pupils in two main areas: understanding language and expressing language. The four elements of the courses are therefore the practical skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. The foreign language is used as much as possible as the language of communication in the classroom.

Activities designed to develop the skill of speaking include face-to-face conversation, group discussions and role playing. Whenever possible, the language items used to develop the skills of listening and reading are taken from authentic sources (e.g. books, magazines, newspapers and radio or television programmes) and selected to stimulate the pupils’ interest. As an integral part of the course pupils will study a film in French.

Assessment and Certification

Pupils will be presented for the new National Qualifications. The assessment arrangements give pupils the opportunity to show what they can do, whatever their level of ability. All pupils are assessed on their performance in the four main elements. There will be a mixture of internal and external assessment dependent on the award pupils are aiming for.

MODERN LANGAUGES FOR LIFE AND WORK

The Modern Languages Department will offer Modern Languages for Life and Work this year. This will be aimed at supporting pupils who have found French more challenging in S1 and S2. We will aim to cover two modern languages through this course but will focus on language specific to real life situations. Pupils who study this subject will be supported to:

  • develop listening and talking skills in one or two modern languages in the contexts of life and work,
  • develop basic knowledge of one or two modern languages in the contexts of life and work,
  • develop employability skills.

Pupils will work through 3 Units:

1) Modern Languages for Work Purposes Unit

Pupils will develop basic skills in talking and listening so that they can communicate in any vocational context. They will be able to reflect on what skills are required to help them become employed. All language used will be based around real situations.

2) Building Own Employability Skills Unit

Pupils will be provided with the opportunity to acquire the skills needed in order to gain employment. These skills include finding out about job opportunities and employers, and the skills needed to apply for a job.

3) Modern Languages for Life Unit

Pupils will learn basic skills in listening and talking in practical and relevant contexts using the language studied. They will explore the culture and everyday life in countries where the modern language is used.

Pupils will be able to progress in this subject, with also the ability to go from this award to studying a foreign language later on in the school career.

*Please note the Pupil Support Department will advise you if this course is suitable for your child.

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SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

*All pupils must choose one Social Subject. However, some pupils may want to choose two. Please note, the Pupil Support Department will advise you if this option is suitable for your child.

HISTORY

The Humanities Faculty will offer History which uses a variety of teaching methodologies including individual work; group work and co-operative learning activities. Learners will enjoy writing; making; saying and doing a variety of historical tasks using primary and secondary sources. A variety of visual resources are also used including DVDs, Computers and the interactive Smart Board.

The course consists of:

  • Scottish History. Investigate the importance and lasting impact of migration and empire 1830-1939.
  • British History. Investigate the importance and lasting relevance of the First World War 1914-1918.
  • European History. Investigate the problems in Germany which led to ordinary people voting for Adolf Hitler and the devastating consequences for this country and its people.

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications

National 4

  • An internal assessment for each unit.
  • Learners will also complete an Assignment which will be chosen from one of the units of work
  • There is no external examination at this level
  • On completion of History at National 4, learners may progress to National 5.

National 5

  • Assessment at National 5 History will be a combination of both internal and external procedures. To gain the course award, learners must pass all unit assessments as well as the course assessment.
  • Learners will complete an internal assessment for each unit
  • Learners will also complete an Assignment which is worth 25% of the final grade. This will be a research topic chosen by the learner from one of the three units
  • Learners will also sit a question paper in a final examination. This will be worth 75% of the final grade.
  • A grade of A-D will be allocated on the basis of the Assignment and final Examination.
  • On completion of National 5, learners may progress on to Higher History.
  • At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications.

Pupils may choose History and Geography, RMPS or Modern Studies.

 

 

MODERN STUDIES

Modern Studies is the social, political and economic study of local, national and international issues. Modern Studies aims to develop skills and understanding in pupils to help them to interpret and participate in the social and political issues they will meet in their adult lives. The Humanities Faculty will offer Modern Studies which uses a variety of teaching methodologies such as individual work, group work and cooperative learning activities. Learners use a range of sources to study various aspects of Modern Studies. Learners will use a range of sources to study various aspects of contemporary society. A variety of visual resources are also used including DVDs computes and the interactive Smart Board.

The course consists of:

  • Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom. Learners will investigate the main features of the United Kingdom’s political systems and institutions and Scotland’s place within them. They will examine the role of UK citizens in the political systems
  • Social Issues: Learners will investigate an aspect of social inequality or crime and the law. They will identify the consequences of social inequality for society or the impact of crime on society.
  • International Issues: Learners will use a range of sources to investigate a major world power or a significant international issue

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications

National 4

  • An internal assessment for each unit.
  • Learners will also complete an Assignment which will be chosen from one of the units of work
  • There is no external examination at this level
  • On completion of Modern Studies at National 4, learners may progress to National 5.

National 5

  • Assessment at National 5 Modern Studies will be a combination of both internal and external procedures. To gain the course award, learners must pass all unit assessments as well as the course assessment.
  • Learners will complete an internal assessment for each unit
  • Learners will also complete an Assignment which is worth 25% of the final grade. This will be a research topic chosen by the learner from one of the three units
  • Learners will also sit a question paper in a final examination. This will be worth 75% of the final grade. A grade of A-D will be allocated on the basis of the Assignment and final Examination.

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications.

Pupils may choose Modern Studies and History.


 

GEOGRAPHY

The Humanities Faculty will offer Geography which uses a variety of teaching methodologies such as individual work, group work and cooperative learning activities. Learners use a range of sources to study various aspects of Geography. A variety of visual resources are also used including DVDs, computers and the interactive Smart Board.

The course consists of:

  • Physical Environments. Learners will investigate a variety of physical environments including the weather; landscapes and land use.
  • Human Environments. Learners will investigate various aspects including birth and death rates; cities and farming.
  • Global Issues: Learners will use a range of sources to investigate 2 major issues. For example, Climate change; Environmental Hazards; Tourism or Health

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications

National 4

  • An internal assessment for each unit.
  • Learners will also complete an Assignment which will be chosen from one of the units of work
  • There is no external examination at this level
  • On completion of Geography at National 4, learners may progress to National 5.

National 5

  • Assessment at National 5 Geography will be a combination of both internal and external procedures. To gain the course award, learners must pass all unit assessments as well as the course assessment.
  • Learners will complete an internal assessment for each unit
  • Learners will also complete an Assignment which is worth 25% of the final grade. This will be a research topic chosen by the learner from one of the three units
  • Learners will also sit a question paper in a final examination. This will be worth 75% of the final grade. A grade of A-D will be allocated on the basis of the Assignment and final Examination.
  • On completion of National 5, learners may progress on to Higher Geography.
  • At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications.

Pupils may choose Geography and History.

RELIGIOUS, MORAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES

This course involves study of religion in its widest sense. It explores questions such as:

“Does life have meaning?”, “Does life have purpose?” and “Does life have value?”

It considers answers given by some of the major religions of the world. It encourages pupils to reflect on the personal relevance of these questions and answers.

The course consists of:

World Religion

In this Unit, learners will develop techniques to interpret and understand the context of key texts and sources drawn from the world religion selected for study. They will study one religion from a choice of the six major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism). The Unit will develop knowledge and understanding of some of the religion’s beliefs. It will involve study of some of the values, practices and traditions of the religion selected for study.

Morality and Belief

In this Unit, learners will develop techniques to enquire into, evaluate and present reasoned views about religious and non-religious responses to moral issues. They will develop knowledge and understanding of at least one contemporary moral issue from a choice. Religious and non-religious viewpoints will be explored. Religious viewpoints studied must be from the six major world religions.

Contemporary Religious Debates

In this Unit, learners will develop techniques to describe and analyse at least one significant religious belief from a choice, and responses to this belief from science or philosophy. They will develop knowledge and understanding of the area. The range of contexts for study will be flexible to allow for personalisation and choice.

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications. Pupils may choose RMPS and History.

CONNECT SOCIAL SUBJECTS

This course allows pupils to continue to study Social Subjects. Pupils cover topics from History, Geography and Modern Studies.

In S4, pupils who have studied Connect Social Subjects will have the opportunity to study People and Society at National 3 or National 4.

*Please note the Pupil Support Department will advise you if this course is suitable for your child.

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SCIENTIFIC STUDIES & APPLICATIONS

*All pupils must choose one Science subject. However, some pupils may want to choose two. Please note, the Pupil Support Department will advise you if this option is suitable for your child.

BIOLOGY

Biology affects everyone and aims to find solutions to many of the world’s problems. Biology – the study of life – plays a crucial role in our everyday lives and is an increasingly important subject in the modern world. Advances in technologies have made this varied subject more exciting and relevant than ever. Biology is vital to everyday life and allows us to understand and shape the world in which we live and influence its future. As the importance and application of biology continues to grow and develop more trained biologists will be required.

The concepts covered are:

  • Biodiversity and Interdependence – sampling and identifying living things, adapting to survive, photosynthesis and respiration.
  • Biological Systems – structure and function of organs in humans and other organisms, technology to monitor health, behaviour of organisms linked to their survival, use of microorganisms in industry, body’s defence against disease.
  • Inheritance – growth and development of different organisms, DNA, DNA profiling, reproduction and survival of the species, genetic inheritance.

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications which build on concepts taught in lower school and provide a basis for further study in the Senior Phase.

Pupils may choose Biology and Chemistry.

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you! It’s in the food you eat, clothes you wear, water you drink, medicines, air, cleaners… you name it. Chemistry sometimes is called the “central science” because it connects other sciences to each other, such as biology, physics, and environmental science.

National 4

The Course develops learners’ interest in, and enthusiasm for, chemistry through a variety of contexts relevant to chemistry’s impact on society, namely: utilising nature’s resources, chemical analysis, and the development of new and novel applications. It offers a broad, versatile and adaptable skill set which is valued in the work place and forms the basis for progress onto Chemistry (National 5) while also providing a knowledge base which is useful for the study of all of the sciences.

National 5

By completing this Course, learners will develop important and relevant skills, attitudes and attributes related to chemistry, including: developing scientific and analytical thinking skills in a chemistry context; developing an understanding of chemistry’s role in scientific issues; acquiring and applying knowledge and understanding of chemistry concepts; developing understanding of how chemical products are formed; and developing understanding of relevant applications of chemistry in society.

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications.

Pupils may choose Chemistry and Biology or Physics.

PHYSICS

Physics is the study of matter, energy, space and time, without which there would be nothing in existence to react or thrive or live or die. The entire universe is built upon of the principles revealed by a study of physics.

National 4

The Course gives learners an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe. From the sources of the power we use, to the exploration of space, it covers a range of applications of the relationships that have been discovered through experiment and calculation, including those used in modern technology. Advances in physics mean that our view of what is possible is continually being updated. This Course allows learners to understand the processes behind scientific advances, and to appreciate and contribute to topical scientific debate.

National 5

By completing this Course, learners will develop important and relevant skills, attitudes and attributes related to physics, including: scientific and analytical thinking skills in a physics context; an understanding of the role of physics in scientific issues; the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of concepts in physics; and an understanding of relevant applications of physics in society.

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications.

Pupils may choose Physics and Chemistry.

CONNECT SCIENCE

This course allows pupils to continue to study Science. Pupils cover topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

In S4, pupils who have studied Connect Science will have the opportunity to study Science at National 3 or National 4.

*Please note the Pupil Support Department will advise you if this course is suitable for your child.


 

PE

PHYSICAL EDUCATION STUDIES

PE Course

The course will offer students the opportunity to study Physical Education at a challenging level. Students choosing to study P.E. must enjoy sport and agree to take part in the full range of course activities. They must be reasonably fit and enthusiastic to learn. Leavers with qualifications in P.E. could consider careers in Teaching, Fitness Instruction, Life-guarding, the Police, the Fire Service, or Armed Forces. These career paths all require good physical fitness.

The activities covered in the course may include:

  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Trampoline
  • Basketball
  • Fitness

Other activities may be included depending on facilities and resources.

Practical Coursework and Assessment, (Performance)

Students will be expected to work towards improving their performance in all the activities covered

The above activities will be assessed continuously throughout the course, and a final grade will be awarded by the P.E. staff. Standards will most likely be checked externally through moderation exercises.

Theory Coursework and assessment, (Factors Impacting on Performance)

While the course will have performance as its prime focus students will also study a range of

factors which affect performance. This will be assessed continuously and evidence gathered and collected in a folio.

Course Format

Pupils will complete 3 periods of work which will be a mix of practical and theory work. Time will be spent in classroom work, and homework tasks will form a regular part of the course.

S4 COURSE

This course offers students the opportunity to continue their study of P.E. with an increased level of challenge and application.

The activities covered in this course may include:

Volleyball Badminton Basketball

Practical Coursework and Assessment, (Performance)

Students will be expected to work towards improving their performance in all the activities covered at an increased level of challenge.

The above activities will be assessed continuously throughout the course, and a final grade will be awarded by the P.E. staff, based on a single performance in one activity. This will count as 60% of their final mark. Grading will most likely be checked externally through moderation exercises.

Theory Coursework and assessment, (Factors Impacting on Performance)

While the course will have performance as its prime focus students will also study a range of factors which affect performance. This will be assessed continuously and evidence gathered and collected in a folio. This will be assessed by P.E. staff and will count as 40% of their final mark. Grading will most likely be checked externally through moderation exercises.

Course Format

Pupils will complete 3 periods of work which will be a mix of practical and theory work. Time will be spent in classroom work, and homework tasks will form a regular part of the course.

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications


 

NATIONAL 5 DANCE

S3 Option Dance

Pupils who choose Dance in S3 will be taken through technical skills in both Jazz and Contemporary. They will also begin to develop their choreography skills building on their self-confidence and creativity. This will prepare them for continuing with the N5 course in S4.

S4 Option Dance

This course is designed for pupils who can respond to the challenge of studying dance. It is recommended that pupils have some previous experience in dance however not compulsory. The course will cover Performance Technical Skills and Choreography which will develop Investigative, creative and analysis skills.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course is split into 2 units:

  • Technical Skills
  • Choreography

Within the Technical Skills unit there are 2 outcomes;

  • Outcome 1: Contemporary
  • Outcome 2: Jazz.

 

ASSESSMENT

Technical skills

Pupils will deliver a solo performance in either Jazz or Contemporary to an external assessor. This unit will count as 35% of the overall mark for the course.

Pupils will also study a famous choreographer and analyse one of their pieces of work. This will be recorded in a workbook.

Choreography

This unit requires the pupil to prepare, teach and evaluate a two person choreography performance. This unit will also be assessed in front of an external assessor and will count for 65% of the overall mark. A written paper is also required.

  • Choreography 35%
  • Choreography Review 30%

HOMEWORK

Regular homework will be issued and will form a vital part of the course.

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EXPRESSIVE ARTS

ART & DESIGN

Introduction

Art and Design is a practical and experiential subject. The two main areas of study are, Art and Design: Expressive and Art and Design: Design which integrate knowledge of art and design practice with practical activities. This approach will help learners use their developing understanding of artists’ and designers’ work and practice to inform and influence the development of their own creative ideas. The Course allows learners to develop their individual creativity and personal self-expression.

The Course

The Art and Design Course in S3 is designed to help learners develop their knowledge of art and design practice developed during S1 and S2 and to integrate and apply this understanding in a variety of practical learning activities. In this Course, learners will develop their imaginative ideas in both expressive and design contexts. They will use a range of art and design media, materials, techniques and/or technologies experimentally for creative effect with confidence and assurance when developing their own ideas and creative work. In the Course, learners will be able to exercise imagination and creativity as they communicate their thoughts, feelings and ideas through the work they produce and by reflecting on the work of other artists and designers.

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications.


 

MUSIC

Introduction

In recent years exciting changes in music technology have taken place in Scottish schools. Now along with traditional activities of singing and listening to music, you will find classes playing arrangements of chart music, film music and music from all around the world using drumkits, electric guitars and keyboards. Pupils also use computer software to compose as well as the internet and ipads for research. Participation in musical activities provides an excellent opportunity to engage in the four capacities of A Curriculum for Excellence.

The Music Curriculum aims to enrich the lives of pupils of all levels of ability through practical involvement, developing the skills and insights which are part of the full enjoyment of music. Participation in musical activity is now known to enhance overall learning potential and raises self-esteem and self-confidence.

The Course

The course consists of 3 units

Performing

Pupils will perform on two instruments or one instrument and voice. Instruments will be learned in class or where possible at instrumental lessons with our valued instrumental staff. Pupils are expected to practise regularly at home or in school.

Composing

Pupils will develop their creative skills by learning about common approaches to composition. They will be given an opportunity to produce a folio of compositions using technology and composition software

Understanding Music

Pupils will be able to identify familiar musical signs and symbols and recognise music concepts and a wide variety of styles. Pupils are encouraged to use internet research facilities to aid their learning and understanding.

Assessment and Certification

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the new National Qualifications

National 4: An internal assessment for each unit; there is no external examination at this level

National 5: Pupils will complete internal assessments for all 3 units.

Pupils will sit an external practical exam on both instruments. This will be marked by an SQA visiting examiner. This part of the exam is worth 60% of the marks. Pupils will sit an external listening paper, worth 40% of the marks, which will be set and marked by SQA.

ICT

BUSINESS AND CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

In December, pupils can specialise in some of their practical subject areas. For example:

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BUSINESS, ADMINISTRATION & ICT

 

Why Choose Business, Administration and ICT?

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes the confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. Choosing Business, Administration and ICT as an option will allow your child the opportunity to develop not only skills for life but also skills for learning and work.  Business, Administration and ICT will provide your child with a good basis for whatever career path they may choose whether it be College, University or straight into the workplace.

PUPILS UNDERTAKING BUSINESS, ADMINISTRATION AND ICT CAN SPECIALISE IN THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS IN DECEMBER IN PREPARTION FOR THE SENIOR PHASE. PUPILS WILL RECEIVE SUPPORT TO DO THIS. A GENERIC COURSE WILL BE RUN UNTIL DECEMBER WHICH WILL GIVE YOUR CHILD A TASTER OF THE 3 SUBJECTS AVAILABLE.

ADMINISTRATION AND IT

The Administration and IT course will allow pupils to further develop the ICT skills they learned during S1 and S2. It will also help pupils to develop their knowledge of the Administrative function in an organisation. Pupils will develop a range of both generic and subject-specific skills, including the ability to competently use the following Microsoft Office applications: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing and presentation. Also pupils will develop skills in using technology for electronic communication and investigation.

The Course makes an important contribution to general education through developing a range of essential skills which will stand pupils in good stead regardless of the career path they ultimately choose. Its contribution to vocational education is just as significant, as it opens up progression to a range of careers. The Course also supports the wider curriculum through its emphasis on IT. Pupils who have completed the Course will be able to utilise the acquired administration- and IT-related knowledge, understanding and skills at home, at college or university, in the wider community and, ultimately, in employment.

The course consists of 3 units:

  • Administrative Practices
  • IT Solutions for Administrators
  • Communication in Administration

Administrative Practices

The purpose of this Unit is to give pupils an introduction to administration within organisations. This Unit will also enable learners to apply this understanding to carrying out a range of administrative tasks, with the emphasis on those involved in organising and supporting small-scale events.

IT Solutions for Administrators

The purpose of this Unit is to develop pupils’ basic skills in IT and organising and processing information in familiar administration-related contexts.

Communication in Administration

The purpose of this Unit is to enable pupils to use IT for gathering and sharing information with others. Pupils will develop an understanding of what constitutes a reliable source of information and an ability to use appropriate methods for gathering information.

Assessment

At the end of S4 pupils will be presented for a National Qualification at either at National 4 or National 5 level.

 

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

 

The purpose of the Course is to develop the pupils’ understanding of the way in which businesses operate in the current dynamic, changing, competitive and economic environments, and to encourage entrepreneurial attitudes. The course allows pupils to develop a deeper understanding of the 4 functional areas of a business; Marketing, Operations, Finance and Human Resources.

The Course is practical and experiential in nature and provides opportunities to acquire and develop the attributes and capabilities of the four capacities as well as skills for learning, life and work. These include: essential employability skills and attributes including flexibility, adaptability, independence, reliability, working with others, numeracy and the effective use of ICT within a business context.

By developing many transferable skills, the Course prepares pupils for everyday life, the world of work, or further study of business. It deepens understanding of business, develops an understanding of the relationship between a business and its customers, and highlights a range of business-based career opportunities that are available within all business sectors.

The course consists of 3 units:

  • Understanding Business
  • Management of Marketing and Operations
  • Management of People and Finance

Understanding Business

This Unit develop the pupils’ understanding of the business environment. The Unit will develop skills, knowledge and understanding by carrying out activities relating to the role of business organisations and entrepreneurship in society. It introduces pupils to the main roles, activities and functions associated with businesses and other organisations. The Unit will allow pupils to explore issues relating to the external environment in which organisations operate and the effect this can have on organisational activity.

 

Management of Marketing and Operations

The aim of this Unit is to develop the pupils’ understanding of the management of marketing and operations for small and medium sized businesses. The Unit will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to make decisions about how to manage these activities effectively. In doing so, the Unit is designed to enhance the employability of learners by enabling them to carry out activities that will contribute to organisational success.

Management of People and Finance

The general aim of this Unit is to develop the pupils’ understanding of the management of people and finance for small and medium sized businesses. Pupils will create and analyse financial documents such as profit and loss statements, breakeven charts and cash budgets. The Unit enables pupils to learn about the recruitment and selection procedures used by organisations, methods of training and employment legislation.

 

Assessment

At the end of S4 pupils will be presented for a National Qualification at either National 4 or National 5 level.

 

COMPUTING SCIENCE

This Course is designed for pupils who have a general interest in Computing, as well as those considering further study or a career in Computing such as Computer Games Development, Digital Media, Software Development or Multimedia.

The Course enables pupils to build their skills in the design and development of software and information systems. A range of skills will be developed through creating computer games and computer apps, Course activities also provide opportunities for pupils to enhance skills in planning and organising, working independently and in teams, critical thinking and decision making, research, communication and self-and peer-evaluation, in a range of contexts.

Through studying this course pupils will develop a range of transferable skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work, opening up a wide range of career and study opportunities.

The course consists of 2 units:

  • Software Design and Development
  • Information System Design and Development

Software Design and Development

Pupils will develop skills in problem solving and modelling through practical tasks such as creating computer games. Pupils will also explore the impact of emerging and innovative technologies on the environment and society.

Information System Design and Development

Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of information system hardware, security, databases, web-based information systems and multimedia information systems through a range of practical and investigative tasks.

Assessment

At the end of S4 pupils will be presented for a National Qualification at either National 4 or National 5 level.

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HOME ECONOMICS

 

FASHION AND TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY

 

The Fashion and Textile Technology qualifications provide practical and experiential opportunities to apply skills relevant to, and develop knowledge and understanding of, the fashion and textile industry. These Courses enable learners to develop an understanding of a range of factors that influence fashion choices made by individuals and society.

The course aims to provide the development of techniques and skills required for textile production, retail and the fashion industry. The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop:

•A range of practical skills and textile construction techniques to plan and make fashion/textile items.

•Knowledge and understanding of textile properties and characteristics.

•Understanding a range of factors that influence fashion/textile choices.

•The ability to set up, adjust and use relevant tools and equipment safely

•Investigation and evaluation skills.

Lessons will be of a practical nature building organisational techniques and complex sewing skills. You will have to complete a detailed plan, produce and evaluate fashion/textile items in depth. You will learn about textile characteristics and properties, factors that affect fashion choices.

The course has three mandatory Units:

•Textile Technologies

•Fashion/Textile Item Development

•Fashion and Textile Choices

Textile Technologies

Pupils will develop detailed knowledge and skills related to textile technologies. This includes the characteristics and properties of a range of textiles and their uses. Pupils will have the opportunity to make detailed fashion/textile items using a pattern and a range of textile construction techniques.

Fashion/Textile Item Development

Pupils will be given the opportunity to explore fashion/textile trends and the fashion/textile item development process. They will work with given briefs to develop solutions for detailed fashion/textile items based on those trends.

Fashion and Textile Choices

Pupils will have the opportunity to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of a range of factors affecting the fashion and textile choices of consumers. Pupils will investigate the fashion/textile choices of consumers and develop solutions for items to meet these choices. They will make and evaluate detailed fashion/textile items, with a focus on factors that affect fashion and textile choice.

Pupils must pass all of the required Units and the end of course assessment set by the SQA.

HOSPITALITY: PRACTICAL COOKERY

 

This course allows pupils to further develop the knowledge and practical skills acquired during S1 and S2. The fourth level course builds on third level experiences and outcomes of the health and wellbeing and technologies Curriculum for Excellence areas.

Practical Cookery is designed for pupils who are interested in food and cooking and who enjoy being creative with food.

The main purpose of the course is to develop pupils’ practical cookery skills and their knowledge and understanding of ingredients and to provide a set of skills for those who may wish to progress to professional hospitality courses.

The course aims to enable pupils to become familiar with a range of basic cookery skills, simple food preparation techniques and simple cookery processes, and to acquire an understanding of ingredients and their uses. It will also develop an awareness of the impact of the choice of ingredients on their health and well-being and enables pupils to follow simple recipes to produce simple dishes; to plan, produce and present simple meals appropriately whilst developing an understanding of and demonstrating the importance of food safety and hygiene.

Assessment

In S4, pupils will have the opportunity to sit the National course at National 4 or 5 level, which is comprised of 3 units:

  • Cookery Skills, Processes and Techniques
  • Understanding and Using Ingredients
  • Organisational Skills for Cooking

Cookery Skills, Techniques and Processes

Pupils will enhance their cookery skills, food preparation techniques and

their ability to follow cookery processes in the context of producing dishes. Pupils

will also develop an understanding of the importance of safety and hygiene and the

ability to follow safe and hygienic practices at all times.

Understanding and Using Ingredients

Pupils will enhance their knowledge and understanding of ingredients from

a variety of different sources and of their characteristics. Pupils will further develop the ability to select and use a range of appropriate ingredients in the preparation of dishes and to do so safely and hygienically.

Organisational Skills for Cooking (National 5)

Pupils will extend their planning, organisational and time management skills.

Pupils will develop the ability to follow recipes; to plan, produce and cost dishes and

meals; and to work safely and hygienically.

Pupils must pass all of the required Units and the end of course assessment set by the SQA.

 

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TECHNICAL

PUPILS UNDERTAKING TECHNICAL CAN SPECIALISE IN THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS IN DECEMBER IN PREPARTION FOR THE SENIOR PHASE. PUPILS WILL RECEIVE SUPPORT TO DO THIS.

DESIGN & MANUFACTURE

Introduction

The S3 Design and Manufacture course will allow learners to further develop their knowledge of Design and Manufacture developed during S1 and S2. Using ICT where appropriate, learners will gain skills in both 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 often exist between factors surrounding aesthetics, function, economics and the environment;
  • 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 — a ‘cradle-to-grave’ approach to design;
  • provides learners with opportunities to develop skills that are of general value for learning, life and work: the ability to read drawings and diagrams; the ability to articulate and communicate design ideas and practical details; the ability to devise and develop practical solutions to design problems, and the ability to manufacture their design ideas;
  • allows learners to engage with technologies. It allows them to consider the impact that design and manufacturing technologies have on our environment and society. It allows them to consider how technologies have impacted on the world of the designer and on manufacturing.

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications

GRAPHIC COMMUNICTION

The S3 Graphic Communication course will allow learners to further develop their knowledge of Graphic Communication developed during S1 and S2. Using ICT where appropriate, learners will develop skills in 2D Graphic Communication and 3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication

The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:

  • develop skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, materials and software
  • extend and apply knowledge and understanding of graphic communication standards and protocols, where these apply
  • develop an understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society

This Course will also give learners the opportunity to develop numeracy, health and wellbeing, skills in numeracy, employability, enterprise and citizenship, and thinking skills.

Assessment

At the end of S4, pupils will be presented for the New National Qualifications

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SKILLS FOR WORK COURSES

ENTERPRISE & EMPLOYABILITY

The Enterprise and Employability course consists of 4 outcomes which are all assessed internally.

  1. Plan and arrange enterprise activity with limited tutor support.
  2. Carry out tasks during enterprise activity
  3. Work co-operatively with others
  4. Review their contribution, through enterprise activity to own personal, social and vocational development

The course also will give pupils to work towards youth awards. Pupils will learn to develop confidence as well as forming a sense of ownership over their work and development. They will work together as a team to deliver enterprise and community projects, developing a culture of mutual respect and co-operation. Pupils will have the opportunity to work with professionals out with the school, such as ‘Reel-time’, as well as going on trips and visits to reinforce their learning.

Assessment

This is a stand-alone NQ subject which is internally assessed and externally moderated. Each outcome is assessed once an activity has been undertaken by the group. Pupils will work towards completing an award in Personal Development and the Bronze Youth Achievement Award.

*Please note the Pupil Support Department will advise you if this course is suitable for your child.

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Bellshill Academy: Customisation Card

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Name of Pupil __________________________________________________

Registration Class_______________________________________________

Column A            English

Column B            Maths

Column C     ______________________________________________________

Column D     ______________________________________________________

Column E             French or Modern Language for Life and Work

Column F     ______________________________________________________

Column G     ______________________________________________________

Column H     ______________________________________________________

Signature of Parent / Guardian

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This form must be completed, detached and returned to your child’s Pupil Support teacher not later than FRIDAY 13th March 2015.

Every effort will be made to give pupils their preferred subject; however, some pupils may have to be offered an alternative subject if numbers choosing a particular subject exceed the availability of staff or accommodation.  On the other hand, if the number of pupils choosing a subject fails to rise to the point where a separate viable class can be created, the school may decide not to run the class.  In all cases parents will be consulted.

DATA PROTECTION ACT

Information about pupils and their chosen subjects is stored in a computer system and may be used for teaching, assessment and other administrative purposes.  This information is protected by the Data Protection Act 1984.