Science

BAScienceIntroduction to the Science Faculty

In S1 and S2 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. The information gathered from the tests and assignments is used to monitor and track pupils progress and set targets to ensure development.

S3-6 pupils can select a discrete science subject, and many select two. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are available from National 3 through to Higher and Chemistry is also available to Advanced 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 and S2. Science is taught in purpose built laboratories which are all equipped with ICT and the department has 20 IPads available for research in the class.

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 Bellshill Academy.

Staff

Biology Staff

Elaine Kelly and Greg Linning

Chemistry Staff                                                                                                             

Barry Mc Bride (Faculty Head), Rhian Lafferty and Lauren Bell

Physics Staff

Derek Smith

Senior Technician

Eddie McKenna

Course Information

Higher and Nationals in a Nutshell are clear, concise guides which help parents and learners to understand the new qualifications and summarise the key skills learners can expect to gain.

www.npfs.org.uk/nationals-in-a-nutshell/

www.npfs.org.uk/highers-in-a-nutshell/

The following links provide detailed information and documents from the SQA relating to the courses offered in the senior phase.

Biology

National 4 Biology                                              www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47422.html

National 5 Biology                                              www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47427.html

Higher Biology                                                    www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39306.html

Chemistry

National 4 Chemistry                                         www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47423.html

National 5 Chemistry                                         www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47428.html

CfE Higher Chemistry                                         www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47913.html

Advanced Higher Chemistry                              www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39860.html

Physics

National 4 Physics                                              www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47425.html

National 5 Physics                                              www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47430.html

CfE Higher Physics                                              www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47916.html

Supported Study

The faculty offers a range of supported study opportunities. Please speak to any member of the Science team for more information.

Homework

The Science Department recognises the importance of homework as a key part of the curriculum from S1 to S6. In line with whole school policy, the department sees homework as important to:

  • Encourage pupils to become more independent learners
  • Enable them to achieve their full potential in Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Some of the many benefits include:

  • The development of good study habits
  • The reinforcement of class work and consolidation of learning
  • To encourage pupils to access resources out with school
  • The involvement of parents in pupils’ work at home. 

The Science Department expects pupils to reflect and review their work at home each day to reinforce the class work, consolidate their learning and identify areas that require further help by the class teacher.

The frequency of homework varies across the year groups

  • Pupils in S1 and S2 are issued homework on average once a week.
  • Pupils in S3 and S4 have homework after every lesson by transferring and personalising the notes from the ‘rough notes’ jotter into their ‘note books’ after every lesson. The ‘note books’ will be checked by their teacher once a week.

They are also issued with weekly homework that involves answering exam type questions to prepare them for class tests, prelims and ultimately the exam itself.

  • Pupils in S5 and S6 have home work after every lesson by transferring and personalising the notes from the ‘rough notes’ jotter into their ‘note books’ after every lesson. The ‘note books’ will be checked by their teacher once a week.

They are also issued with weekly homework that involves answering exam type questions to prepare them for class tests, prelims and ultimately the exam itself.

In addition studying notes, homework exercises to consolidate knowledge, preparing for assessments, practice in Problem Solving, accessing websites such as evans2chemweb, and using revision materials on GLOW are all strongly recommended

Homework is marked in a number of ways:

  • peer group marking led by the teacher
  • self-evaluation against criteria identified by the teacher
  • teacher marking

When homework is marked by the teacher, it will be returned as quickly as possible and include comments to help pupils improve their performance. A combination of comments and/or numerical marks are used to indicate homework success.

Homework attainment is recorded by the class teacher and communicated to parents formally through parents meetings, interim and full reports.

Failure to submit homework results in a homework demerit being issued by the class teacher. Repeated failure to submit homework results in contact with the pupil’s Guidance Teacher to discuss possible ways of helping the pupil improve in this area, this may include monitoring by the Principal Teacher and a letter being sent home to parents.

Parents can help with homework by first checking that pupils have made a good attempt at the task set for the date due. In addition, Parents can help directly with some homework, irrespectively of whether they have any previous knowledge of the science subjects, by for example, asking pupils to recall or explain information contained in their notes or by quizzing them on their knowledge of science facts using the Learning Outcome sheets for each topic which detail what pupils need to know for assessment purposes.