Department of Lower School Science
Lower School Science, taught to Remove (P7) and Lower 4 (S1) students, builds on their studies in the Primary years. The students study in two well-equipped labs by teachers who also teach in Upper School; their details can be found in the departmental profiles for Chemistry, Physics and Biology. The curriculum continues to follow Curriculum for Excellence pedagogies, while ensuring students receive a good grounding in Physics, Chemistry and Biology to support their studies at GCSE.
Topics taught are:
Remove: An introduction to Science Skills, Forces, States of Matter, Solutions, Microscopes and Cells, Classification and Evolution.
Lower 4: Electricity, Periodic table and Chemical Reactions, Heat and Energy, Human Biology, Flowering Plants.
There is an emphasis on understanding the scientific method and building up of investigative skills in each topic. Students are also regularly encouraged to explore, through research projects and practical investigations, throughout the course. Lower 4 students also carry out a 2 week investigation which may be eligible for a British Association Bronze CREST award. More details can be found on the British Science Association website.
There is also a weekly Science club after school where students can investigate aspects of science outside the school curriculum and carry out problem solving activities.