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WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR VIEWS ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY

 

 

We are currently reviewing the school library service in our secondary schools and are keen to gather the views of students, staff and parents. We want to know what’s good about the current provision, as well as your suggestions for improvement. Even if you don’t use the library regularly we want to hear from you about what would encourage you to access it more.  The survey opens on Monday 15 April 2019 and closes on Sunday 5 May 2019 and can be accessed using the link below

 

 

https://scotborders.citizenspace.com/customer-communities/093ec7f8

Attached is a list of Study Support Sessions that are currently in place. 

Physics Senior Phase

S4 - S6

 

ADVANCED HIGHER PHYSICS

 

Course description

Rotational Motion and Astrophysics

This unit develops knowledge and understanding and skills in physics related to rotational motion and astrophysics. It provides opportunities to develop and apply concepts and principles in a wide variety of situations involving angular motion. An astronomical perspective is developed through a study of gravitation, leading to work on general relativity and stellar physics.

 

Quanta and Waves

This unit develops knowledge and understanding and skills in physics related to quanta and waves. It provides opportunities to develop and apply concepts and principles in a wide variety of situations involving quantum theory and waves. The Unit introduces non-classical physics and considers the origin and composition of cosmic radiation. Simple harmonic motion is introduced and work on wave theory is developed.

 

Electromagnetism

This unit develops knowledge and understanding and skills in physics related to electromagnetism. It provides opportunities to develop and apply concepts and principles in a wide variety of situations involving electromagnetism. The Unit develops knowledge and understanding of electric and magnetic fields and capacitors and inductors used in d.c. and a.c. circuits.

 

Investigating Physics

In this unit, learners will develop key investigative skills. The Unit offers opportunities for independent learning set within the context of experimental physics. Learners will identify, research, plan and carry out a physics investigation of their choice.

 

HIGHER

Course Description

 

Our Dynamic Universe

The general aim of each unit is to develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding of our dynamic universe. Learners will apply these skills when considering the applications of our dynamic universe on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment.

 

Particles and Waves

The general aim of this unit is to develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding of particles and waves. Learners will apply these skills when considering the applications of particles and waves on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment.

 

Electricity

The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding of electricity. Learners will apply these skills when considering the applications of electricity on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment.

 

Researching Physics

The general aim of this unit is to develop skills relevant to undertaking research in Physics. Learners will collect and synthesize information from different sources, plan and undertake a practical investigation, analyse results and communicate information related to their findings. They will also consider any applications of the physics involved and implications for society/ the environment.

 

NATIONAL 5 Physics

 

Course Description

 

The general aim of each unit is to develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding of waves and radiation. Learners will apply these skills when considering the applications of waves and radiation on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment. This can be done by using a variety of approaches, including investigation and problem solving.

 

Electricity and Energy

The unit covers the key areas of energy transfer, heat and the gas laws. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

Waves and Radiation

The unit covers the key areas of waves and nuclear radiation. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

Dynamics and Space

The unit covers the key areas of kinematics, forces and space. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

 

 

NATIONAL 3 / 4 Physics

 

Course Description

In each unit, learners develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding of electricity and energy. Learners will apply these skills when considering the applications of electricity and energy on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment. This can be done by using a variety of approaches, including investigation and problem solving.

 

Units

Electricity and Energy

The Unit covers the key areas of generation of electricity, electrical power, electromagnetism, practical electrical and electronic circuits, gas laws and the kinetic model. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

Waves and Radiation

The Unit covers the key areas wave characteristics, sound, electromagnetic spectrum and nuclear radiation. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

Dynamics and Space

The Unit covers the key areas of speed and acceleration, relationships between forces, motion and energy, satellites and cosmology. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

Physics - Useful Science Websites

 

SQA parent guide can be found on their website Nutshell series.

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

 

Flashcards

Tiny cards is an electronic version

https://tinycards.duolingo.com

SQA

For our senior school the most important website is the SQA for all information regarding course work, assessment and past papers /marking instructions.

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/70972.html

 

Scholar (Higher and Advanced Higher only)

Course material and short electronic assessments

https://scholar.hw.ac.uk

 

BBC Bitesize – Scotland

Provides information at a basic level for our courses north of the border. However, these is useful science to be accessed on the Bitesize GCSE sites, just be careful our Scottish content can be different.

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize

 

QUIZLET
Interactive revision of key terminology.

Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Start learning today with flashcards, games and learning tools

https://quizlet.com/en-gb

 

Plickers - formative assessment tool using QR codes that pupils have in their jotters

https://www.plickers.com/

 

Spiral.ac - pupils can collaborate on creating presentations to show to the class

https://spiral.ac/ 

 

Professor Dave youtube channel - youtube tutorials for national 5 and higher physics

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0cd_-e49hZpWLH3UIwoWRA

 

My world of work - career options linked to topics covered in class

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https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/  

CHEMISTRY Senior Phase

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S4 - S6

                                                            

ADVANCED HIGHER

 

Course Description

 

Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 

Learners will discover how electromagnetic radiation is used in atomic spectroscopy to identify elements. They will extend an understanding of the concept of atomic structure by considering atomic orbitals and electronic configuration related to the periodic table. Using electron pair theory, learners will predict the shape of molecules. Learners will gain an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of transition metals and their compounds. Learners will investigate the quantitative component of chemical equilibria. They will develop their understanding of the factors which influence the feasibility of chemical reactions. Learners will progress their understanding of reaction kinetics by exploring the order and mechanisms of chemical reaction.

 

Organic Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis

Learners will research the structure of organic compounds, including aromatics and amines, and draw on this to explain the physical and chemical properties of the compounds. They will consider the key organic reaction types and mechanisms, and link these to the synthesis of organic chemicals. Learners will discover the origin of colour in organic compounds and how elemental analysis and spectroscopic techniques are used to verify chemical structure. They will study the use of medicines in conjunction with the interactions of the drugs.

 

Researching Chemistry 

Learners will be given the opportunity to gain an understanding of stoichiometric calculations, to develop practical skills and to carry out research in chemistry. Learners will develop the key skills associated with a variety of different practical techniques, including the related calculations. Equipped with the knowledge of chemistry apparatus, techniques and an understanding of concepts, learners will identify, research, plan and safely carry out a chemistry practical investigation of their choice. The Unit will equip learners with the scientific background and skills necessary to analyse scientific articles and use them in order to make informed choices and decisions.

 

 

 

 

HIGHER

Course Description

 

Chemical Changes and Structure

This unit covers the knowledge and understanding of controlling reaction rates and periodic trends, and strengthens the learner’s ability to make reasoned evaluations by recognising underlying patterns and principles. Learners will investigate collision theory and the use of catalysts in reactions. Learners will explore the concept of electro- negativity and intra-molecular and intermolecular forces. The connection between bonding and a material's physical properties is investigated.

 

Nature’s Chemistry

This unit covers the knowledge and understanding of organic chemistry within the context of the chemistry of food and the chemistry of everyday consumer products, soaps, detergents, fragrances and skincare. The relationship between the structure of organic compounds, their physical and chemical properties and their uses are investigated. Key functional groups and types of organic reaction are covered.

 

Chemistry in Society

This unit covers the knowledge and understanding of the principles of physical chemistry which allow a chemical process to be taken from the researcher's bench through to industrial production. Learners will calculate quantities of reagents and products, percentage yield and the atom economy of processes. They will develop skills to manipulate dynamic equilibria and predict enthalpy changes. Learners will investigate the ability of substances to act as oxidising or reducing agents and their use in analytical chemistry through the context of volumetric titrations. Learners will use analytical chemistry to determine the purity of reagents and products.

 

Researching Chemistry

This unit covers the key skills necessary to undertake research in chemistry. Learners will research the relevance of chemical theory to everyday life by exploring the chemistry behind a topical issue. Learners will develop the key skills associated with collecting and synthesising information from a number of different sources. Equipped with the knowledge of common chemistry apparatus and techniques, they will plan and undertake a practical investigation related to a topical issue. Using their scientific literacy skills, learners will communicate their results and conclusions.

 

 

NATIONAL 5

 

Course Description

 

Chemical Changes and Structure

In this unit, learners will develop scientific skills and knowledge of the chemical reactions in our world. Through practical experience, learners will investigate average rates of reaction and the chemistry of neutralisation reactions. Focusing on these reactions, learners will work towards the concept of balanced chemical equations. Learners will explore the mole concept, formulae and reaction quantities. The connection between bonding and chemical properties of materials is investigated.

 

Nature’s Chemistry

The Earth has a rich supply of natural resources which are used by all of us. In this unit, learners will investigate the physical and chemical properties of cycloalkanes, branched chain alkanes and alkenes, and straight chain alcohols and carboxylic acids. They will explore their chemical reactions and their uses in everyday consumer products. Learners will investigate the comparison of energy from different fuels.

 

Chemistry in Society

In this unit, learners will develop skills and carry out practical investigations related to the chemistry of materials. Learners will focus on the chemistry of metals and their bonding, reactions and uses. The connection between bonding in plastics, their physical properties and their uses is investigated. Learners will investigate the chemical reactions and processes used to manufacture fertilisers. They will research the use and effect of different types of nuclear of radiation. Learners will investigate chemical analysis techniques used for monitoring the environment.

 

 

NATIONAL 3/4 Chemistry

 

Course Description

 

Unit 1 Chemical Changes and Structure

In this Unit, learners will develop scientific skills and knowledge of the chemical reactions in our world. Through practical experience learners will investigate rates of reaction, energy changes of chemical reaction, and the reactions of acids and bases and their impact on the environment. Focusing on these reactions, learners will work towards the concept of chemical equations. Learners will research atomic structure and bonding related to properties of materials.

 

Unit 2  Nature’s Chemistry

In this Unit, learners will research the Earth’s rich supply of natural resources which are used by each and every one of us. Learners will investigate how fossil fuels are extracted and processed for use. They will investigate: the chemistry of using fuels, their effect on the environment and the impact that renewable energy sources can have on this; plants as a source of fuels, carbohydrates and consumer products; and how chemists use plants in the development of products associated with everyday life.

 

Unit 3 Chemistry in Society

In this Unit, learners will focus on the chemical reactions, properties and applications of metal and alloys. The chemistry of metals in chemical cells is explored. Through research, learners will compare and contrast the properties and applications of plastics and new materials. Learners will investigate the use of fertilisers, the formation of elements, and the presence of background radiation, and will research the use of chemical analysis for monitoring the environment.

Chemistry - Useful Science Websites

 

SQA parent guide can be found on their website Nutshell series.

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

 

Flashcards

Tiny cards is an electronic version

https://tinycards.duolingo.com

 

SQA

For our senior school the most important website is the SQA for all information regarding course work, assessment and past papers /marking instructions.

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/70972.html

 

Scholar (Higher and Advanced Higher only)

Course material and short electronic assessments

https://scholar.hw.ac.uk

  

SQA

For our senior school the most important website is the SQA for all information regarding course work, assessment and past papers /marking instructions.

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/70972.html

 

Scholar (Higher and Advanced Higher only)

Course material and short electronic assessments

https://scholar.hw.ac.uk

 

QUIZLET
Interactive revision of key terminology.

Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Start learning today with flashcards, games and learning tools

https://quizlet.com/en-gb

 

 

CHEMISTRY

A Scotland based website with information and assessments for all levels

https://www.evans2chemweb.co.uk

 

A Scottish Borders based website, run by a former teaching colleague Mr Watson...great website with lots of information.

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http://www.new.chemistry-teaching-resources.com/KHSpupils.html

 

SCIENCES

 

STAFF

 

Principal Teacher: Ms P Stirling

 

Biology

Dr S Barker

Ms G Morison

Mrs R Moghadam

Miss L Hogarth

 

Chemistry

Dr M Rogerson

Mrs L Stokes

 

Physics

Miss H Le-Mar

 

Science

Mr C Gracey (PT DYW)

 

Technician Support

Mrs F Gourlay

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The winners for this month's 200 club draw are

1. Lesley Thomson (no 21)

2. Mr Love (no 20)

3. Fiona Morris (no 26)

 

Congratulations to the Winners