Biology S1/S2 is taught as part of an integrated science course: Science S1/S2
The S1/S2 Science course aims to give our pupils a good basic knowledge of the areas studied in the “separate” sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and to provide them with the foundations on which to build in S3 and beyond. It also aims to give the pupils an enthusiasm and “feel” for science, its methods and its importance in the world of the twenty-first century; as well as covering the everyday science that affects all of us in ordinary living.
Over S1- S2 we intend to cover these units:
- Conversion and Transfer of Energy
- Changing Materials
- Variety and Characteristics
- Forces and their Effects
- Materials from the Earth
- Living Things and the Environment
- Properties and Uses of Energy
- Earth in Space
- Processes of life
Method and assessment
In Science classes our pupils should experience a wide range of activities and approaches to learning ranging from some old-fashioned “chalk and talk” through experimental demonstrations and group work to individual experimental work, investigating, problem solving and reporting. A national scheme of “Thinking Science” practical activities (called “CASE”) will be used. Knowledge and Understanding will be tested at the end of every unit. Problem-solving skills will be tested twice in each year.
Each unit has prescribed written homework. This is an integral and important part of the course. It will be assessed and included in the S1 and S2 reports. “Learning” and other less formal types of homework will also be set.
Pupils are expected to look after all their books, handouts, jotters, folders, etc, very carefully. They will be expected to provide, for every science lesson, a pencil, pen, rubber and ruler – as well as their undivided attention!