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Science

 

Science

A warm welcome to Lochgelly High School’s Science Department

 

Our department is composed of dedicated and committed teachers with responsibility for teaching S1 and S2 Science and from S3 onwards, either Biology, Chemistry and Physics.                

 The Team:

Miss C. Craig                           PTC Science (Biology)

Mrs N. McKinnon                    PTC Science (Physics) 

Miss L. Edwards                     Biology

Miss E. Sandison                    Biology

Mr S. Davidson                       Chemistry

Dr R. Atkinson                        Chemistry

Mr M. McInally                        Physics

Mrs S. White                            Physics

 

“The Scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, they are the one who asks the right questions.”  

Claude Levi-Strauss

 

Science is an incredibly important part of our past, present and future and we use its applications every day in all aspects of our daily lives.  Science and its applications are at the heart of Scotland’s future, in relation to future scientific discovery, health and wellbeing, medical advancements and the conservation of our beautiful country.

 

Through learning in the Sciences our pupils not only develop their interest and knowledge but they also develop their practical skills, numeracy skills, literacy skills and their knowledge of and how they can positively impact upon their own health and wellbeing and the environment.

 

Learners, at all stages and levels, engage in wide range of co-operative and investigative tasks/activities, which allow them to develop important skills to become inventive and enterprising young adults in a world where Science cuts across all areas of the economy.

 

With this in mind, learners’ pathways have two distinct stages; Broad General Education (BGE) (S1-S3) and the Senior Phase (S4-S6).

 

BGE

 

In S1 and S2 pupils will get an experience of all 3 sciences across a range of topics e.g. Matter, Electricity and Body Systems; developing their knowledge and understanding and their literacy, numeracy and research skills.  Teachers use a range of strategies and methodologies to make this experience active and engaging for our young people.

 

In S3 pupils have the opportunity to develop their knowledge further in one or more of the sciences.  At this point they will be taught by a subject specialist.  This ensures that we are deepening their knowledge and understanding as well as further developing their skills. 

 

Senior Phase


 

As a Science department we offer National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher across the Sciences.  This ensures that our young people can progress through the Sciences at an appropriate pace.  At National 5 level and above pupils must complete an SQA exam in order to gain the full award.

Science is an integral part of our economy and future and is therefore essential for a number of career pathways, for example; Forensic Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Zoology, Pharmacy, Nuclear Science, Engineering, Optometry, Biochemistry and MANY MANY MORE!!

 

DAS Science 

Our DAS classes visit the department once a week for specialist science teaching.  In May of 2014 we held our very first DAS Science Fair.  Each DAS class worked together to decide upon a Science Fair theme and then to carry out experiments and research on their chosen topic.  Culminating in all classes demonstrating their learning in a Science Fair display.

Mrs Penrose-Campbell and Mrs Thomson very given the difficult task of deciding upon winners for each of the competition categories:

Effective Contributors

Responsible Citizens

Successful Learners

Confident Individuals

 

We also included an award for Creativity. 

 

Our DAS pupils, when asked if they had enjoyed the Science Fair and if they would like to repeat this next year, gave a resounding and unanimous YES!!!! 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you in our department.