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  • 1. Kilwinning Academy S1 News September 2010Welcome to our second S1 Curriculum BulletinIn our recent visit by school inspectors we were praised for our effective partnership working.In the report it was noted that parents were asking for more information about how to improvethe education of their youngsters and how to provide more homework support. We are takingsteps to raise attainment in partnership with parents by promoting more active learning. Wehope that this publication is helpful to parents and students in S1 as they start on the next stageof their educational journey at secondary school.Art and DesignThe Art and English Pupils will follow the newD e s i g n Curriculum for Excellence. Our A typical term’s work will involve:Department aim will be to providedelivers an opportunities for them to enjoy a variety of experiences in Reading, reading andenjoyable, discussing a novel Writing, Talking and Listening. in classachievable and The course is based on the enjoyment and study of literature making a personal response to the novelchallenging course for all pupils (which may include fiction,throughout S1. Pupils experience a drama, poetry and the media). group discussion of issues raised in the Language (grammar and close novelbalance of design, expressive and reading skills) will also be composition of a piece of extendedcritical work with 2D and 3D covered, and a language-based writingoutcomes in a range of materials. homework booklet will be issued. Pupils are also encouraged to language studyPupils at the beginning of the enjoy personal reading, and someschool term are issued with time is set aside each week tosketchbooks which they are promote personal reading.encouraged to use for homeworkand personal development.Furthermore, the Art department Personal Social & Health Education The PSHE course at Kilwinning Academy lasts 38 weeks and covers manysupports a wide range of practical different topics and issues that young people may face in their daily lives. The PSHE course is delivered by form tutors allowing the form tutor to deal withactivities which are enjoyed first-line pastoral care whilst developing their role beyond that of a classroomthroughout the school terms these teacher. PSHE course is divided into varying units with special personal, social and health inserts which include: careers, nurse, young people, dangersrange from printmaking, pottery, of tobacco and study skills with a library visit.painting, drawing and designing. 1
  • 2. Home Economics The aim of the S1 curriculum in Home Economics is to give pupils a well round experience of all facets of the subject. S1/S2 Home Economics course: Ready Steady Cook Eating For Health Green Issues Smart Shopping Ready Steady Sew Design and Make (Fabric and Food)The Geography Department willbe running a new course for the Design and Make (Fabric) REHISS1 group this year. Pupils will Nutrients are Nicestart with an introduction to mapwork which will allow them togain an understanding of using an During S1, pupils will be introduced to all aspects of safety, hygiene,atlas, longitude and latitude, and weighing, measuring and basic cookery process techniques. In all areas ofmaps on a local, regional and practical cookery, pupils will be expected to follow the departmental rules,global scale. The pupils will then which means coming prepared with container and food as required.use this knowledge to complete a Homework will be given on a regular basis and should be completed to aunit on Ordnance Survey map good standard. Pupils are also given an introduction to basic fabric work,skills. machine skills and colour theory. Skills are developed through the use of technology, enabling pupils to carry out a Design and Make problem basedAfter Christmas pupils will then challenge. Finally in S1 pupils are introduced to the key nutrients, sourceslook at weather and climate in and functions through practical cookery to enable them to make the correctthe UK, before moving on to a choices for a healthy lifestyle.case study of Hurricane Katrina.At the end of S1 they will finishtheir year with a look at rivers in HistoryScotland and beyond which willinclude an introduction to the At the start of the session the S1 classes will be studyinghydrological cycle. the Viking influence in Scotland. This topic encourages pupils to look at evidence and draw conclusions about the impact of Viking raids and settlement on the life andThroughout the year pupils will culture of Scotland. Pupils will be expected to completehave the opportunity to work regular homework exercises and carry out work at home.alone, in pairs, and as part of a From Christmas pupils will be studying the Wars ofgroup. They will present work to Independence and examining how William Wallace andtheir class and will also complete Robert the Bruce contributed to the development of thean individual weather project. Scottish nation after the death of Alexander III.French Metro 1 Metro 2The French course at KilwinningAcademy is a continuation of the Module 2: Module 1: Personal Descriptionexcellent work which pupils have been Family and Pets and Hobbies (Reading anddoing in associated Primary Schools and Personal Description Writing)during Primary Six and Primary Seven. (Listening and Reading)The French course at the Academy Module 2: My Life and Dailyfollows the same Metro course and is Routine (Speaking and Module 3: School (Listening Listening)divided into four elements (reading, and Writing)listening, talking and writing) and has Module 3: Family and Friendsassociated workbooks which are issued Module 4: Hobbies (Reading (Speaking and Listening)to all pupils at the beginning of the and Speaking)school term. There are six modules in Module 4: Food and DrinkMetro 1 and 2 with each module Module 5: House and Area (Speaking and Listening)containing five individual units, (Reading and Speaking)covering a wide range of topics. After Module 5: Week in Paristhe end of each topic class assessments Module 6: Holidays (Reading (Speaking and Reading)take place. and Speaking) Module 6: Visit to France (Listening and Writing) 2
  • 3. Maths Computing The new S1 will be the first to experience the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence framework for Mathematics and Numeracy. The underlying a n d principle of Curriculum for Excellence is that Mathematics equips us with Business many of the skills required for life, learning and work. Understanding the part that mathematics plays in almost all aspects of life is crucial. As young Education people develop these concepts and skills in the department, there will be The course has continual reinforcement and revisiting in order to maintain progression. been completely redesigned for Curriculum for Assessment in Maths will focus on students’ abilities to Excellence. Between August and work increasingly skilfully with numbers, data and Christmas pupils will receive an mathematical concepts and processes and use them in a range of contexts. introduction to networking and school computer systems uncluding It is our aim to deliver a varied learning and teaching safe and responsible use of environment using an ICT suite where all young people networks. Students will use major will have the opportunity to achieve and progress in their general purpose packages to learning. develop skills in presentations, word processing, databases and spreadsheets. Library After Christmas students will and Resource Centre Religious work on a project using Education At the beginning of their first year pupils their acquired ICT skills complete an Information and Study Skills Course in During S1, to create a report and association with the English Department during the first p u p i l s presentation on a term of the school year. This provides a general introduction to receive major technical Resource Centre layout, arrangement of fiction, non-fiction and o n e innovation. topic boxes, use of contents and index pages, a brief introduction to period a encyclopaedias and a look at the Careers Section in the Resource Centre. week of Religious There will also The Information and Study Skills Course is very much a hands-on, find out Education in which they be a series of for yourself course, giving pupils a taste of what kind of information can be learn about: What is l e s s o n s found in a Resource Centre and how they can use this information in their religion? Why believe in c o n c e r n i n g school work across the curriculum. The aim of the course is to enable pupils to anything? Worldwide enterprise and tackle research topics All pupils are encouraged to attend the Lunchtime religions and religious with confidence by developing the basic steps in information retrieval. b u s i n e s s Homework Club in the Resource Centre, either to complete class work, to do symbols, dress, beliefs education. research or for some quiet reading. This provides pupils with the opportunity and worship. Moreover, to utilise their information handling skills. At all times pupils are encouraged S1 pupils will study an After Easter the to use both books and ICT resources when doing research. The Resource introduction to focus turns to Centre supports the ERIC reading programme as operated by the English philosophy, which deals personal finance Department, by providing a source of varied material to promote reading. Writing and Story Telling Workshops are arranged with with topics such as: what organisation and visiting authors when possible. A Careers Drop-In facility is and why, who am I? God and planning built operated by the School Careers Officer. All Departments creation. around the RBSMoneySense are aware of support available from the Resource Centre and opportunities for use are taken up, initiative. The year finishes as required, across the curriculum. with an introduction to Support animation and basic movie The Support Department is making. an essential department in helping pupils adjust to life atMusic Department Kilwinning Academy. The Support Department runs many interval and In S1 pupils receive two periods of music lunchtime clubs such as the peace room, and all classes are given a taster course in buddying, homework club, S1 register class recorder, keyboard, tuned percussion, drum buddy and the anti-bullying council. What is kit and guitar. The course is divided into more, pupils attending the Support Department different terms with different topics being will be supported by class and base tutors and taught in each term. Furthermore, practical pupils can improve their literacy and numeracy skills, related listening and an inventing skills with educational support packages such project are also taught and a basic knowledge as: The NESSY Programme, NESSY Finger Keyboard Skills, Memory Skills, of notation is reinforced through the use of Education City and revision and computer software. practice for class tests as well as class work catch up. 3
  • 4. Science Physical Education The importance of engaging in an active lifestyle has never been During S1 follow the schedule as detailed below:- of greater importance. The S1 Physical Education curriculum includes the following activities which pupils will participate in 2 Matter periods a week: football, hockey, basketball, badminton, gymnastics, fitness, table tennis, athletics and summer games. Cells and Microbiology Pupils are expected to being their own kit, otherwise kit will be provided by P.E. staff. Kit should comprise of a plain t-shirt and Energy either shorts or tracksuit bottoms. Elements and Compounds Should a pupil be unable to take part in P.E. they should still bring their P.E. kit, accompanied by a note from home explaining their Ecology reason for non participation in the subject. These pupils will either be asked to assist with scoring, refereeing, timekeeping or Electricity complete a written exercise related to the current activity. Pupils should enjoy P.E… remembering it is like all things in life…you Homework will be set once a week. Parents only get out what you put in! are expected to sign homework and pupils will also have a test at the end of each Topic. In addition to regular set homework, pupils are The Active Schools Network is a team of Physical Educational expected to spend a significant amount of time teachers working within the school and the wider community in studying their notes and summary sheets – Scotland. Their goal is to offer all children and young people the particularly just prior to tests and exams. motivation and opportunities to get active. In practice, this means that their job is to increase the number of opportunities for all children to get engaged in physical activity and sport. Active Schools Co-ordinator also try to build bridges with sports clubs and other community organisations, to give pupils a pathway to continue their participation in sport outside of the school environment. Contacting school Kilwinning Academy, Dalry Road, Currently, The Active Schools Network has a number of opportunities for children to participate in physical activity. Within Kilwinning Academy there Kilwinning KA13 7HD 01294 are a number of activities on offer to all S1 pupils ranging from: dodgeball, 551316 gymnastics, cheerleading, basketball and table-tennis. Activities are normally held at lunchtime and afterschool and details of these activities can be found on kilwinning@ea.n-ayrshire.sch.uk the notice boards in the P.E department. www.kilwinning-academy.co.uk Important Dates TechnicalCraft and Design and Graphic Communication are two facets of the Technical S1 Parents’ Info Evening:Department and are part of the Art and Design and Technical faculty within Kilwinning Tues 28 Sept, 7 - 9pmAcademy. In S1, pupils will familiarise themselves with Health and Safety procedures inthe workshop and are then introduced to basic hand tools, S1 Parents’ Evening:machines, processes and materials which will enable students to Tues 8 March, 4.30 - 6.40pmmanufacture a number of artefacts to help solve design problems.Pupils are also introduced to a wide variety of communication S1 Reports:skills, Computer Aided Design (Cad), Computer Aided Graphics Interim: start of December(Cag), and Desktop Publishing (DTP) as well as traditional drawingboard skills. Various rendering techniques are also taught to enable Main report: start of Junepupils to produce presentations and illustrated drawings. Theme Park Trip: Friday 20 May 4
  • 5. Fridge door Handy Reminder Sickness absence First day absent Contact Longer absences Please phone the school If no word has been Please keep in touch with office on the first day of received the Pupil school. Work can be absence giving details of Welfare Officer will provided if necessary. the reason for absence attempt to contact parents/ and the likely length of guardians by phone or Please contact our Pupil absence. The school text. Please ensure that Welfare Officer, Mrs K phone number is you keep contact details Burley. 01294 551316. up-to-date. Planned absence Planned absence School procedure Termtime Holidays If it is expected that your Pupils leaving school for These are usually marked as son/daughter is planned appointments are unauthorised absences to be absent for an expected to collect a (truancy) in pupils’ records expected reason (eg a permission slip from the and are not supported by doctor’s or dentist’s Pupil Welfare Officer the school or the local appointment) then a note (front office), to sign out authority. in advance should be on departure, and to sign provided. in on return.Homework Diaries, Uniform High absences can lead to: Timekeeping:Diaries should be brought to school • Letters sent home asking for The school day starts atdaily and uniform worn. In the event improvement. 8.50am and ends at 3.30pm.of a problem with uniform pupilsshould report to their Year head • Referral to school doctor. Lunch is at 12.45 untilbefore 8.50am. Pupils losing their • Referral to Children’s Panel. 1.40pm. Pupils are expecteddiary should request a replacement • Referral to Attendance to arrive in good time forfrom their Guidance teacher. In Committee. school and for classes.either case a note from home helps. • Poor job/college references.Who to contact (issues other than routine absence)All pupils in Kilwinning Academy are members of a named house. Register class numbers indicatewhich house, eg 1A1 is part of Arran house, 1B1 Bute house, 1C1 Cumbrae, and 1D1 Davaar. If youneed to speak to a member of staff about any issues your son/daughter is experiencing, it is best tocontact his/her guidance teacher as soon as possible. If phoning please remember that all guidance staffhave teaching commitments, but messages will be passed on to them and calls returned as soon aspossible. House: Arran Bute Cumbrae Davaar Year head: Mr Smith Mr Smith Mrs Cruickshank Mrs Cruickshank Guidance teacher: Mr Duncan Mr MacArthur 5 Mr McKenzie Mr Scott

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