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S2 Curricular bulletin Aug10

  1. 1. Kilwinning Academy S2 News August 2010Welcome to our first S2 Curriculum BulletinIn our recent visit by school inspectors we were praised for our effective partnershipworking. In the report it was noted that parents were asking for more informationabout how to improve the education of their youngsters and how to provide morehomework support. We are taking steps to raise attainment in partnership with parentsby promoting more active learning. We hope that this publication is helpful to parentsand students in S2 as they start to prepare for their S3 option choices. Each pupil also has a Maths notes jotter. TheOur exams last May delivered a introduction of eachgood set of results for many of our Each pupil has a Homework Booklet topic includes aStandard Grade students. 90% containing Homework Exercises for written note ofachieved 5 Standard Grade passes each topic/chapter covered. These explanation andor more. It is our constant desire exercises should be completed in worked examplesto drive up the level of results and pupils’ homework jotters and are the which each pupilour Headteacher, Mr Armstrong, minimum homework requirement. should have copiedhas met with all Principal Teachers into his or her jotter.to discuss ways of achieving this.We have used CATs (CognitiveAbilities Test) in S1 and S2 toindicate how we should expectcandidates to perform in theirexams in S4 and experience hasshown that these have provedquite reliable. We now intend toset more accurate targets, usingCAT results, to help motivatepupils. Targets will be discussedwith pupils and shared withparents. We will also becontinuing to track pupils’performance againstexpectations. Pupils will behelped to close any gaps throughcomments and advice. Clearly, itis important for pupils to acceptsome responsibility for their ownlearning and improvement byacting on their teachers’ advice. 1
  2. 2. Using a homework diary regularly helps with study planning and can be useful to keep a record of achievements! Accounting & FinanceEnglish Art & Design and AdministrationPupils who The next two months The class is currently working hardwill be sitting will see our students to complete the theoretical aspects ofthe Standard at all levels the course so that the prelim examGrade exam in continuing to work that they sit in November/December2009 are on their expressive will be complete and not haveworking on a folio of Writing and units in class and sections omitted. In order to prepareReading answers at present. Five preparing for their 5 fully for the prelim examinationpieces of their best work will be sent hour, Expressive homework, based on past papers, isfor external marking in the New Practical Prelim. being issued regularly and pupilsYear. Pupils will have the should find that this, if completedopportunity to redraft and improve The deadline for completion of their well, preparesexisting work. expressive unit is the Christmas them for any Holidays, and students should be questions thatPupils who have already completed nearing completion of their work for they will face inthe Standard Grade course will be the research and investigation stage the prelim or theworking on the component units of of this unit. Development studies are real exam inthe Intermediate level course this also underway, with students trying M a y. Thesession. Where appropriate they may out different compositional ideas and p r a c t i c a lalso be working at Higher level. experimenting with a range of media. element of the They may be asked to complete assessment will some of this work at home. be done after Christmas. S4 Art and Design students will alsoFrench sit a Design Critical prelim which Home Economics they are currently preparing for in Home Economics (F/G/C):Standard Grade: class. They will be expected to Preparation for prelim examinations• Finishing Shopping Topic discuss the work of 2 designers in (written and practical) is well• Starting Restaurant Topic this exam. underway. Pupils have study notes in their class folders and jotters,Evidence required for the completion which will help them prepare forof these topics: Oral exam and written examinations. Practical written folio piece. Computing Studies prelim examinations will be Classes are published 2 weeks prior to the Both these tests are now well examination. Pupils should be internal assessments through the encouraged to practice skills and set by SQA and course and are timing at home. All pupils have beencount towards the overall Grade currently given the opportunity to purchasetherefore it is crucial that pupils working on two text books for their own use. Classwork to their maximum potential. main areas: text books are available for reference knowledge and in school only.Pupils also have homework booklets understanding of the use ofon each topic, the deadlines for computers in industrial andcompletion being set by their class Hospitality (Intermediate 1): All commercial activities and the pupils are in the process ofteacher, according to pace. completion of their practical abilities completing the final unit of work: folders. ‘Organisation ofIntermediate 2:• NAB exams in Listening and Practical Skills’. Assessment of the knowledge and Assessment for thisReading to be completed. These are understanding aspect is covered bycrucial, as pupils cannot be entered will take place two multiple choice tests; one prior before thefor the exam in May until they have to the October break and one after.achieved passes in these Units. Christmas Break. The Computing department will• The Personal Communication issue interim reports giving theNAB will also be done by Christmas. Practical prelim results of these tests prior to prelim examinations willAgain, this is a crucial element to the exemption. The current practicalexam and must be passed before take place in November/December. work should be complete prior to the Pupils will require to prepare a 2entry to the exam in May. Christmas break and will be the final• Redrafts of the written element of course meal within 1.5 hours. This element of each pupil’s practical will be published 2 weeks prior tothe exam will be completed and this folio. This means that the practicalcan be learned off by heart for the the examination. Pupils should be ability grade (PA) in the prelim encouraged to practice at home toexam. Don’t waste this report will be an accurate measure ofopportunity! improve their practical skills. the grade passed onto the exam board. In the build up to the prelims, classes will have weekly homework based on past papers. 2
  3. 3. Keep track of important assessment dates with a calendar - check exam dates at www.sqa.org.ukReligious Studies Intermediate 1 Biology pupils are number of websites are available forThe next few weeks will see us working on their final unit, Chemistry revision. Among the bestgetting Investigation drafts Biotechnology. Homework is set are BBC Bitesize Revision atcompleted. about fortnightly in the form of write www.bbc.co.uk/education/bitesize on sheets. and Evans2chemweb atThis involves ongoing research into www.evans2chemweb.co.ukpersonally selected topic. It is worth All pupils should be spending time33% of the total grade. First draft on general revision of notes etc. fordue November 20th, final report due forthcoming prelims. Useful PhysicsJanuary 29th. All pupils following S revision techniques include mindGrade RS have folders and mapping, making their own flash The Transportinstructions. Materials are available cards, constructing and labelling topic is for borrowing as diagrams, working on examples from a l m o s t required. A letter past papers or revision books or even complete and will be sent home discussing Biology terms with pupils are due explaining this in friends and family. Just reading or another end of detail. Please sign copying from notes is rarely topic test as and return the tear effective. The BBC Bitesize well as off slip. Revision materials available on the preparing for internet (http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/ prelims. bitesize/) are an excellent aid to Other topicsIn Issues of Morality the nature of include studies in Energy andmorality is explored, considering revision for Standard Grade pupils.what makes an action right or wrong Electronics as well as a look at Space Pupils will be working on techniques Physics. Pupils will also soon haveand whether morality depends on started a complete course revisionreligious authority, tradition, custom, and investigations which are compulsory if they are to achieve an programme (extra homework!)self-interest, or its impact on others.We will look at general principles award in their final exam. Good Technicaland values from Christianity and attendance is particularly importantIslam. There will also be a closer at this time to avoid missing any ofexamination of specific moral issues these practical assessments.and religious responses arising from: Craft and • sexual morality: Design: Pupils freedom and responsibility in should have relationships between sexes, Chemistry completed their Design folios by• the taking of life: Standard Grade • war, Chemistry pupils the October • abortion, are currently Holidays. They • euthanasia. working towards have now begun completing topic 10 (Making working on Final Projects . They Electricity) and 11 (Metals) in time will also be studying for theAll pupils will develop evaluation knowledge and understanding exam.skills thinking through different for the Prelim examination. Each pupil has been issued with a cd rom Some work for this will be given asopinions on moral issues, weighing homework.up the evidence and drawing containing a full set of revisionconclusions. Please see the revision materials and homework exercisesadvice on page 4! for the complete Standard Grade Graphic Communication: Pupils course. These materials can also be should be working on units 4 - 8. accessed through the school website. this term folio work will be mostly computer based using D.T.P., C.A.D. Intermediate 1 Chemistry pupils are and C.A.G. Pupils will also be currently working on the final two studying for their knowledge andBiology sections of Unit 2, Fuels and Plastics. interpretation exam in class andStandard Grade some of this work will be backed upBiology pupils Each pupil has a set of revision notes in their class jotter and they are with homework assignments.are working onthe fourth topic encouraged to take these home for revision. Homework exercises are Leckie and Leckie have publishedof their course, course notes for both Craft andThe Biosphere. set in the form of write on sheets. Design and Graphic Communication.Each pupil has a These provide excellent support andyellow homework Study Guide, With the Prelims fast approaching, pupils should be spending time give pupils the opportunity tocontaining the homework exercises revising past topics. They have been practice skills and work onfor the Topic. These are set at knowledge at home. They areroughly fortnightly intervals. Pupils shown many revision techniques and should be using a variety of available in most good bookshopshave notes, summary booklets and and online.summary pages of the study guide to strategies to aid their revision. Pasthelp with completion. papers are a good source of questions to improve exam technique and a 3
  4. 4. Teachers are always happy to help students who have been absent to catch up with missed workGeography The next block moves indoors with covered in the course. Where home Mr Adam’s boys on Basketball, Mrs practice facilities are not availableOver the last few weeks we have Lamont’s girls on Badminton and the music department is at students’been completing the Settlement unit Miss Lyall’s boys on Fitness. disposal at interval, lunchtime andand assessment. After the after school.assessment was completed and The 4th year SGPE pupils now havereturned the pupils undertook a target two practical classes a week and onesetting exercise with their teacher. theory classroom lesson with seriousThey all now have two targets agreed preparation beginning for the PE Revisionwith their teacher to work on prelim in November. Intensivebetween now and the prelims in preparation forNovember. A review of these targets prelims shouldwill take place after that time. now be started. Using allAll classes are now working on the personallyNatural Regions part of the course produced noteswhich includes looking at 4 different and/ or thoseregions in the world and produced byenvironmental the staff, pupilsissues in these must spendareas. All classes time committing all topics covered towill be given memory. The time this takes variesr e g u l a rhomework to be Music for each pupil - this will be in addition to normal homework!completed in Examples of how to streamlinetheir homework Standard Grade: • All pupils study 2 instruments (Solo 1 – performed to information into manageablejotter on this personal notes for study have beentopic. an external examiner in early March 2009. • Solo 2 – recorded in class issued by many departments. Pupils and internally assessed). • All pupils are expected to spend time eachHistory to complete their own composition. week working through all handoutsPreparations for the prelim exam • All pupils to undertake a listening supplied by departments to producehave begun. The first 3 topics of paper during SQA exam diet. their own. Parents can check this byUnit 1c, Changing Life in Scotland asking to see these for each topic.and Britain, must be covered in class Targets to be achieved before Some parents find it helpful to keep aprior to the exam: Population, Health Christmas: record of revision progress. Pupils and Housing. • Pupils should record their Solo should be memorising their notes for Staff will be instrument ‘bite-size’ tests on mental revision emphasising to • Completion of and exam answers set by class pupils that i n d i v i d u a l teachers. Parents can test this by revision should compositions asking for an explanation of these be well notes from memory - tick each point underway. The they mention. Further revision of first two units of missed items will improve success. Intermediate 2: As Supported study sessions have now study: Unit 2b – above except that Britain at War begun - pupils can benefit from both instruments are performed to additional study hints and advice and Unit 3d – the external examiner in early March Nazi Germany after school. There are still a few 2009 and content and format of places available in most subjects - should also be listening paper is different.revised by pupils. The department sign-up forms available from Mrswould encourage pupils to attend the Cruickshank. Targets to be achieved beforeinquisitor club which provides Christmas:History quizzes related to factual • Completion of individual Important Datesrevision. For more information see compositions • Prelims begin NovemberMs McLean room A1. • Instrumental programmes chosen, • S4 Parents Evening January approved and at an appropriate stage • SQA Exams begin April of performance.PE STUDIES Although the priority is on the above Contacting schoolStandard Grade PE pupils have been targets, the Listening and Solo 1making the best of our wonderful element will still be ongoing in class. Kilwinning Academy, Dalry Road,end of summer weather and have just It is still expected that pupils Kilwinning KA13 7HD 01294 551316finished their outdoor block continue revising the Listeningcomprising of football and hockey. concepts at home. A very useful contactus@kilwinning.n-ayrshire.sch.ukThey covered tactics and strategies website is www.ltscotland.org.uk.within a game context. This site provides excellent material www.kilwinning-academy.co.uk supporting all the Listening concepts 4