Kilwinning Academy S3 News October 2010Welcome to our S3 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 S3 as they start work on SQAcertificate courses leading to qualifications at Standard Grade and Intermediate levels. English MathsAll S3 pupils will begin the two-year Standard Grade Each pupil will be issued with a homework booklet,course. There are three elements to the course – Reading, notes jotter, class work jotter and textbook. ProblemWriting and Talking. solving booklets are also available and should be worked on through the year.Reading includes both close reading skills and the studyof literature (prose, poetry and drama). Homework exercises are due after the completion of each topic covered in class. These should beWriting includes the production of personal essays, short completed in line with departmental policy and are thestories and functional writing. minimum requirement for S3 pupils.Talking involves both solo talk and group discussion. S3 has 3 assessments. Each assessment has two papers – Non calculator and Calculator.All of the elements are assessed. Assessment 1 Class test- End of October.Pupils are expected to complete a folio of work (aminimum of two pieces of creative writing and three Assessment 2 Class test- Mid Decemberresponses to literature) by the end of S3. Assessment 3 S3 Examinations- Beginning of May.There is also an exam, which comprises two closereading papers and one writing paper. All pupils in General/ Credit are encouraged toAll pupils will sit the General level exam, plus either purchase a Scientific Calculator.Foundation or Credit papers as appropriate. Geography History Over the last few weeks our S3 pupils have settled in well to the Pupils have started work on Unit 2A: international Geography department. They will complete the introductory co-operation and conflict. This will cover the ordnance survey unit in the next few weeks, which will be followed by an assessment. They will then complete a target causes of WW1, the experience of civilians and setting exercise with their teacher. They will have 2 targets soldiers during war, and the peace settlement at which they will bring home to be signed by parents/carers. the end of the war. Staff will be encouraging Hopefully this will help them to improve their grades over the course of the session. pupils to regularly revise jotters notes at home as part of their homework schedule. History staff will By the start of September all our pupils moved onto the River issue target sheets to pupils in the coming weeks. Landscapes section of the Standard Grade course. The department encourages pupils to attend the Pupils undertaking Acc3/Int 1 courses started by looking at river 1 inquisitor club which provides quizzes to enhance landscapes then studied glacial landscapes before completing factual knowledge. the first of their 3 NAB assessments.
Core Religious Education Standard Grade Religious StudiesIn line with government requirements all pupils in S3 receive Pupils are currently looking at Issues of Belief and shouldcore RE for one period each week. Following our work on have returned an essay task recently. Much of what ismorality and moral issues in S2, pupils in S3 follow a learned requires pupils to reflect on what is happening incontinuously assessed free-standing SQA unit examining moral the world around them, and so it is worth spending timeissues in technology which can be achieved at either watching TV programmes which involve making moralIntermediate 1 or 2 level. Pupils identify different examples oftechnology (work and leisure, environment, medical) using choices, eg in issues such as abortion, sex, terminal illness,newspaper and magazine articles, tv reports and documentaries, and warfare. Pupils should be revising from their notesand their own experience. Next, drawing on class resources, regularly, using mindmaps, and highlighting/summarisingthey show how using technology raises religious and moral different topics. Question answering practice will usuallyquestions. Finally, they are expected to write a report on their be set for homework at the end of topics. The class willchoice of technology explaining the issues raised by it. There is be starting a study of Islam soon; watching TV news/normally no homework associated with core RE unless class current affairs programmes or reading good qualitytasks are incomplete. newspapers will be helpful.Art & Design Craft & Design Graphic CommunicationPupils will be developing drawing Pupils will design and make a range of Pupils will work through units 1-4 of theskills in a range of media such as models which will give them a sound course. Various technical drawing lessonspencil, colour pencils, pastels, and skills base from which to design their will develop both their skills andpaints, There will also be the final projects. Practical skills will be knowledge of graphic communication.opportunity to work in three developed through working in thedimensions and to work in workshops with wood and metal. Each Hand rendering and computer aideddeveloping their visual awareness in model will be preceded by a design folio drawing will be explored while pupils willthe design and expressive areas. develop a knowledge and understanding ofVisual concepts such as pattern, which takes pupils through the designform, colour and shape are process helping them develop their terms techniques and symbols associateddeveloped as well as discussing ideas knowledge and understanding of their with industry practice. Techniques varyabout the Design Process of research, own models’ (aesthetics and function). from pictorial illustration to quite functionaldevelopment and considering Looking at models on the market, andsolutions to a design problem. Some technical drawings. These get moreof the work done in S3 will be also looking at ‘high end’ designers of challenging as the units progress. Incarried forward into the final units for international repute will help broaden computer work pupils will work on theS4. Pupils can use their sketch book/ pupils’ ideas and understanding ofhomework jotters to practice skills design issues. Gaining an understanding production of graphs, using a library ofand to collect information for their of manufacturing processes is also a images and producing their own displays.design units. Understanding, major part of the course and pupils will Advertising techniques, packaging andappreciation and creativity can also be looking at the manufacture of plastics basic construction drawing are all part ofbe inspired through personal as well as wood and metal products. It is the course. Looking at technical drawingsresearch. This is achieved by lookingat artists and designers work. intended that pupils build up their such as building plans, graphs, adverts,Examples of design in shops knowledge of working terms and are posters, commercially packaged productsmagazines and at home can be able to recognise tools and understand and magazine layouts can help pupilslooked at and thought about in terms how they should be used. Safety in theof how good they look and how well workshops is of course a major issue understand the importance of the graphicthey work as well as looking at and pupils are expected to behave techniques they are learning, in their owninternationally renowned Art & sensibly and responsibly at all times. lives and the world of work.Design. Modern Languages Intermediate 1 Standard Grade Those doing this fast-track course follow the following Those doing ‘S’ Grade have speaking and writing themes : Lifestyles, Education and Work, The Wider World, The World of Work. NABS in Speaking, assessments which are both required by SQA. These count Listening, Reading and Writing are done at the end of towards overall S4 grade, so are of great importance. each theme. Students must pass the NABS to be Speaking Tasks: allowed to sit the external exam in May. The speaking exam is done before the Easter break and is recorded to Interview about Self, Family, House and Home area. be sent to SQA. Role-play about Cinema / Sports’ Centre. The writing exam consists of four sections on personal Short talk on School and Future Plans. language and can be redrafted and learned off by heart for the external exam. It is crucial that this is done - Writing Folio Tasks: otherwise wasted marks!! Write a personal letter to introduce yourself to a new By November - NABS in Reading. Personal & Social penfriend telling them about yourself, family, house and Language, Practice in Speaking for Oral. Writing prep home area. for CV. NABS - completed by Easter: Transactional Language, Language in Work Prepare an e-mail in French, to your friend, telling them about your interests and how you spend the weekends. As all these themes are inter-related the assessment is Write a report, in French, on your school day and subjects on-going with practice in each skill: Reading, etc. Listening, Speaking, and Writing. 2
Music PE The importance of engaging in an active lifestyle has never been of greater Solo 1/ Solo 2 importance. The S3 Physical Education curriculum comprises of Core PE for everyone- this is a choice of activities which pupils will participate in 2 All pupils’ study 2 instruments in periods a week and Standard Grade PE/Intermediate 1 performance/Access Standard Grade. By the end of 3 which some pupils have chosen as a subject. In Core PE pupils will have a S3, pupils should be ready to choice of 5 activities for each block-covering a range of sports and record their Solo 2 instrument. recreational activities. These include: indoor and outdoor football, hockey, Once this is recorded, pupils can basketball, badminton, dance, fitness suite, table tennis, aerobics, self then fully concentrate on their defence, gymnastics, rugby, athletics and summer games. Solo 1 ready for the final exam in Standard Grade PE comprises of 3 periods a week in which pupils work S4. towards gaining a practical performance grade and to sitting a written exam. Standard Grade activities are football/hockey, fitness, gymnastics, basketball Listening and badminton. Some pupils have elected for only the practical performance element of Intermediate 1 PE/Access 3-this comprises of 3 periods per week By the end of S3 pupils will have in a range of activities. completed the following Pupils are expected to bring their own kit, otherwise kit will be provided by Listening topics: Instruments of P.E. staff. Kit should comprise of a plain dark t-shirt and either shorts or the Orchestra, Scottish Music, tracksuit bottoms-No football tops allowed. Should a pupil Musical Styles be injured, they should still bring kit accompanied with a note from home to Physics explain their reason for not taking At the end of each topic, pupils will be assessed on the part. These pupils will either be Those who have chosen physics will asked to assist with scoring, concepts covered. At the already know and be appreciating the refereeing, timekeeping or end of S3 pupils will be importance of physics within our 21st century complete a written given an SQA General world. The courses provide knowledge and skills which exercise related to the Listening paper to sit. will help those who study it to enjoy and understand modern current activity. Pupils life and play a full part in it. should enjoy P.E… Inventing Pupils are required In the Standard Grade course pupils have started into topics on to compose a Telecommunications or Health Physics. They will also study Using Electricity and start a topic on Transport within S3 and then they have Chemistry piece of music. topics on Electronics, Energy Matters and Space Physics to look forward to This is ongoing in S4. Homework is outlined in the booklet given to pupils and takes a All our pupils have throughout S3/ variety of forms, including the expectation of learning work as each topic started their S4. progresses. At the end of each topic there is a test which checks on the Chemistry course knowledge and understanding gained as well as the problem solving skills by studying what practiced. Some practical skills are assessed during topics but pupils will alsoBiology have to complete 2 investigations later in the year and/or into S4. chemical reactions are and how toStandard Grade The Intermediate 1 and Access 3 course has started with a study of control them.pupils are Radiations. During S3 they will also look at Telecommunications and Each pupil will haveworking on the Practical Electricity before moving on to Sound and Music, Movementfirst topic of their and Electronics in S4. For each topic there is a knowledge and a set of revision notesc o u r s e , problem solving skills test and some practical assessment of an in their class jotter andInvestigating Cells. activity. Both of these have to be passed to be awarded that they are encouraged toEach pupil has unit, and all six units have to be passed to gain the course use these for revision andhomework sheets with award. There is no final SQA exam at Access 3 level. to help completeexercises for the Topic. homework exercises.These are set at roughly All pupils will have a more formal S3fortnightly intervals. Pupils exam around Easter and the We recently developed a CDhave their notes and summary which pupils will be issued withbooklets to help with completion. prelim exams in S4.Around the middle of September shortly. This contains a full set ofpupils sat a test to assess their progress in t h e revision notes, homework exercisesfirst two sub-units. This is used to set targets to allow pupils to and links to useful websites. It isachieve maximum potential. hoped that this will encourage students to complete work at home toIntermediate 1 Biology pupils are working on their first Unit, Healthy their full potential and to provideBodies. Homework is set about fortnightly in the form of write on them with the tools necessary tosheets. undertake independent learning.The Homework sheets, summary notes and Powerpoint presentationsused in the course are available to download from ‘Glow’. Pupils willsoon be shown how to access and use ‘Glow’. Dates for your diaryPupils will be working on techniques and investigations which are S3 Parents Evening: 9 Novembercompulsory if they are to achieve an award in their final exam. Good Exams: 22 March - 1 Aprilattendance is particularly important to avoid missing any of these Reports: mid Maypractical assessments. 3
Computing Studies AdministrationThe course divides into logical blocks of work, each one of which is The pupils are currently working onassessed by written class exams, practical class tests, or both. ‘Organisation of Departments’ which will be complete and a class assessment takenOverview: by the end of September. The classesAug - Dec: Computer Systems, assessed by exam in December and will then progress onto key functions ofSoftware Development, assessed by practical tasks issued at regular departments, office layout, safe workingstages. practices and procedures, reception, mail handling, purpose of filing, filingJan: Databases, Feb: Word processing, Mar: Spreadsheets, all methods, and security of information.assessed in the last 2 periods of unit through a practical assessmentand then a 1 period exam. Most sections will have an end of unit test, unless time pressure requires thatThe S3 exams will then give an opportunity for the pupils to show some consolidation is achieved bythat they have retained all the work up to this point. The remaining homework rather than tests.time in the year will be spent completing their coursework folio bydoing an extended (10 hour) project. Any remaining time willbe spent on rounding up the other commonly usedapplications like multimedia authorware, presentations andweb development. IT Business ManagementAccounting & Finance The pupils are currently working onThe class has just sat a balance sheet test and have completed it ‘Business in Contemporary Society whichto a high standard. They will now progress onto trading, profit will be completed and assessed by the end ofand loss accounts which will be completed and assessed by the September. The classes will then progressOctober holidays. onto marketing, business information, operations, business enterprise, and decision making.After the October break work will continue with consolidated Each section will have an end of unit test andfinal accounts of a sole trader, ledger accounts, petty cash when pupils are judged to be ready a nationalstatements, and account of ‘not for profit’ organizations. assessment bank item will be used forEach one of the units work ends with a class test. certification purposes.Home Economics Hospitality Intermediate 1 LifeskillsStandard Grade This course introduces the student to This is a school based course skills used in the hospitality industry. which pupils study one period perThis is a two year course which is week .broken down into a number of units The course is designed to allow for thewhich provides variety and short term development of knowledge and skills in The basis of the course is to equipgoals for pupils. Throughout the basic food preparation techniques while our students with Lifeskills which identifying equipment and food they require to be effective citizens.course these units offer choice to suit preparation terms. The student will alsoindividual interest and expertise. gain knowledge of the principles The course includes studyingSome examples of units are:- health and diet, money associated with a range of cookeryFood in your body, Shops and processes. management, accidents andShopping, A Testing Time, Beating emergency procedures for dealing This is a practical course and students are with medical emergencies andthe Bugs, Clothes for the Family expected to be responsible individuals consumer issues. Many of theAssessment is ongoing throughout the and come prepared for lesson. areas are supported by outsidecourse. Pupils will be awarded grades speakers.for each of the three aspects of the The units assessed in S3 and S4 are:-course: Knowledge and In S3 the students are presented for Introduction to Food Preparation Accident and EmergencyUnderstanding, Handling Techniques. Introduction to Cookery Procedures which is an externalInformation, and Practical and Processes, Food hygiene for the assessment.Organisational Skills Hospitality industry, Organisation ofHomework accompanies each unit to Practical Skills. All students have the opportunityenhance learning and achievement. to participate in Heartstart training There is a 1.5 hour exam at the end of S4. at the end of the S3 course. 4