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Senior Curricular bulletin Nov10

  1. 1. Kilwinning Academy S5/6 News Nov 2010 Welcome to our Senior Curriculum Bulletin English Each year we publish curriculum bulletins to give parents more The English course involves the information about how to improve the study of Literature (short stories, novels, poems, plays) and Language (developing skillseducation of their youngsters and how to in both reading and writing).provide more homework support as theystudents began to prepare for SQA exams. SQA examination in May)an external assessment (the At each level, there will be and internal assessments Many students find the step up from S4 (held during class time). into S5/6 quite challenging and we hope The SQA exam has two papers: Close Reading and that families with students in the Critical Essay. senior phase of their education To gain a complete award (graded A, B, C or D), a will find it helpful and candidate must have gained an award in the examination and informative. must also have gained a pass in each of the following three Units:Maths ♦ Language Study (Internal assessment of Close Reading and Writing)There are 4courses offered in ♦ Literary Study (Internal assessment of unseen Textual Analysis – a shortthe senior year for piece of prose, poetry or drama with questions)Maths. These areIntermediate 1 and ♦ Personal Study (Internal assessment of a critical essay on a text of your2, Higher and own choosing).Advanced Higher.All courses are The first Unit Assessment you are likely to complete is Personal Study.split into 3 units. You should discuss appropriate texts with your teacher before the summer holiday, so that you can familiarise yourself with the text before schoolUnit assessments begins again in August.are carried outduring October, January and March.This year some of our 5th year pupilshave been fast tracked and are Religious Studiestherefore starting their second year Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies is offered aton the Higher or Intermediate 2 two levels this session: Intermediate 2 and Higher. Unitscourses. The timing of the unit have been chosen to allow both levels to be taught together which means that it is possible for pupils toassessments for these pupils will move between levels depending on progress and ability.differ. Pupils should ensure that they Throughout the course there are assessments (‘NABS’)listen carefully for the dates of these which require to be passed to permit success in the final exam. During theassessments. course we examine a world religion (Christianity), the nature of morality focusing on medical ethics (Euthanasia and Treatment of Embryos), andSupported study is offered after science and religion focusing on how everything came into being (‘Bigschool for those pupils who are Bang’, evolution, 6 day creation). Teaching and learning takes placestaking Higher, however, pupils on all using a wide variety of techniques including drama, debate, textualcourses will get additional help analysis, discussion, carouseling, video documentary, as well as reading and writing. Homework is set regularly: long and short essay questions,where required. revision and preparation tasks. 1
  2. 2. Pupils are currently studying the first Unit of their courses as Chemistry detailed below: The senior courses have a Intermediate 2: Living Cells, lot of course H i g h e r : C e l l B i o l o g y, content and Advanced Higher: Cell and Molecular Biology contain practical work that is It is a requirement of S5/6 Biology courses at all levels that pupils assessed on a undertake a practical activity and complete a full experimental write up regular basis. based on this activity. Pupils must also sit and pass an assessment at the C o n s e q u e n t l y, end of each unit of work (the NAB test). Pupils cannot pass the final pupils need to exam unless they have met both these requirements. Good attendance is develop good study habits right from particularly important in S5/6 to avoid missing any of these the start of term and regular Assessments. attendance is particularly important to avoid missing any of these Pupils at all levels can expect to have weekly homework. Homework assessments. They have been shown schedules are issued at the start of each unit so pupils know exactly what many revision techniques and should homework has to be completed and the dates it is due. be using a variety of strategies to aid their revision. Past papers are a good In addition to regular set homework, pupils at senior levels are expected source of questions to improve exam to spend a significant amount of time studying their notes, summary technique and are available from sheets and generally researching course topics. This should be done good bookshops and online. A right from the start of the course and not just prior to the exam! number of websites are available for Chemistry revision.Physics Among the best are BBC BitesizeIn Higher Physics we look at three units: Mechanics Revision at www.bbc.co.uk/education/and properties of matter, electricity and electronics, bitesize and Evans2chemweb atand radiation and matter. To gain a course award a www.evans2chemweb.co.uk.student must pass 3 unit tests (one per unit), 3 piecesof coursework and a final exam. This may sound Higher and Advanced Higher pupilsdaunting but the Unit tests and coursework are will also be issued with passwords forhurdles which will be cleared by any student who is the Scholar program of courseworking effectively. At Intermediate 2 level there materials.are 4 units: mechanics and heat, electricity andelectronics, waves and optics, and radioactivity. The course is assessed by Students studying Advanced Highera combination of internal assessment and an external examination, set and Chemistry will start the year studyingmarked by the SQA. Electronic structure and the periodic Table and this has now beenSQA Modules in Electronics at Intermediate 1 and 2 involve studying completed and assessed. Unit 2 willthree units: introduction to electronic systems, components & assembly cover the Principles of Chemicaltechniques, and combinational logic. The Electronics course is a mix of Reactions and will be completed andmainly practical work with some theory and students sit assessments assessed by Christmas. At this timethroughout as sections are completed. The course is self paced, so students will undertake a researchstudents can negotiate the material at a rate to suit their own learning and project of their own choosing whichexperience. As it is modular there is no final exam - all assessments are will be submitted to the SQA forcarried out in class. marking in March. The final Unit is Organic Chemistry. Intermediate 2 and Higher Chemistry Geography pupils also follow a 3 unit scheme of All senior classes in the Geography department are work. Deadlines for assessments are now well under way with their course work. The the October holiday for Unit 1, Higher and Intermediate classes have already looked Christmas for Unit 2 and Easter for at levels of development on a global scale and will Unit 3. move on to diseases of the developing world focusing The topics for Higher Chemistry are on Malaria. They will also be studying the physical “Energy Matters” , “The World of landscape of the UK and the processes that led to the Carbon” and “Chemical Reactions”. formation of these landscapes. The topics for Intermediate 2 are “Building Blocks”, “Carbon The Advanced Higher class are working on the statistical part of their Compounds” and “Acids, Bases and Geographical Methods and Techniques unit as well as undertaking Metals”. research, before making their final topic choice for the Geographical Issues section of the course. 2
  3. 3. FrenchPE STUDIES At Int 2 and Higher level more The importance of engaging in an active lifestyle has never emphasis is placed on the ability to been of greater importance. The Higher/Intermediate 2 write accurately in the foreign Physical Education curriculum comprises the language. Students are expected to following activities, which pupils will participate The pass two units and prepare for the in 6 periods / week: football, hockey, basketball, Active external exam in May, developing new badminton and theory. S5 & S6 ungraded Schools skills such as: spoken presentation, pupils also attend 6 periods a week and Network is participate in a range of different a team of discussion and translation. The themes activities in which they will have a people working covered will be: lifestyles, education & within the school work, and the wider world.degree of choice. Pupils are expected to being their own and the widerkit, otherwise kit will be provided by P.E. staff. Kit community in Assessments take place when theshould comprise of a plain t-shirt and either shorts Scotland. Their goal is to teacher feels the students are readyor tracksuit bottoms. Should a pupil be injured, offer all children and young Reading and Listening NABs must bethey should still bring kit accompanied with a people the motivation and completed by end April, Oralnote from home to explain their reason for opportunities to ‘get active’. presentation & discussion and Writtennot taking part. These pupils will either In practice, this means that their job is to increase the number of CV by March. All assessments takebe asked to assist with scoring,refereeing, timekeeping or opportunities for all children to get place in class under controlled engaged in physical activity and conditions. Failure to pass thecomplete a written exercise sport. They also try to buildrelated to the current activity. bridges with sports clubs and assessments mean no overall award canPupils should enjoy P.E… other community be given and withdrawal from the Mayremember it’s like all organisations, such as exam.things in life...you Kilwinning Community Students will receive a wide variety ofonly get out what Sports Club, to give homework tasks to do, both asyou put in! pupils a ‘pathway’ to continue their preparation for and follow-up to participation in classroom activities. As part of our sport outside Critical Skills/AifL techniques they Modern Studies of the will also be expected to research a The Higher Modern Studies course is offered school gates. particular grammar point, prepare and to give pupils (new voters) an insight into the processes which underpin political and social life. deliver a presentation. Topics studied involve Decision Making processes in the Scottish and UK Governments and their Functions, Wealth and Health Inequalities in the UK, and the international Music topic is America. Again Internal Assessments will All elements of the be completed throughout the year and as well Higher and Advanced as homework exercises, pupils are Currently, Higher music course expected to read newspapers and Active are under way, and Schools has a listen to news bulletins as number of pupils have a secure knowledge of current opportunities for understanding of the course affairs is an children to participate requirements. Students at these levels History advantage. in physical activity. Among the activities on have to perform on two instruments at a demanding level, and pupils are The topics studied offer are: dodgeball, in Higher History are encouraged to take advantage of the gymnastics, cheerleading, music department’s facilities for “Britain 1850-79, Russia basketball, table-tennis and many 1881-1921, and more. Activities are normally held practice, during and out with school Appeasement and the Road to at lunchtime and afterschool and time. War”. Pupils will sit Internal details of what’s on, at what time can The first Listening test on Assessments throughout the term. be found on the notice boards in Renaissance music is planned for the The Extended Essay, which is marked the P.E department. third week in September. There For further information on follows a Solo assessment on 23/24 externally, will be completed in March. what Active Schools is Regular homework exercises will be September: one piece on each doing in Kilwinning instrument should be played fluently. given. Some of the notes and homework please contact: Steven exercises are available on the school website. Stirrat, Active The first Invention was due for Schools Co- completion on 2 Novmber. ordinator Tel: The first section of Advanced Higher The Intermediate sections will 0 7 7 7 1 Investigative Study, complete with study “From the Cradle to the Grave, 505065. musical quotes and bibliography, Social Welfare in Britain 1890s 1951, should be finished by Wednesday, 11 the Red Flag: Lenin and the Russian November. Revolution 1894-1921, and the Road to War Higher and Advanced Higher pupils 1933-39”. Again Internal Assessments, and are reminded that, to the best of their homework exercises will be completed ability, they should have learned throughout the year and an Extended Response is their complete recital programmes completed in March and marked externally. These for the Prelim examinations, when topics allow pupils to build on the knowledge and skills their playing will be recorded. learned in Standard Grade History. 3
  4. 4. C0mputing and Administration Home Economics The aim of the S5/6 curriculum in Hospitality is to buildThe Higher Administration course on acquired practical food preparation skills and toconsists of 2 units (Administrative improve confidence in the ability of pupils to prepareServices and Information Technology for dishes suitable for sale in the Hospitality industry.Management), one of 40 hours and onefor 80 hours. These run in parallel with The units are: Practical Cookery, Food Preparation forcompletion of both units scheduled for the Healthy Eating, and Foods of the world.Easter break in 2010. Classes will have aseries of small class tests as sections of Pupils will be trained to prepare and cook dishes to aunits are completed but the first large assessment will be standard required by the hospitality industry, whilethe prelim exam in January. Unit assessments will be carrying out procedures to the hygienic standard requiredcompleted as judged suitable by the class teacher. by industry.The Administration course at Intermediate 2 level consistsof 3 x 40 hour units (Administrative Services, Information In all areas of practical cookery pupils will be expectedTechnology for Administrators, and Presenting and to follow the departmental rules of coming prepared withCommunicating Information). Two of the units should be containers and additional ingredients as required.completed prior to Christmas and therefore be included inthe January prelim with the third unit being completed The course will be delivered at Intermediate 2 level. Itafter the prelims. may be delivered at Intermediate 1 level to pupils, following consultation to meet the needs of theThe Business Management course at Intermediate 2 and individual. All three units must be successfullyHigher consists of 3 x 40 hour units (Business Enterprise, complete prior to 30 April.Business Decision Areas: Marketing and Operations, andBusiness Decision Areas: Finance and Human Resource The examination will be carried out inManagement) and it is planned to have two of the units class, supervised and marked by thecomplete by Christmas, with the third being completed class teacher. An external verifier mayafter the January prelims. visit the school to observe and mark the examination.The Computing and Information Systems coursesboth consist of three units of work which have thesame or similar titles at both Higher and Art Important DatesIntermediate 2 level. Both of these courses will • Prelims begin Januaryrun the two core units in parallel starting • S5/6 Parents Eveningimmediately after the summer holidays and & Decemberhopefully seeing unit assessments • SQA Exams begin Aprilcompleted by the Christmas break.January brings a short period of revision Designbefore the prelims in January and the Contacting school The Art and Design Kilwinning Academy,third unit should be complete by the department offers senior pupils aEaster break. A second prelim will Dalry Road, range of levels from Intermediate 1 Kilwinningbe scheduled as part of exam right through to Advanced Higher inpreparation. This structure is KA13 7HD sixth year. Our Intermediate and Higher 01294 551316summarised below: courses require the students to produce both contactus@kilwinning.n- Expressive and Design units, as well as an Art ayrshire.sch.uk and Design Studies unit.Aug - Dec: Computer Within these units there are a wide range of choicesSystems, Software www.kilwinning- available, from still life, portraiture, landscape and built academy.co.ukDevelopment, Database environment in the Expressive unit, to graphics, fashion andSystems, Using textiles, product design and architecture in the Design unit.Information. Feb - Students enjoy working with a wide range of media such asApril: Computer painting, ceramics and pottery, silk painting and printmaking.Networking, The Advanced Higher course gives pupils the opportunity to exploreInformation Design or Expressive themes in a deeper and very personal way. This canSystems, provide them with the opportunity to find out more about themselves andApplied provides a bridge to Further or Higher Education. Many pupils have gone on toMultimedia. study subjects such as Architecture, Graphic Design, Illustration, Fashion and even for those going on to study the sciences or other arts, the visual literacy they acquire can be invaluable. 4

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