S1 and S2 Science



Mrs Stewart –  Curriculum Leader Science

Mr Coltart    –  Curriculum Leader Science

Mrs Allan-Brown

Miss Dickinson

Miss Lyall –  Chartered teacher

Miss McCartan


Miss McKenna

Miss O’Connor

Mrs Oram

Dr Oudney

Mr Russell

Dr Smith

Dr Wallace

S1 and S2 Science at James Gillespie’s High School


The integrated Science course pupils follow in S1 and S2 contains topics on areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This gives pupils an idea of what each individual Science entails as well as allowing them to discover where there interest and abillities lie.  These topics are usually 5 or 6 weeks in duration and involve a large degree of practical experimental work. Pupils are often required to work in pairs or small groups and must develop their abilities to work together effectively.


Pupils will have experienced all of the third level CfE outcomes by the end of S2 and in some cases been working towards level 4 outcomes such as the study of Electronics at the end of the Electricity topic in S2. This course has been designed to give pupils the interest, knowledge and skills required to study the Sciences in S3 and beyond.


Profiling and Skills development


Something which we consider to be a key factor in continual improvement and progression here at James Gillespie’s High School is pupil’s own self-evaluation of their learning. This is something we start to teach pupils in our S1 Science course and continues from there on. Pupils are encouraged to keep a short record of their learning, highlighting areas of strength as well as forming next steps. This is particularly useful in tracking the many skills, whether it’s specifically scientific practical skills or those in literacy and numeracy, that pupils gain through studying Science.

To access Science course resources on SharePoint, click here.

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