Welcome to Montrose Academy
In S1 pupils will study 5 topics. The first topic is on Investigation skills where pupils design and carry out their own experiments and learn how to use the apparatus in the science labs safely.
Other topics include Space and Gravity, Particles and Gases of the Air, Cells, Reproduction and Adaptation, Electricity, Water and Earth.
Pupils keep record of their summative assessments, their strengths and targets throughout the year.
In S2 pupils continue to work as they have in S1 but the topics change.
They study 6 topics, Energy Heat and Forces, Body Systems and Defence,
Substances and Periodic Table, Light and Photosynthesis, Reactions of Acids,
In S3 pupils will study Physics, Chemistry and Biology on a 12 week rotation.
They will carry out practical work which will help them develop the skills required for their Nat 4 or Nat 5 assignments in S4.
They will be assessed at the end of each 12 week period.
Senior Phase (S4-S6)
In the Senior Phase the department offers Nat 4, Nat 5, Higher and Advanced Higher in each of the subjects
Each of the courses show progression and if sitting Nat 5 it is important that the student passes this subject before being allowed entry into a Higher course.
Students must pass Higher courses to be allowed entry into Advanced Higher.
There is a large emphasis on developing scientific skills and problem solving skills. A good background in Maths is also helpful to enable pupils to cope with the problem solving aspect of the course.
Skills for Learning, Life and Work are embedded in all courses.
Students are successful in achieving in the sciences and the qualifications allow pupils to enter college for courses such as engineering, child care, hairdressing, sport science, lab technician.
They also allow many students to achieve apprenticeships in the local area.
Many students go to University to study sciences in degree courses which leads many to go down exciting paths which they may not have even thought about at school.