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Welcome to Castlebrae Community High School Science departent

Aims of the Department

Share ideas and learn from experience.

Contribute to the overall school aims in terms of the personal and social development of pupils.

Inspire and motivate pupils to produce work of the highest quality.

Encourage good communications and relationships with pupils, staff and parents.

New, innovative and fun ways to learn about science creating optimum learning opportunities for all, extending the more able whilst supporting the less able.

Create an ethos of respect and value all pupils equally regardless of ability.

Experience and Youth – Pupils and staff working together with a clear focus on Learning and Teaching

What is Science

Science is the study of the world around us. Scientists learn about their subject by observing, describing, and experimenting. There are many subjects and branches of science. Some study outer space like astronomy. Other sciences study life (biology) or the earth (geology) or even matter and energy (physics).

What will I learn?

Our S1 and S2 courses have been redesigned with aims:

  • Developing essential skills for success in science in senior phase
  • Develop pupils interest and enthusiasm in science and careers in science
  • Linking classroom learning to everyday life
  • Using a wide approaches to engage pupils and make learning fun.

The S1 and 2 curriculum has been designed to incorporate the experiences and outcomes of the Curriculum for Excellence that are expected to be covered at Level 3 and Level 4.


The pupils will be taught by one teacher and will combine the study of Physics, Chemistry and Biology together in each of the topic areas. Pupil progress is assessed using a holistic approach combining classwork, homework and end of topic assessments.

Pupils are expected to complete at least two pieces of homework per topic and an end of topic assessment.

Click on the topics below access the resources for each topic

S1 Topics

S2 Topics

  • Chemistry of the Earth (Chemistry)
  • Forensic Science (Chemistry)
  • Rocket Science (Physics)
  • Life in the Universe (Physics/Biology)
  • Inheritance (Biology)

S1 and 2 Skills challenges