The school is now closed to the vast majority of pupils. This is a partial closure and we remain open to younger pupils whose parents are key workers. Following updated Government advice S4-6 pupils will no longer be able to access school to complete SQA coursework and assignments. We are awaiting an update from the SQA but in the meantime we would ask that all S4-S6 do not attend school. For all pupils learning will continue online.
The new primary science base at Kingarth Street was opened by Professor Williams in November 2017. The dedicated science area offers a superb climate for “hands on” experiments in a child-friendly environment, including high-tech smartboard technology.
Pupils from P1-7 are encouraged to discover and explore science topics through an investigative curriculum. Our primary science programme nurtures the children’s natural curiosity and wonder through active learning. We encourage questioning and the development of skills which teach how science works and why it is important to the world.
We benefit from excellent liaison with our Beaton Road Science departments, the Infant pupils regularly participate in experiments about Ice and Fireworks with the secondary school science teachers.
Technology Clubs, held during lunch times, are offered throughout the school and give children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products.
The P6&7 Technology Clubs constructed bike racks for pupils taking part in cycle training and made nest boxes which were sold at the Christmas Fair in aid of the school’s charity. Other projects have included designing and building a machine to test a way of moving tomatoes safely downhill without damaging them and building a working matchbox pinhole camera. All activities at these well-attended clubs help nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.
Code club develops computational thinking to solve problems. It runs every Wednesday lunchtime and the children learn to create games rather than just play them.
Activities involve creating games in Scratch, solving puzzles in Logo and programming the BBC Micro Bit. There are many challenges in the Hour of Code website where children get the chance to explore and produce their own worlds while coding the game.
Children get the opportunity to create websites using HTML and Mozilla Thimble and the design and create graphics, animations and movies.