# Parent letter secondary topics term 2 2017

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1. 1. Secondary Topics Term 2 2017 English S1 /S2 Reading Stone Cold by Robert Swindells, a book that focuses on the plight of homeless young people. Although it is set in London, the difficulties people face are not unique to that location and can be found in many major cities in the UK. Pupils will be exploring characterisation, structure and language as well as producing writing in a range of forms such as letters, articles and diaries. S3 Studying the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy in preparation for National 5. We have started the term with War Photographer. They will also be reviewing their portfolios of evidence, which may be entered for National 4 at the end of this school year. S4 Redrafting their creative essays and continuing to explore 6 short stories in Hieroglyphics by Anne Donovan, which is their National 5 Scottish text. They will be thematically linking these stories and working on how to structure a critical essay. Mathematics and Numeracy S1 Number Decimal fractions and formal written methods Algebra Equations Number Fractions, Decimal fractions, percentages Holistic testing S2 Expressions and Equations Algebra introducing brackets Data and Analysis Averages Fractions, Decimal Fractions and Percentages Adding and subtracting fractions S3 Angle, symmetry and transformation Congruent and Similar shapes
2. 2. Properties of 2D shapes Pythagoras Properties of 2D shapes Trigonometry Angle, symmetry and transformation Circles 2, (Tangents, Arcs and sectors) S4 Unit 2 Relationships Determining the equation of a straight line, given the gradient Working with linear equations and inequations Working with simultaneous equations Changing the subject of a formula Recognising and determine the equation of a quadratic function from its graph Sciences S1/S2 Science: Biological systems Atoms, elements and compounds S3 Chemistry: Atomic structure and bonding related to properties of materials Chemical changes and structure o Covalent and ionic bonding o Chemical formulae o Acids and bases S3 Biology: DNA and the production of proteins Proteins Genetic engineering Respiration S3 Physics This term the S3 students will be looking at Radioactivity. They will investigate the different types of emissions from radioactive sources as well at looking at nuclear power stations and considering equations related to the dosage received by people working with radioactive sources. This topic will tie in with other subjects such as Chemistry. We will also consider the Chernobyl explosion and its subsequent effects on health and the environment.
3. 3. S4 Biology: Transport systems Plants Transport systems Animals Absorption of materials Social Subjects: Geography S1/S2 What is going on under the Earth? What is the earth made of? Where do volcanoes and earthquakes occur? What happens at plate boundaries? What are earthquakes? What are volcanoes? S3 Global Issues: Health: AIDS ( distribution, cause, effects and treatment ) Global Issues: Hazards Structure of the Earth Crustal Plates and Plate Boundaries Volcanoes ( Causes, Impact, Management ) Earthquakes ( Causes, Impact, Management) Tropical Storms ( Causes, Impact, Management ) S4 Global Issues: Hazards Structure of the Earth Crustal Plates and Plate Boundaries Volcanoes (Causes, Impact, Management) Earthquakes (Causes, Impact, Management) Tropical Storms (Causes, Impact, Management) National 5 Coursework: (for those students working towards a National 5 qualification). 1 hour exam using information gathered during the National 4 AVU completed last Term. National 3 Study: (for those students working towards a National 3 qualification). Processing and write up of information collected over the Summer/October 2017 break.
4. 4. Social Subjects: History S1/S2 Early peoples 10,000BC 600AD in Scotland and Britain (1 week) Civilisations: including choices from The Ancient Egyptians, People of The Indus Valley, Ancient China, Romans (4 Weeks) A History Mystery: (2 Weeks) This will give students the opportunity to o Develop skills of question formulation, deduction, reasoning, group work and structured writing. S3/4 Module: The Atlantic Slave Trade 1770-1807 (Scottish Topic) Britain and The Caribbean The Captives Experience and Slave Resistance The Abolitionists Campaigns: 1. Origins of the Abolitionist Movement & its increased support within & outside Parliament 2. Role of key players in the Abolitionist Campaign, such as William Wilberforce 3. Arguments of the Abolitionists:- Christian, Humanitarian & Economic. 4. Methods used by the Abolitionists 5. Defenders of the Trade 6. Reasons for the Delay in the abolition of the Trade 7. Reasons for the eventual abolition of the Trade Assessment National 4 Value Added Unit & Preparation for National 5 Exam Essay National 4 Personal Project completed in class & at home. No examination, internally marked National 5- Preparation for a one hour essay conducted under exam conditions, externally marked. Essay topic chosen by student with guidance Health and Food Technology S1 This term the students in S1 will be looking at the energy contents of food and how this relates to their physical activity and well being. They will be using the Explore Food program, which enables them to calculate the energy and