S1/2

 

 

S1/S2
 
Transitions
The move from primary to secondary school is an exciting time in a child’s school career. It is also one that can cause anxiety for some children. Kirkintilloch High School has an excellent transition programme, designed to ensure the move from primary to secondary is a seamless, stress-free experience.
 
A parents’ open evening in September/October affords both parents and P7 pupils the opportunity to have a guided tour around Kirkintilloch High School. You will witness high school pupils at work in departments across the school, see the fantastic environment and resources available and have the chance to ask questions that you may already have.
 
Pupils from our cluster primaries, Gartconner, Harestanes, Hillhead, Oxgang and Twechar, will visit the school on many different occasions throughout their P7 year, having the chance to visit many varied departments and meet teaching staff. If your child does not attend one of the cluster primary schools, please contact the school office on 0141 955 2372 to discuss with the relevant Depute Head Teacher the transition process.
 
It is a big thing moving from Primary School where you are in one classroom with one teacher all day to moving around 6 or 7 different subjects with different teachers in a number of different locations each day. For this reason, Primary 7 pupils visit Kirkintilloch High School for three induction days so that they can experience life as a high school pupil. The induction days are in June just before the August you start Kirkintilloch High School. Throughout these days pupils will follow a timetable, which takes them to some of the subjects that they will be taking when they are pupils at Kirkintilloch High School.

 
Curriculum
One of the key principles of a Curriculum for Excellence is that all children should receive a well rounded education. This is known as a Broad General Education, taking children from pre-school through to the end of S3. Pupils in Kirkintilloch High School study the BGE, meaning that they engage in courses from the following general curriculum areas: Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Languages, Mathematics, Religious and Moral Education, Sciences, Social Studies and Technologies. In Kirkintilloch High School we operate a 33 period week, meaning either a 6 period day or a 7 period day.
 
A useful guide to the BGE can be found by clicking here.
 
Interdisciplinary Learning (IDL)
During the course of S1 and S2, pupils are given the opportunity to link their learning across different curricular areas – this is called Interdisciplinary Learning or IDL. The IDL experiences connect different departments across the school. Examples of IDL projects include: Chinese Culture, which is studied across Art, Geography, Home Economics, ICT, Mathematics and Religious and Moral Education and Spies, which is studied across Science, Drama, English and Mathematics.
 
More information about IDL can be found by clicking here:
 
Extra-curricular clubs and activities
Kirkintilloch High School is very proud of the varied range of extra-curricular activities that are available to the pupils. These activities and clubs take place either during lunchtimes or at the end of the school day, and include, Computer Animation Club, Homework Club, Football Training, Rugby Training, Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh, Library Assistants, Book Group, Debating Club, School Show, School Band and Choir.
 
More details of the extra-curricular activities available in S1/2 (2016/17) are listed here: