Madras College

S1 Science Course

In S1 pupils follow an integrated science course which includes aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These courses contribute to each young person becoming a successful learner, a confident individual, a responsible citizen and an effective contributor. The courses are, in general, formed from five broad areas namely;


• Planet Earth

• Forces, electricity and waves

• Biological systems

• Materials

• Topical science.


The delivery of scientific knowledge is done within familiar contexts drawing on historical and Scottish examples and exploring cross curricular connections. The courses provide opportunities for pupils to develop and practise a range of inquiry and investigative skills, scientific analytical thinking skills, and develop attitudes and attributes of a scientifically literate citizen. The science experience in S1 also supports the development of a range of skills for life and skills for work, including literacy and numeracy.


Here are the units of study covered in S1: 


Variety of Life

This course examines the classification of Invertebrates, Vertebrates, Plants and Microbes. It also describes the organisation of complex organisms.

Health and Wellbeing

Describes how the human body works paying particular attention to cells and their function, different body systems, the sense organs and how humans reproduce.

Variety of Life Powerpoint Health and Wellbeing Powerpoint


This course looks at Diet, Digestion and the Breathing in Humans.

Staying Alive

Examines Blood and Circulation and the Skeleton and Movement.

Ourselves Powerpoint Staying Alive Powerpoint

Matter and Acids and Alkalis

Explores the changing states of matter and physical methods of separating mixtures. Pupils measure and adjust pH and describe the significance of pH in everyday life.

Periodic Table and Chemical Reactions

Develops knowledge of the periodic table and explores the making and breaking down of compounds. Experiments involving rates of reacti


Elements, Compounds and Mixtures

Explores atoms and molecules with respect to elements and compounds. The uses of metals in relation to their physical properties is also examined.

Chemical Reactions

Develops knowledge of the evidence for a chemical reaction. By experiment pupils investigate the reactivity series and displacement reactions.

on and the earth’s natural materials are carried out.



Overpopulation, global warming, pollution and finite resources mean that soon humanity will have to consider colonising another planet. In this thematic unit, pupils are tasked with learning about light, forces and renewable energy to enable them to plan and carry out a successful mission to survey a planet to see if it is suitable for colonisation. Pupils will investigate the known solar system, will develop their understanding of light and radiations in the electromagnetic spectrum, investigate the effects of friction and gravity on objects and consider the energy needs of the settlers.


This topic focuses on two forms of energy: Heat and Electricity. They will develop their understanding of the methods of heat transfer and investigate strategies to reduce heat loss and conserve energy. Electricity as a means of transferring energy will be explored by investigating circuits and building chemical cells. Pupils will learn about series and parallel circuits and of electrical and electronic components.