Assessing Working Scientifically in KS2 Science

In moving away from levels, it became a lot harder to assess Key Stage 2 science; the unrelated nature of the different sections of the curriculum means it is difficult to decide if a child is making progress.  Add to that the complexity of the working scientifically module and the possible lack of confidence from staff, and soon you can have an uphill struggle on your hands.  In response to this many schools have been using schemes of work that … [Read more...]

Possible Misconceptions in Science

Research suggests that the knowledge of the KS1 & KS2 science curriculum of a teacher is an important part of delivering an engaging learning experience for children. This is especially hard for Key Stage 2 teachers, requiring an intricate knowledge across all areas of the primary science curriculum. Recent efforts in teacher training have tried to address this, but have failed to recognise the key concept that supports learning; being aware … [Read more...]

Assessing Working Scientifically in KS1 Science

In moving away from levels, it became a lot harder to assess Key Stage 1 science; the unrelated nature of the different sections of the curriculum means it is difficult to decide if a child is making progress.  Add to that the complexity of the working scientifically module and the possible lack of confidence from staff, and soon you can have an uphill struggle on your hands.  In response to this many schools have been using schemes of work that … [Read more...]

Practical Work in Key Stage 1 Science

Practical Work is an integral part of Key Stage 1 science lessons, you can't create the fantastic scientist of tomorrow without giving them a chance to get their hands grubby today.  But practical work in KS1 science it notoriously badly done, with the point of the practical work getting lost in the chaos of broken test tubes and excitable children. It's time to change the reason for practical work away from showing children a phenomenon, to … [Read more...]

Using Group Work in Primary Science

Research has shown that working in groups improves the quality of childrens conceptual grasp and decision making ability. Both of these are an important part of science, yet it is common to see groups in primary science simply as a way to cope with limited resources. Teachers need to make sure they are using every opportunity to improve the learning in their primary school, and primary science group work is fantastic way to do it! In this … [Read more...]

Questions: The Heart of Science

Science is about asking questions, right through from Early Years to Universities and beyond.  Effective questioning in primary science is therefore a vital part of teaching the KS1 and KS2 curriculum, especially when teaching 'Working Scientifically'.  The children asking science questions is fantastic, but how we answer them and support them through the different topics really does make a difference.  Primary Science should be all about finding … [Read more...]