Curriculum Mapped Resources
Encouraging Practical and Investigative Science in Education!
Recent Science Curriculum Changes
The recent updates to the curriculum have introduced a significant change in the approach taken to practical and investigative science. Previously, the majority of marks awarded for ‘How Science Works’, (HSW) were for the practical skills set by teachers or ISAs set by the board. There is now a more open-ended practical scheme consisting of required practical tasks, where skills are assessed within the written papers.
Curriculum time is limited and it is important that all activities especially practical and investigative activities are purposeful and make a worthwhile contribution to learning. The ‘Getting Practical’ project was based on the paper, 'Analysing Practical Activities to Assess and Improve Effectiveness: The Practical Activity Analysis Inventory (PAAI)', by Robin Millar of York University, 2009.
The paper promotes purposeful and effective practical work where students engage fully with practical work: ‘Hands On! Minds On!’ This document aims to identify opportunity for effective practical work which supports students to work scientifically. It is not expected that schools will attempt all of these practical activities. However, it is hoped that teachers will see the value of these possibilities for practical work, especially in conjunction with the suggested purposes.
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These resources support science departments to integrate engaging and purposeful activities within their current schemes of learning and cover:
> Highlight opportunities for practical and investigative science throughout the KS3 National Curriculum, AS/A-Level and GCSE Specifications
> Highlight the relevant curriculum for AQA; OCR 21st Century; OCR Gateway; Edexcel; and WJEC exam boards
> Identify possible purposes for each activity and the required equipment to successfully carry the activity out
> Highlight common misconceptions which pupils may have
> Identify the key vocabulary in the different science curriculum
Resources Download Information
Having released all of the KS3 and AS/A-Level curriculum resources earlier last year all of these are available to download via the link below.
The GCSE resources are available as follows:
> AVAILABLE NOW: Single and Combined Sciences AQA, Edexcel, WJEC, OCR 21st Century and OCR Gateway Physics, Chemistry and Biology
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