New primary science curriculum ASE course

Details of the course
The New Primary Science Curriculum – what should it look like in the classroom?
Saturday 9 November 2013, 9.15am-12.30pm at Riverside Community Primary School, Leicestershire.

What are the changes in the Primary curriculum? How much will you have to change your practice? How can you use it to promote better science teaching across your primary school?
The main session by our popular and successful presenter will be authoritive, down to earth, and full of ideas that relate to the reality of the primary school. It will cover the impact of the new primary science curriculum and what it actually means for those of us teaching it in the classroom.

Presenter: Nicola Beverley
ASE North and East Midlands Region and Education CPD+ jointly present:
This session is suitable for everyone teaching in a primary school, not just science co-ordinators. Students, Teaching assistants, tutors and non members are welcome.

And also a brief introduction to
Richard III – A Cross Curricular outreach resource from Leicester University Presented by Charlotte Barratt
The presentation will demonstrate what is available for year 5 and 6 pupils, developed by the genetics and archaeology departments, related to the discovery and verification of the remains of Richard III in a Leicester car park. A good chance to include a local and topical issue into your school, as expected by OFSTED.

A super start by meeting Hannah Boydon (@boydon1967) as I walked in, always lovely to meet fellow tweechers in person!

The meeting was packed with lots of students but a huge number of teaching staff too.

Nicola Beverly started with some inspiration from David Attenborough

Great introduction for living things, ask children to link these clips to their own experience of science.

History of the curriculum development from Nicola, she recommends very strongly uh at you make sure you have the final version that was released in September 2013. Anne Goldsworthy was instrumental in shaping the new curriculum and her blog looks very interesting http://annegoldsworthy.wordpress.comAnne Goldsworthy .

News from the DfE
New curriculum from 2014, except yr 6 and 2 that follow existing NC, year 3/4 may be disapplied if schools want to explore new curriculum this year. Levels will be removed, first new tests in English, maths, science, will be in summer 2016. Sample questions available from summer 2014. Sample testing for science will continue biennially, levelled this year, but next time without levels.

Look to Primary Quality Science Mark gold schools as centres for sharing good practice in new curriculum and its assessment. Publishers are looking to a support the new curriculum but must remember that anything available now will be very unlikely to have the the new curriculum embedded properly within it.

Looking at age related expectation against programs of study. Age related in terms of year groups not chronological age. Curriculum mastery model, need to look for progress and mastery at mid key stage two as well says year 6. On track, mastered or exceeded. Feels very similarly to the foundation stage curriculum. Strong element of teacher assessment.

When looking at the curriculum don’t forget to look at the introduction. Many positives here, including : flexibility to move content within the Key Stages, speaking and listening (in both key stages) and good links to maths.

Getting ready for the new curriculum

  • Working scientifically – new version of scientific enquiry
    Review long term mapping for the science curriculum in school.
    Identify our own, and colleagues CPD to develop subject knowledge.
  • Working scientifically
    Must be thoroughly integrated, not taught separately. Notes and guidance within the programmes of study show how this can be embedded, do not use the examples as a scheme, can work outside this.
    5 types of enquiry mentioned in each overview of the year group summaries.
    Ways to answer their OWN questions (even in KS1)
    1. Observing changes over time
    2. Noticing patterns
    3. Grouping and classifying
    4. Simple comparative tests (including fair tests with controlled variables and comparative tests)
    5. Finding out by using secondary sources (research)

    Good exercise to do with staff is a sorting exercise – list of questions that children might ask and then think how we could address these working scientifically. Resources is available from Nicola, add in some questions from our children. Or generate a quality question for each type of enquiry from a object like a plant.


  • are the skills of working scientifically embedded within the school?
    Are you teaching the full range of enquiry types?
    Is there progression in working scientifically?
    Are the children’s questions used?
  • Working scientifically is a good place to start thinking about the new curriculum and something we can start to introduce now.

    Programme of study
    Long term projects encouraged, planting seeds that grow over several months, not just having to use cress because it grows quickly. Handout shows how progression works across the year and across different years. Big implications for planning! Revisit over the year, quality learning child centred learning is possible and in fact encouraged. Huge opportunities to expand but big implications for building on knowledge developed every year.

    Changing world
    Are children experiencing Our Changing World? Over TIME.
    Outdoor learning – a key area to develop
    Do they can can they grow things? Not just KS1! Observing change over an entire growing season.
    How is seasonal change celebrated?
    Woodland trust native detectives have some great materials for good scientific enquiry outdoors, RSPB, butterfly trust.

    Curriculum is a basic entitlement, not the whole story (particularly at key stage one). Must be embedded in our situation and circumstances.

    ASE business
    ASE curriculum in January. Saturday session is primary focused. Support for PQSM, accreditation through ASE for recognition in science education. Fast track to registered science teacher with 2 years experience plus science degree.

    Charlotte Barratt
    University of Leicester – Richard III cross curricular outreach
    All free 🙂 just transport costs if you are going to the university.
    Very interdisciplinary discovery – archaeology, genetics, engineering, history, English, maths, medieval research, law.
    Each of those university departments have well establish outreach course and resources for schools. Working with the Leicester museums, cathedral and county council heritage services. Working with the dig site and the Guild Hall.

    Offering year 5/6 campus sessions for genetics and archaeology. Sessions at botanic gardens (uses of plants and seeds), downloadable resources online. Master classes in Shakespeare. Will also skype chat with schools with archaeologists from the dig. Covers local heritage for new national curriculum. Fits with history elements for medieval period, famous person.

    Online resources and lesson plans : University of Leicester Richard III outreach

    Free book with the session today looks useful:




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