Primary Science Teaching Trust

Through structured writing and speaking, pupils retrieve and reorganise their knowledge as they communicate their mental representation of a scientific idea. Pupils encounter the full range of objects and phenomena they are studying through both laboratory and fieldwork. These encounters should take pupils beyond their everyday experiences to develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about the material world.

Online resources match what the curriculum is intending pupils to learn and are not a source of errors/misconceptions. Once disciplinary knowledge is introduced, it is used and developed in a range of different substantive contexts. Knowledge is sequenced to make the deep structure of the scientific disciplines explicit. As well as seeking coherence within and between the scientific disciplines, pupils need to make relevant connections between knowledge from other subject disciplines, for example between mathematics and physics. Scientific processes such as observation, classification or identifying variables are always taught in relation to specific substantive knowledge. Disciplinary knowledge (identified in the ‘working scientifically’ sections of the national curriculum) comprises knowledge of concepts as well as procedures.

Pupils need opportunities in lessons to recap and to orally rehearse and structure their thoughts, using scientific language. This is important in helping them to use scientific language clearly and precisely. Young pupils benefit from using talk to rehearse their text before they write it.

ASE is the professional association for teachers of science and exists to improve the teaching of science. Early-stage teachers in particular have timetables that allow them to develop expertise in one science and that do not give them too many key stages to teach. Science teachers engage with subject associations, and take responsibility, with support from the school, for developing their own subject knowledge throughout their career. Technicians provide a crucial role in supporting high-quality practical work in schools.

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