Science Assessment for old and new

Here are some assessment materials I have made for the current and the new curriculum. As year groups are disapplied from the old curriculum schools  can begin to use the new curriculum and assessment materials, or whatever forms of assessment they choose. The DfE will eventually provide exemplars and a framework. Assessment for the whole curriculum will be narrative type assessment of where pupils are and what next rather than levels or grades. This is in line with Dylan Wiliams and Paul Blacks’ original idea of ‘comment only’ feedback! It might just work as it’s far better for pupils and parents to know what the children can do and what they need to do next rather than a grade or a number. ‘My child’s a level 3’ is pretty meaningless really! My overall feel is that the primary science curriculum has been simplified, yet most of the content remains with emphasis on core science enquiry skills progression through investigation. Remember all science knowledge is temporary anyway!!  Yikes! 

Primary Science Curriculum Assessment Record 2014

Present NC Science Enquiry Assessment record

Year 1 Individual Pupil Science Assessment Record I will make up these for every year group soon ready for 2014 – this is a more AFL friendly approach to assessment than a whole class document for teachers to tick and pupils to never see. Also, in theory this type of sheet could be used for reporting to parents?

Any thoughts welcome please.

The New Science Curriculum

Here’s the Powerpoint from the last inset I gave to Lewisham Science Subject Leaders.

Teaching science under the new curriculum powerpoint

It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you all and share all our ideas about the best way forward for primary science.The more we all work together the better it’ll be. It’s time teachers took ownership of teaching and stopped having government ‘things’ dropped on us! I hope this is useful for those who want to go over what we discussed or if you need to show it to others to go over the main changes in the new curriculum. My grateful thanks to Julia Miller who’s given me lots of great advice and of course Stuart Naylor – the master of primary science!