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How Science Works 1. Data, evidence, theories and explanations 2. Practical and enquiry skills 4. Applications and implications of science Argument! 3.

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1 How Science Works 1. Data, evidence, theories and explanations 2. Practical and enquiry skills 4. Applications and implications of science Argument! 3. Communication skills

2 What is Science? What do Scientists do? Why is Science changing? How is science changing? What is our understanding of HSW? What is the Progression in Scientific enquiry skills? Talking about HSW, moving our understanding forward Joint planning in pairs or 3s? (PDR) Application Some example lesson plans and resources Next steps Session outline Outcomes- What Im Looking For You will know you have been successful if you have :- discussed what science is and developed understanding of How Science Works. have looked at and discussed progression in Sci enquiry skills have developed a departmental understanding of How Science Works and have started to jointly plan a lesson

3 Outcomes- What Im Looking For You will know you have been successful if you have :- discussed what science is and developed understanding of How Science Works. have looked at and discussed progression in Scientific enquiry skills have developed a departmental understanding of How Science works and have started to jointly plan a lesson

4 What is Science? What do scientists do? Watch / listen to the starter. What do you think? Agree as a pair. (Think, pair, share).

5 Why is KS4 (and 3) Science changing?

6 The school science curriculum has two jobs to do. Access to basic scientific literacy The first stages of a training in science for all for a minority There is an inherent tension between these aims. The key issue (Beyond 2000) - or what do we teach Science for? 2

7 Comments on existing GCSE science … recent research would suggest that pupils experience is structured by a curriculum that is dominated by content requiring their teachers to frogmarch them across the scientific landscape. The pedagogy commonly used by such a curriculum is heavily reliant on transmission and one-way communication of information, and lacks a variety of teaching approaches. Assessment of Science Learning 14–19, A report prepared by Kings College London, © Royal Society,

8 Comments on existing GCSE science Although certain features such as the opportunity to engage in empirical enquiry do appeal, other elements such as the crammed and content-laden nature of the curriculum, the lack of opportunities for discussion, the considerable repetition of subject matter, and the overuse of copying have led to the voicing of many well- articulated complaints. In many cases the outcome has been the formation of negative attitudes towards one or more of the sciences. Assessment of Science Learning 14–19, A report prepared by Kings College London, © Royal Society,

9 What do pupils want to learn about in science? 1.Explosive Chemicals 2.How it feels to be weightless in space 3.How the atomic bomb functions 4.Biological and Chemical Weapons and what they do to the human body 5.Black holes, supernovae and other spectacular objects in space 1.Why we dream when we are sleeping and what the dreams may mean 2.Cancer, what we know and how we can treat it 3.How best to perform first-aid and use basic medical equipment 4.How to exercise to keep the body fit and strong 5.Sexually transmitted diseases and how to be protected against them.

10 How science works More than just scientific enquiry Emphasises the role of evidence and how scientists work Highlights benefits, drawbacks and risks and cost of scientific developments Implies a context of contemporary science Offers the possibility of real progression from KS3 Will require different approaches to teaching and learning to those currently prevalent in KS4 Content as context – The relationship between how science works and the content

11 In pairs Find the set of cards which have the statements from the PoS for KS4 How Science Works. Match each card statement with appropriate statement(s) from the KS3 PoS for Scientific Enquiry. Place each card in the most sensible position on the handout You have 5 minutes

12 How Science Works 1. Data, evidence, theories and explanations 2. Practical and enquiry skills 4. Applications and implications of science Argument! 3. Communication skills

13 In pairs plan a lesson to for the HSW area given. Try this out before next session. Be prepared to feed back You have 20 mins

14 What are the next steps? As individuals, As a department? As an LA?

15 …from what you heard ? …from what you did? from what you saw? …from what you saw? Our question is? What have you learnt ….


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