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Has anybody starting planning for the new school
year using the draft science curriculum. I have started working on a
progression of skills maps for KS1 and 2 and would like to share ideas
and good practice with others. Also am I right in the thinking that the
following topics are new content in the draft curriculum?What else is new?
Classification of living things- 5 kingdoms, vertebrates, invertebrates
Gaseous exchange system
mk84Classification of living things- 5 kingdoms, vertebrates, invertebrates
The five kingdoms are animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria.
Vetebrates are a group, invertebrates are many and varied groups that just aren't vertebrates.
Ohhh thank goodness there is someone out there who shares my predicament. I have completed my curriculum map, would you like to swapsie? I feel its impossible to write a scheme of work by yourself , isnt it down to individual teachers to plan for their own year group. My HT asked me if there were any existing SOWs out there that would support the new curriculum but not to write one. I'm quite worried as I will probably have to help teachers plan for their topics but there is so much new content and we will have to do something about our own subject knowledge first.
I do not want to pour cold water on your enthusiasm but please do not spend a vast amount time on this. I've just seen one Science groups response to the draft and they have really slammed it - quite rightly too!
You do not need to go near the 'five kingdoms' until at least Year 10, they are a complex grouping and nothing for primary.
As for the lives of great scientists I note they is an awful lot of males - jolly good chaps mind, spiffing good yarns that olf Govey and me learnt in Preppers - but no Ms Rotheschild, etc..
I agree with you Goat, but is the draft curriculum likely to be drastically revised or even scrapped at this stage? I am currently looking at the USA Grade 5 life science curriculum to see what content they teach for the 5 kingdoms etc, cant imagine in the type of school I'm in, the kids will understand what we're talking about.
erhgiezI believe when they say the 5 kingdoms they mean mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The scheme seems fine although I am unsure if the progression works, each year seems to do a little of a lot. Topics covered under the old NC will now span 3 to 4 years in some cases. hmmmm
As already mentioned, the five kingdoms are animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria. What you've quoted are the 5 classes of vertebrates
mk84 have completed my curriculum map, would you like to swapsie? I feel its impossible to write a scheme of work by yourself....
I've got to say I don't "get" the reluctance that exists to share SoWs, etc.
Most of us are employed by the state - original work we do for that employer belongs to that employer, not to us, so it should be routinely available to every other avenue within the state (or, arguably entirely in the public domain as the taxpayer paid for it, so why shouldn't the taxpayer be able to access it?)
In addition to that, we have a statutory duty to share good practice (or at least we did, perhaps the new standards change that).
Schemes of work should be published on school websites!
That is a tall order for primary (the Kingdoms part!) - we would struggle with some pupils with this in secondary!
Sorry for the absence!
I'm currently having a go at planning using it. I'm lucky in that I have extra qualifications
in science on top on my teaching degree so subject knowledge isn’t a problem personally
- but there are some in-depth topics in the new curriculum.
I'm going to try make some kind of assessment document using a
mixture of the current APP and level descriptors and the curriculum its self.
I'll let you know how it turns out!
Hi, thanks lauralovesham for putting the assessment bookmark up, but I can't seem to open the file!! Will try again..
hi all - re the draft science curriculum...i see that some schools are already implementing it for 2012/13 although its not implemented till 2014...
i work at a city farm offering workshops and tours to primary schools and we are making a new brochure explaining what we do to teachers. im thinking about how to deal with this possible crossover bw old and new curriculums and would really appreciate some advice from teachers...for now am thinking of focussing on the elements wihich overlpa the bopth, or simply writing out for each activity how it fits in with the old one and then the new one.
Would love to hear a teachers view on how this could appeal to teachers, what would make it easier for them, better for the kids etc...
Way way back the Government proposed changing the 17 Attainment Targets to 5. We spent hours (days to be more accurate) changing our SoWs and assessment procedures to fit, so that we would be ahead of the game.
Eventually they decided to implement 4 ATs - all our work was wasted.
I'm more than happy for you to quote me: "DON'T DO ANYTHING UNTIL IT IS FINALISED"
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