HoDSciSci March Roundtable: Teacher Assessed Grades

March brings us to the elephant in the room of most HoDs minds: Teacher Assessed Grades. As it stands there is still woefully little specificity and guidance from The Powers That Be. We thought the best we could do is get a few HoDs to share their thoughts and plans for Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs).Continue reading “HoDSciSci March Roundtable: Teacher Assessed Grades”

HoDSciSci February Roundtable: Remote Assessment

We have interviewed a couple of HoDs regarding how they are using remote assessment. While the UK has only a week or so of remote teaching in front of us we are very aware that there are many HoDs working internationally, so this might be of help. As always a big thank you to theContinue reading “HoDSciSci February Roundtable: Remote Assessment”

Curriculum Broader Themes: Developing Department Discourse in Science – A Model For Better CPD

Ruth Ashbee presents a model for departmental CPD that moves beyond “the session”. 00:00 Welcome and outline 00:30 Context 03:21 Three principles of CPD 06:06 Curriculum or pedagogy 07:28 Beyond “the session” 11:24 Theme 1: How we teach X 13:46 Theme 2: Getting to grips with X 15:06 Theme 3: 3-point discussion 16:17 Outcomes 19:45Continue reading “Curriculum Broader Themes: Developing Department Discourse in Science – A Model For Better CPD”

Curriculum Soapbox: Electrolysis

Helen Skelton discusses the topic of electrolysis and demonstrates her approach to teaching it. 00:00 Welcome and introductions 01:20 Why electrolysis? 03:37 Firm foundations – prior knowledge 08:30 Sequencing 18:03 Ways of seeing – Johnstone’s triangle 23:05 Instruction and SLOP 25:40 Copper chloride electrolysis example 35:57 Practical work 43:28 Summary You might find the followingContinue reading “Curriculum Soapbox: Electrolysis”

Curriculum Chats: Structure and Bonding

Niki Kaiser, Elizabeth Mountstevens, Michael Adenekan and Adam Robbins get together to discuss their approaches to the topic of structure and bonding. 00:00 Welcome and introductions 01:25 What do students find most difficult about structure and bonding? 08:55 What do you do to address student misconceptions about structure and bonding? 17:09 What misconceptions do teachersContinue reading “Curriculum Chats: Structure and Bonding”

Curriculum Links Part 2: Planning A Science Curriculum

In Part 1, we looked at some of the principles that could form the foundations of a good science curriculum. Here we look more closely at the implementation of these ideas within different teachers’ science curricula.  Planning  Ruth Ashbee gives a great overview of how to overhaul your curriculum with a framework of meetings that wouldContinue reading “Curriculum Links Part 2: Planning A Science Curriculum”

Curriculum Soapbox: Writing Good Biology SLOP

Pritesh Raichura discusses how he writes Shed Loads Of Practice (SLOP) for Biology. Pritesh has a blog with lots of examples that can be found here. 00:00 Welcome and overview 00:57 Don’t pupils need a variety of activities? 03:25 The best activities will help pupils to… 05:50 Purpose informs question writing 07:45 Guide pupils toContinue reading “Curriculum Soapbox: Writing Good Biology SLOP”

Curriculum Broader Themes: The KS2 to KS3 Transition in Science

Nimish Lad and Neil Almond chat about students moving from primary to secondary school. What should KS3 teachers know about KS2? What should KS2 teachers know about KS3? You can use the chapters embedded in the video to find any of the specific questions that we discuss (you might need to be on YouTube toContinue reading “Curriculum Broader Themes: The KS2 to KS3 Transition in Science”

Curriculum Chats: Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

Previously, we asked on the twitter page which topics in each of the sciences you thought required the most thought in the curriculum. For biology, you chose the topic of inheritance, variation and evolution and in the video below, Dom Shibli, Pritesh Raichura, Jo Castelino, Rachel Wong (BioRach) and Christian Moore Anderson get together toContinue reading “Curriculum Chats: Inheritance, Variation and Evolution”

Curriculum Links Part 1: Underlying Principles

In this blog, we look over some useful reading to consider when planning out your curriculum – what are some of the underlying principles upon which we should start to build. This is partly inspired by Matthew Benyohai’s blog where he discusses disconnect we sometimes see between principles and practices. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we’d love to hear any moreContinue reading “Curriculum Links Part 1: Underlying Principles”

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