Are you worried that the new GCSE science is just too big and fat? Well, you’re right, it is. Our team uncovered the evidence to support what you know instinctively – there’s not enough time to teach KS3 and GCSE in their present form. And that is one of the biggest reasons why we wanted to create a 5-year curriculum. Without an overall strategy, students’ learning is likely to suffer. Here are the rather unsettling facts.
To teach KS3, specifically the KS3 Science Syllabus, we estimated a minimum of 2.5 years. That’s because it was based on a 3-year Programme of Study. But this might make you think twice about trying to teach all of it in two years.
As for big,fat Combined Science GCSE. we estimated a minimum of 2.8 years. This won’t come as a big surprise. No wonder so many schools have started to teach GCSE from the beginning of Year 9.
In total, we calculated there are 5.3 years of science content, but only about 4.6 years of curriculum time. It doesn’t take a mathematician to realise we have a problem (the numbers might be worth sharing with senior management in case they want to reduce the number of hours per week science gets).
In case you’re wondering how we got these numbers, we went through the syllabus and specification statement by statement, estimating the teaching time needed, and added in required practicals, skills and formative and summative assessment.