Curriculum analysis backs up what teachers believe: there really is too much content in KS3 and GCSE and too little time to teach it properly. ‘Covering’ content instead of teaching for understanding will result in some students not being able to cope with the increased demands of GCSE.
A coherent ‘5-year plan’ can help to solve this problem. It means building ideas over 5 years instead of repeating content, giving students more confidence and gaining curriculum time for in-depth learning and enquiry skills. Not only will this help GCSE performance, it will give students a more positive experience of science and make their knowledge more useful in real life.
But how do you turn your existing curriculum into a 5-year plan? In this course, Tony Sherborne who designed the KS3 Science Syllabus for AQA, will take you through the steps
What you will learn
- Re-organise Y7-11 topics into a progression around the core ideas
- Create coherent topics so that the lessons connect and build understanding
- Integrate Working Scientifically with content, so students master the skills
- Prepare students for more demanding assessments (AO2 and AO3)
The course format
The course will last 5 weeks, with 1 activity per week, and 2 assignments overall. The activities will make use of:
- Videos and reading material
- Reading and discussion
- Webinars for sharing results
- Facilitator and peer feedback
low cost, TBC