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Sampey, Carol – Primary Science, 2018
Assessment is not something that stands alone and teachers need support to develop their understanding of both assessment practices and the subject being assessed. Teachers at Shaw Primary School were fortunate to take part in the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project and, in this article, the outlines how science and assessment can…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Student Evaluation
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Rodger, Pauline – Primary Science, 2018
Holt Primary School is a village school in which teachers work as a team within a climate of respect and trust. The teachers were fortunate to take part in the Bath Spa TAPS (Teacher Assessment in Primary Science) research project, which also overlapped with undertaking Gold PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark). As a result, teacher confidence in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Student Evaluation, Elementary School Teachers
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Jones, Bethan; Coakley, Ruth; Fenn, Lisa; Earle, Sarah; Davies, Dan – Primary Science, 2018
Making accurate, manageable assessments of children's scientific understanding, skills and progress is one of the biggest challenges facing primary teachers. In Wales, where Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) at age 11 were phased out in 2005, teacher assessment has been the only source of pupil attainment data in science for a much longer period…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation, Science Achievement, Science Education
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McMahon, Kendra – Primary Science, 2018
The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) Focused Assessment approach embeds assessment within normal classroom science activities. Essentially, a Focused Assessment is a lesson plan for a science inquiry, with an identified focus for assessment and guidance on how to interpret the children's responses in relation to expectations for that…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Evaluation Methods, Elementary School Science, Inquiry
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Earle, Sarah – Primary Science, 2018
By placing the Focused Assessment approach within the TAPS pyramid framework, schools are beginning to find a number of ways in which learning in science can be enhanced for pupils. The quotations in this article provide examples of the ways in which science subject leaders (SSL) describe the impact of TAPS on their pupils.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction
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Hopwood-Stephens, Isabel – Primary Science, 2018
The TAPS pyramid was developed in late 2014 and has been available as a download on the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) website since August 2015. But where has it gone since then? Who is using it? And how is it being used in schools to change primary science assessment practice? This article attempts to answer these questions with data from…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Elementary School Teachers
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Qureshi, Asima; Petrucco, James – Primary Science, 2018
Meadowbrook Primary School has explored the use of The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) to support transition, initially for transfer to secondary school and now for transition from Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) into Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7). This article will consider an example of a secondary transition project and discuss the…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, School Readiness, Teacher Evaluation, Articulation (Education)
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Barber, Kerry-Anne – Primary Science, 2018
As the Science Co-ordinator at St Paul's RC Primary School, the author has been involved in producing and trialling resources for the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project over the last four years. This article explains how St Paul's has used the Focused Assessments (FAs). The author has always tried to promote enquiry-based…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Mepsted, James – Primary Science, 2018
The author created a project aimed to develop and implement the assessment of working scientifically (WS) skills at Victoria Park Primary School. The author had previously identified a gap in the curriculum coverage and assessment of WS skills and his goal was to address the lack of provision for assessing children's WS skills and raise the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Science Teachers, Formative Evaluation
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Desforges, Ruth – Primary Science, 2018
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has a huge collection of unique and curious objects from the natural world that have been loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs after being seized at the UK border. Among the turtle shells and snake skins, the strangest of these is perhaps the freestanding rhino-foot ash tray. This single object can open up…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Animals, Science Education, Wildlife
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Tyler, Paul – Primary Science, 2018
Sports science is still one of the fastest growth areas in science across the world. There isn't a professional sports team that does not have a host of sports scientists to analyse and improve every minute detail of their performance. So how is this relevant to a primary school? Making real-life links to other areas of life is very important in…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Games, Physical Education, Athletics
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James, Robin – Primary Science, 2018
In this article, Robin James describes the Sand Yacht Challenge. The race took place on sand between small, wind-powered land yachts made by groups of children from four local schools. The project provided a term of collaborative opportunities at the designing and testing stage, followed by a competition when the students raced them. It was…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Activities, Student Developed Materials
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Wilkinson, Deborah; Kinouty, Mary – Primary Science, 2018
The "Mary Rose" was King Henry VIII's favourite battleship, which sank in the Battle of the Solent on 19 July 1545. She was raised in 1982 and brought back to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where she is now housed in a multiaward-winning museum. The purpose-built Stavros Niarchos Foundation Learning Centre includes a teaching laboratory…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, STEM Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students
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Bearchell, Sarah – Primary Science, 2018
Sarah Bearchell is a science specialist working with primary-aged pupils and their families, with a passion for making science accessible for everyone. In this article she outlines how allowing children ownership of their hands-on activities leads to more engaged learning.
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Active Learning, Science Activities, Lesson Plans
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Jones, Verity – Primary Science, 2018
In many schools following the National Curriculum for England the teaching of science has been overshadowed by the demands of literacy and numeracy, with the focus on statutory testing (SATs) and emphasis on national targets. This has often led to increasing concerns around teachers' subject knowledge, the sapping of teacher confidence and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Poetry, Scientific Methodology, Investigations
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