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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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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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Linfield, Rachel – Primary Science, 2018
Rachel Linfield describes a favorite annual school visit to Wimpole Hall where her year 4 and 5 students (ages 8-10) took part in a living history project. Each summer, dressed as servants from the Georgian era, students would spend the day as apprentice housemaids and butlers. Although the trips to Wimpole Hall were invaluable for developing a…
Descriptors: Science Education History, Historical Interpretation, Scientific Methodology, Investigations
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Kibble, Bob – Primary Science, 2018
All teachers know that the opening few minutes of any lesson can be the critical part. It is the chance to set the scene, to establish order and sense of purpose, to enthuse and grab attention and perhaps to establish boundaries. It launches the learning. Bob Kibble discusses ways of setting out the shape and direction of lessons without using a…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies
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Pombo, Lúcia – Primary Science, 2018
This article describes how the EduPARK Research and Development Project promotes articulation between research, teachers, professional practice, and initial and advanced teacher training, constituting a very useful theoretical and practical framework, with impact not only in schools, but also in the community and in the tourism sector. The EduPARK…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Oriented Programs, Handheld Devices
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Fox, Lisa – Primary Science, 2018
In this article, trainee teacher, Lisa Fox, outlines some of her successful activities pulling science and art together while on her teaching practice. The activities were planned for nursery-age children through Grade 6. The purpose was to show that all ages can develop phase-related science knowledge and explore and demonstrate this through art.…
Descriptors: Art Education, Science Education, Integrated Activities, Science Activities
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Pringle, Tom – Primary Science, 2018
At first glance, science and art seem as likely companions as oil and water. Is there more to mixing them up than mere metaphor and a messy floor? In this article, Tom Pringle shares some ideas for powering up the classroom by turning STEM into STEAM by dipping the paintbrush of art into the pot of science. In both art and science pupils can…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Elementary School Science, Interdisciplinary Approach
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