20 credits at level HE5
The module aims to develop students’ knowledge of science in relation to the requirements of the National Curriculum (Science), and the National Primary Strategy Framework for Key Stage 1 and 2. The focus of the module is to develop students’ knowledge and skills so that they can support the class teacher in his/her teaching of science and help pupils at primary school level to learn about science.
Science curriculum at Key stage 1 and 2; difficulties children have with learning science and misconceptions; the importance of scientific terminology in developing children's scientific knowledge; importance of science in the curriculum; health and safety in science lessons; areas of science; resources; Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) in science; the role and purpose of scientific investigation; the selection and use of appropriate scientific materials and equipment including ICT; multisensory approach to learning science; differentiated lesson planning for the teaching and learning of science at primary level; reflective practice; maintaining a reflective journal; evaluation.
This module will be delivered using a range of methods such as lectures, tutorials, class activities, work-based practise and research. A blended learning approach will be adopted and students will have access to on-line materials as well as attending face-to-face sessions.
There are three items of assessment. Firstly, you will devise a differentiated lesson plan and activity, and implement your activity. The activity will include a multisensory resource that you have designed. You will provide a justification for the planning and the resource, and an evaluation. Through this you will demonstrate you can apply skills and knowledge gained in the module to practical workplace tasks. The second assessment item involves you in critically evaluating the use of the SATs as an assessment tool in primary schools so that you will become aware of the advantages and disadvantages of using SATs to measure children’s achievement in science. The third item involves you in producing a reflective report on your experiences supporting children’s learning of science and an action plan for improvement.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have acquired broad knowledge of the Primary National Curriculum in Science, its requirements, strategies and expected outcomes and targets.||1.1 Identify target levels relating to a specific group of children within the work setting for the purpose of planning a differentiated activity to support pupils learning science.|
|2.||Have analysed science support strategies.||2.1 analyse strengths and weaknesses of science support strategies.|
|3.||Have devised a science activity incorporating a multisensory resource you have designed, planned a lesson incorporating the activity, delivered the activity to a selected group of children under the supervision of the class teacher, and evaluated the above.||
3.1 devise a science activity incorporating a multisensory resource you have designed for a selected group of children, and plan a lesson incorporating the activity.
3.2 justify the decisions you made when undertaking 3.1 above
3. 3 under the supervision of the class teacher implement your activity using appropriate teaching methods and skills necessary to support children’s development in science and justify your choice of methods.
3.4 evaluate the planning, the activity you designed and the delivery of your activity.
|4.||Have produced a reflective journal in relation to supporting science in the classroom for a period of half a term, and an action plan for your self development in this area.||4.1 reflect on your experiences of supporting science to enhance your own professional practice and competence in this area, and produce an action plan for improvement.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Differentiated lesson plan for a science lesson Activity and multisensory resource for use in the science lesson Supervisor’s report on the implementation of your activity Justification and evaluation (1000 words)||Assignment - Critically evaluate the implications of the use of SATs in science as an assessment tool in the primary school (advantages/disadvantages) (1000 words)||Reflective report of experiences supporting science for a period of half a term and action plan to improve (1000 words)|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Davies, D. & Howe, A. (2002) Teaching Science, Design and Technology in the Early Years. London: David Fulton Publishers
DfEE (1999) The National Curriculum Handbook for Primary Teachers in England, Key Stages 1 and 2. London: DfEE
Feasey, R. (2007) Primary Science for Teaching Assistants. London: David Fulton Publishers
Harlen, W. (2005) Teaching, Learning and Assessing Science 5 – 12. London: Sage Publications
Harlen, L. & Qualter, A. (2006) The Teaching of Science in Primary Schools. Oxon: Routledge
Johnson, J. & Gray, A. (1999) Enriching Early Scientific Learning. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Sears, J. & Sorenso, P. (Ed) (2001) Issues in Science Teaching Issues in Subject Teaching. Abingden: Routledge
Ward, H., Roden, J., Hewlett, C. & Foreman, J. (2005) Teaching Science in the Primary Classroom: A Practical Guide. London: Paul Chapman Publishing Ltd.
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