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Assessing the new KS3 science PoS. ; l;l;l Catharine Par’;’;kes - NFER. Interpretation of ideas behind the new PoS. Less constrained by content to specific levels and KSs More everyday science, using real life situations Science as a human activity across all walks of life

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Assessing the new ks3 science pos

Assessing the new KS3 science PoS

;l;l;l

Catharine Par’;’;kes- NFER


Interpretation of ideas behind the new pos
Interpretation of ideas behind the new PoS

  • Less constrained by content to specific levels and KSs

  • More everyday science, using real life situations

  • Science as a human activity across all walks of life

  • How science impacts on everyday life

  • Collaboration across different disciplines

  • As a method of learning

  • Looking at the sufficiency of evidence in contemporary and historical contexts


  • Being able to evaluate methods and data sets

  • Peer review

  • Importance of communicating results to others

  • Science as a creative discipline

  • Science in the media

  • Training people that use science principles

  • Ethical dimensions of science

  • Cultural dimensions in science


How can you assess this type of curriculum
How can you assess this type of curriculum?

  • Use a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

  • Look at what the PoS implies.

  • Real – life contexts that challenge their real- life experiences, from both inside and outside the classroom


What is assessment
What is assessment?

  • Finding out information about another person

    • On where they are after learning has occurred (summative )

    • At any point in the learning cycle to give you information as to where to pitch the next sequence of learning (formative)


The assessment continuum
The assessment continuum

Informal Formal


Magnetism at ks3
Magnetism at KS3

  • Which part(s) of the new PoS could be assessed using magnets as a context?


The earth as a magnet
The Earth as a magnet

Geographic North pole

Magnetic North pole over time

http://kenai.fws.gov/overview/notebook/2004/sept/3sep2004.htm


Task

  • Using the context your group has been given, have a go at writing some questions based around it.

  • Assess aspects of the new PoS.

  • Vary the item types - open response, multi-choice, matching, sequencing steps, graphs, filling tables, keys.


Contact details
Contact details

Catharine Parkes

NFER

The Mere, Upton Park

Slough, SL1 2DQ

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01753 637133

web: www.nfer.ac.uk


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