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Session Plan. PGCE Curriculum Studies 7. How Science Works. How today’s session will support you achieving the Standards. Aims for Today. Review “what the Scientific Method is” Raise our awareness of what How Science Works is in the Key Stage 3 curriculum Learn the language of HSW.

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pgce curriculum studies 7

PGCE Curriculum Studies 7

How Science Works

aims for today
Aims for Today ...
  • Review “what the Scientific Method is”
  • Raise our awareness of what How Science Works is in the Key Stage 3 curriculum
  • Learn the language of HSW
what is your view of practical science in schools
What is your view of “practical science ?” in schools ?
  • Discuss with your partner
  • Is it important
  • How will it fit with the new NC emphasis on facts ?
what is hsw
What is HSW
  • discuss in groups ...
  • What your understanding of HSW is
  • What you may have seen of HSW in schools
  • What do you think are the key ideas for/behind HSW ?
  • What do you think should be included ?
progression across hsw
Progression across HSW

Remember the Draft Programme of study for the new curriculum

the s word
The S Word
  • How science works isn\'t working in British schools
  • Read the article and discuss it with your group
taken from http www bbc co uk programmes b01b1ljm
Taken from ...
  • SamirOkasha, ‘Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction’ (Oxford Paperbacks, 2002) Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch, ‘The Golem: What You Should Know About Science’ (Cambridge University Press, 1998) Barry Gower, ‘Scientific Method: A Historical and Philosophical Introduction’ (Routledge, 1997) Barry Barnes, ‘About Science’ (Oxford: Blackwell, 1985) Peter Achinstein (ed), ‘Science Rules: A Historical Introduction to Scientific Methods’ (Johns Hopkins Press, 2004) John Losee, ‘A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science’ (OUP, 2001) Pierre Duhem, ‘To Save the Phenomena: An essay on the idea of physical theory from Plato to Galileo’ (First published 1908, University of Chicago Press - English translation, 1969) Paul Feyerabend, ‘Against Method’ (London: Verso, 1993) Thomas Kuhn, ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions’ (University of Chicago Press, 1962) Karl Popper, ‘Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge’ (Routledge, 1963)
so what is the scientific method
So what is the scientific method ?
  • This may help ...
the new programme of study
The New Programme of Study
  • In your group ..
  • Review the new PoS
  • Be prepared to feedback on ..
  • What have we as teachers got to teach ?
  • Implications for us (SK/pedagogy) ?
identifying variables
Identifying Variables
  • Sort the cards out into ...




investigating bounce investigation
Investigating Bounce Investigation

90 minutes

  • In your group ...
  • Plan and Carry out the investigation
  • Write your LoLo’s
  • A table of results
  • A graph
  • Implications for you as a teacher

Pin up your work for everyone to see

pupils discussed the investigation
Pupils discussed the investigation
  • Pupils were asked to evaluate how easy or how difficult it had been to measure the drop height and the bounce height accurately
  • In your group discuss the evaluations and fill in the table .. Be ready to feedback
how hsw can be delivered
How HSW can be Delivered
  • In groups ...
  • Look through the Scheme of Work and ..
  • Identify what HSW Learning Outcomes are addressed in this topic
  • What practical opportunities are provided
  • What other HSW opportunities are provided
  • Filling in the template may help with this
hsw analysis of the topic
HSW analysis of the Topic __________

What HSW Learning Outcomes are addressed in this topic

  • What practical opportunities are suggested ?
  • What other HSW opportunities are provided

TWO things I really liked and thought was very good about this portfolio

si units1
SI Units ..
  • 1830’s
  • Carl Friedrich Gauss laid the foundations for a coherent system based on length, mass and time
  • 1860s 
  • James Clerk Maxwell and
  • William Thomson
  • For the British Association for the Advancement of Science founded a coherent system of units with 
  • base units and 
  • derived units
with your partner
With your partner ..
  • How many SI units can you
  • name ?
  • Say what they measure ?
international union of pure and applied chemistry iupac
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
  • a systematic method of naming organic chemical compounds