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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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Session plan

Session Plan

Pgce curriculum studies 7

PGCE Curriculum Studies 7

How Science Works

How today s session will support you achieving the standards

How today’s session will support you achieving the Standards

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

Should this raise questions and if so what sort of questions

Should this raise questions .. And if so .. What sort of questions ?

Science for Citizens ?!

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 ?

What the national curriculum currently says about hsw

What the National Curriculum (currently) says about HSW

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

How does the scientific method fit in

How Does the Scientific Method fit in ?

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 ...


A reminder of those nc aims

A reminder of those NC aims ...

How science works has become

How Science Works has become ....

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) ?

Session plan

How does the new NC compare with your own view of why practical science is important ?

Identifying variables

Identifying Variables

  • Sort the cards out into ...




Investigating bounce

Investigating Bounce

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

Improving our investigation with postits

Improving Our Investigation .. With postits

Why Repeat ??

Improving our investigation with post its

Improving Our Investigation .. With post its

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 units

SI units

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


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