I'm new to the role of Science leader (in fact new to any type of leader) and I'm still getting my head around the idea of what I can alter, or decide what should be done or how I would like things to be done. In my previous life I was a microbiologist and I am keen that children experience Science and ask questions, observe, in fact all the things that the new curriculum says. To that end I have just spent some of my budget on planters and flowering plants (we are very lucky in that we have a variety of well established trees), in order for the children to actually observe and record changes that happen, I would like this to be done in a more obvious way than has happened this year. I suppose what I'm asking is, how many Science leaders suggest how things should look in books etc. I want to get away from worksheets as much as possible and would like to see more photographs of changes, and comparing a leaf in summer and autumn by actually sticking one in. Key Stage 2 would be approached in a similar manner. Also how do others assess, I would like to use concept maps and cartoons and questions to investigate. Has anyone any other ideas? Any help would be appreciated as I have not had any responsibility before.