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Primary science time allocation

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Michsovs, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Does anybody know how much science you have to teach each week in Primary school? Our science leader says we should be teaching 2 hour science each week in key stage 1 and i just don't know how to fit it in. I've looked on the N. curriculum website and it says:

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

  3. Glad to see you bold 'guidance' as the above document was superceded by Excellence and Enjoyment in 2003
    On 20 May 2003, the Secretary of State launched Excellence and Enjoyment - A Strategy for Primary Schools which set out the vision for the future of primary education built on what we have already achieved. This vision is for a sector where high standards are obtained through a rich, varied and exciting curriculum which develops children in a range of ways.
    The key to making this vision a reality lies in:
    • <li class="FirstList">Empowering primary schools to take control of their curriculum, and to be more innovative and to develop their own character.
    2 hours per week in KS1 seems rather ecsessive so you may find the documnet very useful
    Pg 17 Excellence and Enjoyment states:-
    How long to spend on each subject
    it is for schools to decide how they are going to organise their timetable.
    <font face="MyriadMM-Regular">
    QCA guidance suggesting how much time should be allocated to each subject is not statutory.
    </font>How to arrange learning in the school day

    &ndash; they can be grouped, or taught through projects
    &ndash; if strong enough links are created between subjects, pupils&rsquo; knowledge and skills can be used across the whole curriculum.
    You can download the document here
  4. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    An expectation of 2 hours a week has been normal in all primary schools I've taught in.

    Doesn't always quite work out, but should be more or less that.
  5. Definitely not expected in our school in KS1 or 2. The expectation is an hour a week for us.

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