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Primary Science

Discussion in 'Primary' started by mrdtpaton, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. Hi,

    I am researching the competency levels of primary school teachers in science and the implications of this. Throughout my research I have found that science is a subject that is often sidelined to make way for other subjects. My research hasn't indicated whether this is in relation to subject knowledge, school initiative and focus or subject preference. I would appreciate any views and opinions on this in particular. I would also welcome any information regarding where science sits in your timetable and the reasons for this. Do you view science as a core or foundation subject? Is science taught with the same enthusiasm as other subjects? Do you think the quest to achieve targets in Literacy and Numeracy has become corrosive to a creative and varied timetable?

    Thanks
     
  2. mystery10

    mystery10 Occasional commenter

    Oh dear, I only have an opinion, no fact, but I just ain't impressed by the way that most primary teachers teach science, and if gets squeezed out of the curriculum by the majority, all the better. It's much easier to teach it well at secondary school if you are not having to unteach a lot of incorrect infant and junior school stuff.
    It would be great there were more finding out outdoors, careful observations, exploration, collecting things, identifying them , classifying them, cataloguing them, drawing them , measuring, making things etc etc. And less of trying to talk about things like forces at KS1 ------- aaaaaaaaaaargh.
     
  3. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    I teach science for a full morning per week (I'm in primary) Science is a core subject and should be treated as such. I ensure that at least half the content is practical. I am concentrating on investigations at the moment, including (the much maligned by secondary) fair test. I know I should do more teaching outdoors, let's hope for better weather!
    I love teaching science, I'm not a specialist but to see the expression of discovery on children's faces can't be beaten. The children enjoy their science too. I do however feel there is too much eemphasis on skills at the moment. Without the background knowledge, you can't apply skills.
     
  4. I've got nothing against teaching Science as such, but can I just have a quiet moan? I find it so frustrating that I'm trying to teach science in the same room as I teach English, Maths, History, Art, etc. It's even the same room as the children get changed for P.E.! That's why I think many aspects of Science are best left until high school, where there are rooms designated and equipped for the purpose. It's not just teacher knowledge that's lacking, it's having to move on to a completely different lesson next, with all the specialist equipment that that might require too.
    Ok, sorry, rant over!
     
  5. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    No no... that's why we need middle schools! To provide proper facilities and equipment for students to use when they're ready instead of waiting for the artificial break at 11.
    We seem to expect standards to improve year on year, but most primary school children get exactly the same provision as was made near enough 100 years ago!
     

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