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Assessing Progress in Science at Key Stage 1, 2 & 3:
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QCA has supported our development of formative assessment materials for science at key stages 1, 2 and 3. As a result an 'Assessing Progress in Science' pack has been published for each of these key stages in September 2003.

Contents of the Units
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Teaching and learning sequences

Each unit contains a detailed description of typical learning sequences based on extensive research. These summarise the levels in the national curriculum, and describe developments in understanding that can be expected between the formal level statements.

Activities

Activities include teacher notes offering suggestions for:

  • eliciting children’s ideas about particular science concepts
  • gathering feedback in a structured way
  • probing understanding, including suggested questioning strategies to encourage the elaboration of ideas
  • criteria to assess the quality of pupil’s responses from a developmental perspective

Activities are fully signposted to show:

  • suitability for each attainment level
  • relevant ideas sheets (photocopiable masters) are included with each unit
  • the pupil-response mode suggested to complete each activity
  • a full listing of the resources suggested to complete each activity
  • the suggested time to complete each activity

Using assessment evidence

Each activity is accompanied by a chart showing how typical pupil responses might be mapped to the teaching and learning sequence of progression.

Also included are:

  • examples of pupil responses, together with suggestions for how similar responses might be interpreted,
  • ideas for giving feedback to pupils,
  • advice on formulating teaching and learning plans informed by the evidence of pupils’ current thinking.


Contents of the Units

There is a QCA ‘Assessing Progress in Science’ pack for each of key stages 1, 2 and 3. Each pack contains a set of units describing activities to cover the full breadth of the national curriculum. A teacher’s guide outlines the underlying rationale and gives advice on collecting and interpreting assessment evidence to inform teaching.

Key Stage 1
Scientific enquiry
Living things in their environments
Materials
Forces
Electricity
Light and sound
Teacher's guide
Key Stage 2
Scientific enquiry
Living things in their environments
Materials
Forces
Electricity
Light and sound
Solids, liquids and gases
Human body
Teacher's guide
Key Stage 3
Scientific enquiry
Living things in their environments
Materials
Forces
Electricity
Light and sound
Solids, liquids and gases
Human body (1)
Human body (2)
Metals and non-metals
Teacher's guide

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Ordering

QCA Support materials can be ordered online at the QCA website, or by downloading the form below and returning to:

QCA Publications
PO Box 99
Sudbury
Suffolk
CO10 2SN
Tel - 01787 884444
Fax - 01787 312950

Download your order form here
(Acrobat Reader required)

All schools quoting a valid DfES number will be entitled to a 50 per cent discount off the quoted price.

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