I couldn’t think of a witty title, so went for a ‘does what it says on the tin’ approach. Anyway, this post puts together a few of my thoughts, as a relative outsider to teaching who has a degree in science, on why barely a quarter of children meeting the standard in science at the end of KS2:
Too many ‘experiments’ and not enough listening, reading, writing or regular testing of science knowledge.
There, I said it. It’s like I’m the worst sciencey person ever, right? Do I want children to die of boredom or something?
The reason I have such an issue with experiments in primary schools is that they tend to be used to help children discover their science facts rather than consolidate. Further, experiments seem to trump all other activities such as listening and note taking, reading and answering questions or even just watching a demonstration…
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