Things to come in science

3rd March 2006 at 00:00
The conference was given a glimpse of what the outline of the science curriculum might look like. Mrs Sweeney said: "As responsible citizens and confident individuals, young people will be expected to acquire knowledge and understanding of the impact of science on human life, society and the environment.

"They will need to develop their confidence to express and justify their views on social, moral, ethical and environmental issues relating to science."

The proposed learning outcomes for science were all in the "I can" format, describing outcomes and experiences:

* "I can talk about how to start and stop objects" (nursery to P1)

* "I can investigate how far objects travel over different surfaces" (P2 to P4);

* "I can describe how vehicles are designed to increasereduce frictiondrag" (P5 to P7);

* "I can describe and explain the performance and safety features of cars, applying and manipulating formulae" (S1 to S3) and;

* "I can express a view on genetically modified plants and animals" (S2 to S3).

But Mick Waters, director of curriculum for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in England, warned that its attempts to introduce a new science GCSE examination to attract greater interest in the subject had provoked opposition, and that this could happen in Scotland.

Topics such as drug use, sexual health, deforestation, the ozone layer, alternative energy and the impact of mobile phone masts were seen by some traditionalists as dumbing down, he told a seminar at the conference.

"Traditional subject communities said they wanted science back," he said.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now