What might a 2 year programme of study look like in key stage 3 Biology if the goal was to meet National Curriculum legal requirements, and to capture the student's interest and big picture understanding? What if the goal of educating the students in years 7 and 8 was to enculturate enquiring children as scientists (ready for the challenges of GCSE science) rather than simply to fill them with head knowledge ready for the 'yet more content' potential overload of GCSE?
This spreadsheet profiles Zanel-learning.com's programme of study for key stage 3 Biology, giving lesson headings only at this stage. Written by a teacher now setting up the company, this programme of study's vision is to enculturate children in science, much like an apprenticeship, using bespoke (differentiated and suitably scaffolded) resources to foster each child's ownership of learning and each teacher's ease of delivery. The possibility of making this PoS accessible for Supply Teachers is also being considered, in the sense that the lessons can/should run themselves in the absence of a specialist teacher, yet still deliver in terms of enculturating the children as scientists.
At this stage an overview, by September 2017 a set of comprehensive resources to purchase - in response to the challenges of increasing workload and decreasing capabilities of children to carry the load themselves (in terms of motivation, resilience, and skills).
Zanel-learning.com will be aiming to break new ground, so take a look now as you consider next year's curriculum delivery for Key Stage 3 Biology. Please do download my presentation, which details an approach to education based on research and my own experiences in the classroom. In this presentation will be found, for example, a slide with additional notes explaining suitable learning objectives/outcomes within 7 categories of scientific competences. Thank you.