This book combines reports on and reflection of best practice in improving progression and continuity of teaching and learning in science — particularly at the crucial transition stage between primary and secondary school. Presenting the views of teachers and pupils on progression and learning in science, the book suggests practical ways of improving teaching and learning. Each chapter includes examples of learning materials with notes on how these might be used or adapted by teachers in their own classroom settings.
Chapter 3: Moving to the Big School: Part 1 – Children's Voices
Moving to the Big School: Part 1 – Children's Voices
The design of questionnaires to collect evidence from pupils' voices is discussed and two examples are provided. The pupil voice either side of transfer is reviewed from four perspectives to shed light on how KS2/3 transfer might be smoothed and improved. A discussion on the implications of pupils' voices for the development of school science, particularly for a more authentic curriculum to develop scientific literacy, closes the chapter.
It is easy to make assumptions about what is best for pupils. Research on pupil performance and studies of curriculum content and progression help us design schemes of work we think are the best we can offer but ...