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.

Bridging the Divide: Part 1

Bridging the divide: Part 1

Chapter Overview

The emotional, physical and environmental impacts of transfer are considered. Examples of how the five bridges – administrative, social, curriculum, pedagogic and metacognitive – are used to reduce social and learning ‘shock’ for pupils at transfer are provided. Solutions are not unique to learning science, though all impact on it.

Consider what it felt like for you when you started your present job. You might have moved from a different school or local authority moved house, changed roles in the same school, been recruited following initial teacher training or from industry You might also have left behind an established friendship group. As you presumably applied for a post you wanted, you may have felt quite pleased ...

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