I have created a mini-workbook to go with this post in case it is helpful: here. If you haven’t heard … More
What Does Explicit Instruction Look Like in Key Stage 2 Science?
Explicit instruction has a negative reputation in primary science. I often hear or read about explicit instruction described as ‘drill … More
Where Does Enquiry Belong?
Short answer: in science lessons, use enquiry once pupils already know the content. You might ask: Why use a pedagogical … More
A Comparison of Two National Year 6 Science Assessments
The Independent Schools Examination Board: Common Entrance Examination at 11+ (Science) Below is the 2018 common entrance exam taken at … More
The Role of Knowledge in Curiosity
There is a bush on my run covered in lichen. When the sun shines on it in the winter, the … More
How do we grade scientific writing at KS2 at Paradigm Trust?
Over the past four years at Paradigm Trust, we have developed and implemented a knowledge-rich science curriculum for EYFS to … More
How Paradigm Trust is Supporting Teachers’ Primary Science Subject Knowledge
Teachers at Paradigm Trust have developed a knowledge rich EYFS-KS3 science curriculum which we have been running (and developing) for … More
An Environmental Science Progression Model for KS2 Using the Carbon Cycle
Over the past two weeks, my colleagues and I at Paradigm Trust have had the wonderful opportunity of spending time … More
Micro-Enquiry: something to try?
English year 5 pupils scored pretty well on the TIMSS 2019 science enquiry questions. In this post I will: describe … More
Why Aren’t ‘Trads’ Embracing Collaborative Learning?
If we are serious about evidence informed teaching and learning, why aren’t we using collaborative learning in our classes? There … More