Evolution of Our Science Assessment Model: CogSci & Christodoulou

Assessment has seen a lot of evolution recently. New accountability measures across Key Stages recently has forced schools to re-consider their models. To adapt, a few teachers in my science department have been reading Daisy Christodoulou's lucid new book on assessment: Making Good Progress? We have also been reading various books, blogs & research papers to help us … Continue reading Evolution of Our Science Assessment Model: CogSci & Christodoulou


Dual-coding in Science

Dual-coding is a very effective tool in teaching when used correctly. For me, the use of an academically rigorous piece of writing supported by a simple but clear image has a powerful impact on pupil learning. Equally, a verbal explanation to go along with a simple image has huge merit. I don't claim to be an … Continue reading Dual-coding in Science

GCSE New Specification Biology Resources

I have made lessons that cover the content from the first (of seven) topic for the new AQA GCSE Biology and AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy specifications. The lessons focus on giving pupils exposure to rigorous academic language and develop pupils' theoretical language before exploring ideas practically. This scheme of work also includes two required practicals: Observing … Continue reading GCSE New Specification Biology Resources

The Limits of My World (Part II)

In Part I of this post, I discussed the importance of teachers (of all subjects) making language teaching explicit in their lessons. I argued that an improvement in language enables pupils to better access the curriculum and broaden their cultural capital. I shared three practical, easy-to-implement strategies to help teachers incorporate the teaching of language into their lesson: sharing … Continue reading The Limits of My World (Part II)