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The Course The Subject Application part of the Science PGCE Course is continually revised and updated in order to respond to feedback from trainees and mentors and to take account of ongoing government initiatives and legislation. It has been planned to include a range of experiences that will allow trainees to develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and awareness to become good Science teachers. There are three elements that contribute to this: the Subject Application course; the generic Professional Studies course and the two school placements. Making coherent links between these three elements is essential if trainees are to exploit the course to its full potential and make the most of their development opportunities over the course of the year. Science Content During the course trainees will become acquainted with the content and nature of the Science curriculum 11 - 18 and will develop a language to describe the teaching and learning of Science Relevant literature such as the National Curriculum, OFSTED Reports, and the National Strategies will provide a framework to describe Science, the variety of activities, outcomes of related activities and ways of promoting Science in the classroom. A wide range of exemplar resources and methods will be used so that trainee teachers experience different approaches, reflect on their experiences and consider the implications for the classroom. Specific aspects of classroom organisation and management of the National Curriculum and the National Strategies will be introduced. The appropriate use of ICT in teaching and learning Science will be addressed throughout the course. Sessions will involve trainees in discussions, presentations of work and practical activities. Each session is supported by relevant subject reading. Science in the National Curriculum - Key Concepts at Key Stage 3 There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of science and how science works. At Key Stage 3 pupils need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding. The requirements of Key Stage 3 are changing over the next two to three years, to include more on ?How Science Works'. Also some Middle Schools in the County are teaching the whole of the Key Stage 3 Curriculum, leaving the Upper Schools more time to teach the Key Stage 4 curriuclum. 1.1 Scientific thinking 1. Using scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and developing them creatively to generate and test theories. 2. Critically analysing and evaluating evidence from observations and experiments. 1.2 Applications and implications of science 1. Exploring how the creative application of scientific ideas can bring about technological developments and consequent changes in the way people think and behave. 2. Examining the ethical and moral implications of using and applying science. 1.3 Cultural understanding 1. Recognising that modern science has its roots in many different societies and cultures, and draws on a variety of valid approaches to scientific practice. 1.4 Collaboration 1. Sharing developments and common understanding across disciplines and boundaries. 1.5 Subject Knowledge 1. Sc2 reproduction of plants and animals, digestion, respiration, photosynthesis, food chains and webs, ecology, variation and classification, fit and healthy, the environment and inheritance and selection. 2. Sc3 reactivity series of metals, acids and alkalis, rocks and the rock cycle, pollution and its environmental impact, compunds and mixtures. 3. Sc4 speed, forces, space, gravity, electric circuits, magnets and electromagnets, energy resources, light, sound, heating and cooling, Breadth of Study - Key Concepts at Key Stage 4 During this key stage, pupils should be taught the Knowledge, skills and understanding of how science works through the study of organisms and health, chemical and material behaviour, energy, electricity and radiations, and the environment, Earth and universe. 2.1 Org

The Course The Subject Application part of the Science PGCE Course is continually revised and updated in order to respond to feedback from trainees and mentors and to take account of ongoing government initiatives and legislation. It has been planned to include a range of experiences that will allow trainees to develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and awareness to become good Science...

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