Curriculum Design for Secondary School Science

Explore a range of approaches to designing your scheme of learning and learn how to build an improved science curriculum.

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Discover the key components of a strong secondary school science curriculum

On this course, you’ll be introduced to curriculum design for teaching science to students aged 11-19 years.

You’ll explore the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches, as well as how support for teachers can be modelled to support effective learning for students.

You’ll consider how practical work and maths skills for science can be embedded in a curriculum and how progression can be mapped effectively.

Through videos, discussion and tasks, you’ll engage with other teachers, share your experiences of planning science schemes of learning, and plan for future curriculum development.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsDesigning a science curriculum that works well for students and staff is a challenge. Identifying what works well, and what could be improved is not always easy to do, given the wide range of different approaches taken to designing secondary science programmes. This course from the National STEM Learning Centre is designed to give you a starting point to evaluate your own current science curriculum and begin to identify where changes might be made to increase the effectiveness of your schemes of learning, as well as where things work well. We will look at different curriculum models and the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of approaches, as well as how the day-to-day support for teachers can be modelled to support effective learning for students.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsThe important aspects of effective practical work and embedding appropriate mathematical skills for science within a curriculum will be explored and how progression can be mapped effectively. Through a series of videos, discussion and tasks, you will engage with other teachers, sharing their experiences of different ways of planning science schemes of learning, and be supported by the National STEM Learning Centre to enhance your curriculum and plan for future development.

What topics will you cover?

  • What a good curriculum and scheme of work looks like.
  • Mapping progression of subject knowledge and practical skills across the curriculum.
  • The impact of assessment on different curriculum models.
  • Working together as a department.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the key features of an effective science curriculum and scheme of work for students aged 11-19 years.
  • Assess the advantages and disadvantages of different curriculum models for secondary science.
  • Identify progression routes though science subjects to maximise learning.
  • Discuss the implications of assessment practices on curriculum planning.
  • Evaluate the development of mathematical skills and extended writing across the curriculum.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for heads of department, or aspiring heads of department, and teachers with responsibility for curriculum planning in secondary science subjects.

Who developed the course?

National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

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