When speaking to science departments about teaching the new GCSE specifications, I always hear the same question: “where do we find the time?”. Not only has the volume of content to deliver increased, but exams now place a greater emphasis on testing knowledge application. Without changing the status quo of the course delivery, departments will increasingly find that time for consolidation and practising application will simply run out.
The 2016 specifications for Science have only increased the sheer volume of content students are expected to memorise and understand for their GCSEs.
At Doddle, we’ve now created 540 new resources (and counting) for Science to address the deficit between teaching capacity and the vast amount of knowledge students must learn, retain and apply.
Informed intervention and independent learning at Castle View school The science team at Castle View school needed a way to effectively link their classroom teaching, targeted intervention and student’s independent learning. We caught up with Sean Webb and Chris Bazley
< Blog home GCSE Science: Brand new resources to demystify Maths for Science by James O’Brien The 2016 specifications for Science have only increased the sheer volume of content students are expected to memorise and understand for their GCSEs. At Doddle, we’ve now
At Pool Hayes Academy, music teacher Alex Hodges has been using Doddle to embed a new approach to assessment in music. Alex has been RAG (red, amber, green) rating individual skill statements to track students’ strengths and weaknesses each lesson and giving her students the opportunity and incentive to make meaningful progress.
All teachers have been there. You’re outside the exam hall, the day of the exam has finally arrived and up walks one of your beloved students, looking awful. Bleary eyed, hair all over the place, often clutching a large coffee or energy drink in one hand and pages of highlighted key facts in the other. Uh oh. Proudly he will announce: “I was up until 4:30 last night re-reading my notes, I’m so ready.” Disaster.
Last September, the Good Practical Science report was released. After surveying both international schools and almost 400 schools in England, the report concluded that “in the countries we visited, practical science is alive and flourishing” while in England “the intense pressure to perform in written exams” means “practical science is at risk” with many schools “making too little use of their often excellent practical science facilities.”
< Case study home The benefits of ditching homework planners at Hinchingbrooke School by David Pendlebury In September, Hinchingbrooke School in Cambridgeshire ditched their homework planners and moved to using Doddle as an electronic planner for all departments. We spoke to
< Blog home In Search of Lost Time: How science departments are adapting to the new specifications by Paul Mallaband When speaking to science departments about teaching the new GCSE specifications, I always hear the same question: “where do we find the
Rachel Hart is the Head of Biology at Doha College in Qatar. Doha College began using Doddle over three years ago, originally as a resource platform to supplement study for the Science and English departments.