The Perfect (Ofsted) Science Lesson (The Perfect Series) Hardcover – 27 Nov 2014
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This book is a must have essential for all primary teachers. John has pinpointed exactly why primary science has declined in the years following the end of KS2 Science testing but he also offers up some excellent ideas and practical tips on how to make this core subject manageable alongside an already over crowded curriculum. His ideas about running science alongside the Maths and English curriculum are well thought out and meet Ofsteds demands for a truly integrated curriculum that combines knowledge and skills equally. --Lucy Westley BEd (hons), AST Advanced Skills Teacher -Maths and Assessment
The useful and informative guidance in this book should form a part of the armoury of all teachers who want to ensure they deliver, effective, informative and enjoyable science lessons. It clearly demonstrates not only the delivery of knowledge but also the strategies that can be employed to enable practitioners to make learning enjoyable and relevant to their students regardless of age. --Ian Fergus (BA Hons Primary Education; Professional Qualification for School Inspection (PQSI), Recently retired Headteacher and current Ofsted Inspector
TEACHING Programmes engaged in Listed below are all the courses that you teach for which this book could be used. Course name (e.g. PGCE or BEd with QTS) and module title Student numbers Year and level (e.g. 2nd year undergraduate) When is course run? (eg. Sep-Jan) Optional or compulsory? PGCE Core and School Direct Secondary 150 trainees - 32 are Science Focused August July Please state whether or not you recommend The Perfect Science Lesson to your students. Is it an essential purchase, recommended reading or supplementary reading? Yes I would recommend it and plan to do so next relevant taught Subject Studies Session What do you think are the main strengths and weaknesses of The Perfect Science Lesson? Strength: This is a nice read, whilst relates directly to current OFSTED and Government Directives. This is an essential read for all training science teachers. Links well to the Maintaining Curiosity Report. Relates nicely to our course structure. Provides a tool kit... What is wrong, what to do about it, where to find it on this book. Ideas to try out, and more suggestions as to how to make that better... Really useful for trainees hungry for suggestions... Nice bit in challenges and lesson ideas/ questioning using solo taxonomy... Focus on progress and importance of marking meaning something, not just for the sake of it.. Nicely emphasised. I like how it relates to metacognition and use of learning conversations a in relation to peer assessment. This book makes good reference to the relevant literature, whilst making it accessible. It also highlights the important of science in society and role models to make it relevant. --Dr Jo Anna Reed Johnson, University of Warwick
About the Author
John Beasley has had a highly successful 25 year teaching career as a head of science and later as a deputy head teacher in a school in challenging circumstances, helping to quickly turn it around. More recently, he has worked with his wife Jackie Beere as an Associate Trainer in primary and secondary schools, delivering training on The Perfect (Ofsted) Lesson and concurrently as a University PGCE tutor, teacher trainer and science consultant in several schools. John edited Jackie s latest book, The Perfect Teacher and has contributed to other books in the Perfect series. This, together with his previous teaching and training experience, led to him writing The Perfect (Ofsted) Science Lesson.
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There are perhaps not enough concrete examples/suggestions, but there are some really nice tables of "what is wrong and how to fix it". I think there is enough information to stimulate ideas and take forward the principles it suggests in many areas.
My only criticism is that I find it very difficult to dip in and out of this book. It may be a very personal thing, but the layout coupled with the contents page make it very difficult for me to navigate the book and find one or two specific points. I appreciate that the book should be taken as a whole, but on the days when something doesn't go well, I figure out why but become a bit stumped on how to really improve, I want a book that I can dip into and quickly find a page or two that will stoke my thoughts. I so far haven't been able to do that with this book.
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