This Higher Human Biology Resources Guide links Mandatory key areas to useful learning and teaching resources.
The pages show the Mandatory key areas table from the SQA Higher Biology course and unit support notes with an additional column containing hyperlinks to videos, animations and other resources. Content new to the course from the Higher Still Higher have been highlighted in green to further assist practitioners.
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This resource compliments similar guides produced for Higher Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Higher Human Biology Resource Guide
Route maps through assessment
The Minister for Learning, Dr Alasdair Allan, recently put in place a package of support to help secondary schools to deliver the new National Qualifications. This support included new route maps through assessment and these have now been published on the Education Scotland website. Developed by Education Scotland, in partnership with the SQA, these provide a sequenced list of main messages and links for National 4 and National 5 Sciences.
Science Resources for the Nationals
Following the SQA/ Education Scotland joint publication of Past Paper Guidance for N5. Education Scotland has published copies of the identified questions on Sciences Glow 365 site, in the N5 folders for each subject. This compliments the previously shared N5 Biology questions. Further support materials for N5 will be published in the near future.
Shared on the Sciences Glow 365 site new class spreadsheets for tracking assessment standard passes at National 4 and an updated version for National 5. Look in the N4 and N5 folders in your subject.
Following the publication of the updated 3-18 Curriculum Impact Report for Sciences in October 2013, Education Scotland hosted a series of conversation days to engage stakeholders in discussions around the findings of the report and to collectively identify priorities for action to secure improvements in science education nationally.
The fourth conversation day took place in Bucksburn Academy, Aberdeen, on 12th December 2013 and brought together around 40 participants from the local authority, Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen University and representatives from industry, universities and schools. Delegates heard presentations from Kittybrewster Primary School, Bucksburn Academy, Glaxo Smith Kline and the University of Aberdeen.
Following the welcome presentation participants split into small discussion groups to identify the key priorities for improving science education. Discussions focussed on three themes:
- Priorities for sciences education
- Identifying partnerships that work
- What does great learning in the sciences look like?
Priorities for sciences education
- initiatives have been undertaken to address the gap in attainment however more was required to ensure those from the most deprived backgrounds are not disadvantaged further by their educational experience
- the importance of support at home which had to be encouraged through good communication between parents and staff
- developing good numeracy and literacy skills in primary helped access the sciences curriculum. This did not appear to be continuing at secondary, why?
- local authorities should lead and coordinate science in all sectors. They should be providing early years and primary teachers with high quality, sustained science CPD opportunities
- every primary school should have a science coordinator/nominated teacher with responsibility for science.
- Delegates highlighted the lack of confidence in science knowledge and expertise which can affect learning and teaching in the primary sector.
- Practitioners are fully aware of the importance of bringing the real world into the classroom to motivate and engage learners and believe this can be achieved if they have access to relevant, high quality CPD and are given time to commit to CPD.
- Authorities should provide financial support to assist practitioners in accessing resources to facilitate and support their teaching.
- In the primary sector qualified teachers in the STEM subjects would be advantageous
- Delegates viewed that early years, primary and secondary colleagues should work as a team and there should be greater use of cross – sector links e.g. primary pupils should be invited to the secondary science club
Learners attending the conversation day highlighted the areas they regarded as being the key priorities in sciences education:
- key to accessing the sciences curriculum is the relationship between learner and teacher and good communication – they needed to feel confident about asking for help
- active learning in the sciences should be a priority
- Practical activities helped engage learners and develop higher order thinking skills
- homework should be relevant to the learning at the time and coordinated better between departments to avoid overloading learners
- learning through real life contexts is extremely important
- practitioners had to address the variety of learning styles and offer a variety of teaching experiences to engage and motivate pupils.
Delegates highlighted a number of concerns relating to the secondary sector which they viewed as being key priorities in teaching the sciences:
- inadequate amount of time to deliver content within the new CfE qualifications – the issue of pace in learning and teaching has to be addressed to avoid putting learners under pressure
- sequencing of teaching is a concern
- Timescales for publishing of guidance documentation, support materials and resources has to be brought forward
- Examples of assessments and tracking for the broad general education would be helpful
- Difficulties of teaching N4 and N5 in the same class
- Clarification is still required with regards to some aspects of assessment within the new national qualifications
- Can universities help with the added value units?
- Address gender bias within subjects – must address the image of women in the sciences to get more girls to take physics.
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Raising the Bar in Scotland – transforming lives through learning.
Science, technology, engineering and maths are key priorities within Curriculum for Excellence.
The Scottish Learning Festival 2013 provides numerous opportunities for practitioners to engage in meaningful discussions and attend seminars and workshops relating to STEM.
A select showcase of innovative practice will demonstrate how STEM skills are being developed in creative, exciting and thought provoking ways.
Come along and watch learners from Hamilton College demonstrate how Lego Mindstorm robots helped develop their problem solving skills, take the I-pad journey with Bellshill Academy pupils and find out how to bring science into your school community through Citizen Science activities.
Download the STEM programme of workshops and seminars detailing dates and times:
STEM at the Scottish Learning Festival 2013
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