Ofsted Subject Reports 2003-04: Primary Science

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This report from Ofsted is one of a series that were published annually in association with the Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector. The report gives the main findings of Ofsted concerning the state of science education for students aged from 3-11.

The evidence base, which the report is based upon, includes data gathered through the Section 10 inspection of Schools, which involved science specific inspectors gathering evidence and writing subject specific sections of the report.

The evidence base also included data from subject specific inspection of a sample of primary schools.

The 2003-04 report gives a range of findings including:

Standards in science remained much the same as in recent years. In Key Stage One students’ attainment is weaker in scientific enquiry than in other attainment targets. Students’ achievement is now good overall in nearly six schools in ten in both key stages. The quality of teaching and learning in science has improved and, although it remains weaker than the teaching of English and Mathematics, the gap has reduced this year.

Other issues in the report include:
- Making the most of scientific enquiry
- Making better use of assessment for learning
- Augmenting the role of the science coordinator
- Improving teachers’ knowledge and understanding of science

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