Assessment - looking at children’s work in science


The teaching approaches described in the methodologies section of these guidelines may be used by teachers to provide a range of learning experiences for their pupils. Children’s participation in these activities, their questions, predictions, hypotheses, discussions, explanations, drawings, models, writings and artefacts provide important information about their progress in achieving the objectives of the science curriculum.

This information is crucial to the teacher’s professional judgement about how successfully pupils are learning. A number of techniques will be used in collecting and recording information about pupil progress in science. Each has its contribution to make in assisting the teacher in assessing progress, identifying difficulties, communicating to the pupil, parents and others and in planning further learning for the child.