Hints and Tips - 6 minute read
Ann Wolstenholme - Subject Advisor - Science
We know that Entry Level Science is under resourced so during the lockdown, we have not been idle.
For our Entry Level Science (R483) we’ve been repurposing the legacy resources from R591.
OUP, UYSEG and Nuffield produced a set of teaching resources to help teachers teach R591. They have kindly given us permission to adapt them.
We have taken these excellent resources and identified the ones that are applicable to R483. We then plugged any gaps in content coverage with resources from other sources such as the learned societies, YouTube or from other parts of our website.
For each topic, these resources follow a similar format. When you open the zip file for a topic it will contain the following files:
Let’s now look at these files more closely.
This contains several activities designed to cover the subject content. Each teacher instruction document starts with an overview of the topic. It then suggests activities which students can do and others for teachers to demonstrate.
For example, activity sheet ELBC2a-c will look something like this:
The activity sheets are for your students to complete. They may require the student to follow instructions or complete tasks to cement their learning.
For example, activity sheet ELBC2a-c is as follows:
This activity sheet starts by helping students identify the equipment needed. It then gives them the instructions for the practical to follow. Section 3 helps in explaining the reasons for the steps in the practical. Finally, section 5 encourages them to record their results.
Since the our Entry Level Science specification is mapped to GCSE Combined Science, these resources could be used to check Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 progression, for learner checks or as starter activities. These resources are aimed at students working below level 1, but could be useful stepping stones into GCSE.
The ‘read me’ document maps the content for each topic. For example, from ELB3:
The table below shows this mapping for Topic B3, Entry Level ref: ELB3a:
For example, ELB3a:
This extract from the activity sheet ELB3a could be used as a revision tool on ‘how we maintain our body at 37˚C’, as a learner check to check knowledge of control systems or for remote or flipped learning.
We have resources that cover all Entry Level Science topics. They are found under the planning and teaching tab on the Entry Level webpage.
These resources are also on the Combined Science webpages under planning and teaching activities. Alternatively, these can also be found on the web pages for biology, chemistry and physics.
Do you have any resources you that you are using for our Entry Level Science? Are you willing to share them? Tell us about these in the comments below.
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Ann Wolstenholme – Subject Advisor, Science
Ann is passionate about supporting students of all abilities in their education and has worked for OCR looking after GCSE Sciences for over ten years, with specific responsibilities for Entry Level Science and Cambridge Technicals in Applied Science. Ann has a degree in Chemistry and Maths from the Open University. In her spare time, Ann enjoys travelling to France with her family.