Business leaders claim the “sheer scale of prescription” in the new science curriculum will leave pupils in England little time for practical experiments.
This concern has stemmed from the fact that business demand for science has long outstripped supply and there is a need to develop young people’s interest in science.
“Encouraging young people to develop a serious interest in science depends above all on their having plenty of opportunity to get hands-on experience of conducting practical experiments.”
Whilst business leaders are worried about the lack of ‘hands-on’ experience allowed by the new national curriculum, the Department of Education assures that this is not the case.
“There is just as much importance placed on practical work in the new science curriculum as the current version, and in fact there will be more opportunities for children in primary schools to undertake practical experiments.”
Whilst the proposed UK national curriculum is being criticised for its lack of practical application, online resources such as IntoScience allow students to gain practical experience virtually! IntoScience puts teachers and students at the controls of over 100 engaging activities, simulations and experiments to learn science through ‘hands on’ learning.
Bring science to life in your classroom and give your students the practical experience they need to develop a strong interest in science.
Source: BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22174035