I have written to my MP, (David Davies, Monmouthshire) expressing my concerns about the draft primary science curriculum. He in turn has written to Nick Gibb – Minister of State for Schools – with a shortened version of my letter together with the one page summary I posted below. I will let you know the outcome.
In case anyone wants to do similar and wants to write to their MP so that they can also put pressure on Nick Gibb to respond and justify, where possible, the errors, poor progression and the lack of pupil voice in the draft curriculum – please feel free to use or adapt my letter.
Dear Mr Davies
I work in education and have been specialising in primary science for the last 20 years. www.annegoldsworthy.co.uk
As you will know, there has been a review of the National Curriculum and the draft curriculum for primary science was made available earlier this year http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/nationalcurriculum/a00210036/sosletter
I am extremely worried by the draft curriculum. It has several errors, very poor progression and it mitigates against good learning and teaching in science.
The attached document will give you a quick flavour of my concerns. There is far greater detail should you wish to look into it further at www.annegoldsworthy.wordpress.com
I am not alone in my concerns – I know of no colleague (teacher/provider/researcher) who is feeling positive about the proposed science curriculum.