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The current national curriculum programmes of study for science at key stages 1 and 2 have been disapplied with effect from 1 September 2013 for pupils in years 3 and 4 and are no longer statutory in relation to those year groups. This means that schools are free to develop their own curriculums for science that best meet the needs of their pupils, in preparation for the introduction of the new national curriculum from September 2014
Science remains a compulsory national curriculum subject at all 4 key stages, and the existing programmes of study and attainment targets remain statutory for pupils in years 1, 2, 5 and 6 in 2013 to 2014, because they will underpin the statutory key stage 1 and 2 tests in 2014 and 2015. New statutory programmes of study and attainment targets will be introduced from September 2014 for all year groups except years 2 and 6: for those year groups, the new curriculum will take effect from September 2015.
For more information visit the DfE website:
Please note: The information on this page was originally put together to support the old QCA schemes of work for Science. Teachers may find some of the links to resources still useful but the units of work no longer apply and you should independently verify the accuracy of the information yourself before placing any reliance upon it.
Assessment & Reporting Arrangements
Assessment without Levels: An Update from Herts For Learning New
The new National Curriculum, which becomes statutory in September 2014, does not make any reference to ‘levels’ as a means for assessing pupil progress. Advisers working across Herts for Learning Ltd are currently in the process of developing guidance and tools to support schools with assessment in the new National Curriculum.