Q2. How much time is spent teaching maths and science and how frequently? Does this differ across different age groups?
Why this is important
However, Wellcome and a group of organisations involved in science education believe that primary schools should teach science for an average of at least the international average of two hours per week.
The Confederation of British Industry61 surveyed 200 UK primary schools in 2015: 17% of English primary schools spent 3 hours or more on science per week, 48% spent 2 hours a week, 28% spent 1 hour a week and 7% spent less than an hour.
Ideas for improvement
- School leaders, including governors, should be monitoring the structure of the school’s current timetable for each year group and ensuring science and maths have an adequate place.
- School leaders should have considered the strengths and weaknesses of different timetabling options to ensure the current iteration is the best for all pupils’ learning in science and maths.
Other questions in Curriculum
- Q1. How are the school’s science and maths curricula developed to provide pupils with a rich and broad learning experience?
- Q3. How are working scientifically and working mathematically embedded in the school’s science and maths curricula? How often do science lessons include hands-on activities?
- Q4. How are the science and maths curricula enriched? What extracurricular opportunities are available for pupils?
- Q5. How does the school aid with transitions between phases of education in regard to science and maths?