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Introducing blueprint v1


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Blueprint is a free 5-year plan for GCSE science. See how Blueprint works: download the presentation, show it in a departmental meeting, or forward it to colleagues.

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Introducing blueprint v1

  1. 1. © Mastery Science 2018 Introducing Blueprint
  2. 2. © Mastery Science 2018 Teaching this specification directly can seriously harm students’ understanding Do you know someone who’s spec-a-holic?
  3. 3. © Mastery Science 2018 Specaholism leads to students gaining fragile knowledge that they can’t apply.
  4. 4. © Mastery Science 2018 Think of GCSE as a Universe of marks 40% is Visible matter. It’s the content statements (AO1) 60% is Dark Matter. It’s beyond content statements (AO2/3)
  5. 5. © Mastery Science 2018 For AO2/3, students need to  Apply knowledge  Analyse knowledge  Use enquiry & maths skills Many schemes, textbooks and PowerPoints focus on AO1
  6. 6. © Mastery Science 2018 What to focus on for AO2/3 Key concepts Thinking processes Explicit skills  Apply knowledge  Analyse knowledge  Use enquiry & maths skills
  7. 7. © Mastery Science 2018 into organised concepts around a ‘big idea’. This structure helps students to think with what they know Key concepts Turn fragile, disconnected knowledge
  8. 8. © Mastery Science 2018 Having identified key concepts, put them in order, and revisit the big ideas every year
  9. 9. © Mastery Science 2018 Before you think about lessons or activities, plan the learning pathway to master the key concept.
  10. 10. © Mastery Science 2018 Replace overly specific objectives (basically recall of content) with ones that specify AO2/3 thinking processes. Thinking processes
  11. 11. © Mastery Science 2018 Explicit skills Go beyond occasional skills practise: harness enquiry and maths as tools to help students Acquire, Apply and Analyse concepts.
  12. 12. © Mastery Science 2018 Q: It sounds great. The problem is: there’s too much stuff already. How will I ever finish the spec if I have to teach in more depth?
  13. 13. © Mastery Science 2018 A: Blueprint minimises repetition. There is much duplication between 11-14 and 14-16. Teach for understanding the first time and students remember more. I.e. less re-teaching.
  14. 14. © Mastery Science 2018 A: Blueprint prioritises curriculum time. Many statements are facts. They can be quickly learned once students have mental hooks from key concepts to attach to. So teach concepts in years 7/8 and cram facts in year 10/11. More time Less time
  15. 15. © Mastery Science 2018 A: Blueprint leverages assessment. Use the formative stages Activate and Assess to check understanding and gauge how much time to allocate to concepts. Also, make sure summative tests measure progress in AO2/3.
  16. 16. © Mastery Science 2018 Blueprint is a 5-year curriculum plan for new GCSE demands. It can be adapted to any spec and customized to your needs. Blueprint CPD Teaching Assessment