Science in The New Zealand Curriculum: Years 5 to 8 (ERO May 2012)

The Science in The New Zealand Curriculum: Years 5 to 8 report shows that primary school science programmes need improvement.

The report, released by the Education Review Office (ERO), on 1 May, shows that only 27 percent of schools have effective or generally effective science programmes for Years 5 to 8 students.

The findings of the report Science in The New Zealand Curriculum: Years 5 to 8 are based on 100 schools reviewed in 2011.

The report is one of ERO’s successive evaluations of the teaching and learning of science in primary schools since 2004.

ERO makes several recommendations including that schools review the priority given to science teaching and learning in their curriculum, and the quality of science teaching and learning.

An earlier report published by ERO in 2010, Science in Years 5 to 8: Capable and Competent Teaching, provides examples of high quality teaching and management practices related to science education. It includes self-review questions and indicators of good practice which schools can use to review their science teaching in Years 5 to 8.

Both reports are available on ERO’s website