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Science in the New Zealand Curriculum: Understanding Progress from Levels 2 to 4

Lorraine Spiller and Sandy Robbins from NZCER are presenting workshops for teachers in Years 4 to 8 based on two new reports from the 2017 National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) science study. The interactive workshops will show teachers and curriculum leaders how insights from the NMSSA findings can be used in the classroom. The workshops are supported by the Ministry of Education and are free. Attendee numbers are limited to 30 per workshop and up to three participants per school. 

Where and when will the workshops be held 
The venues and dates are: 

  • Wellington at Ricoh Sports Centre, Fraser Park on June 11 

  • Christchurch at Sudima Hotel on June 13 

  • Auckland at Waipuna Hotel on June 18. 

Participants can choose either a morning or an afternoon session.  
The morning session will run from 9.00am to 11.30am and the afternoon session will run from 1.30pm to 4.00pm.  
Morning or afternoon tea will be provided. 
How to enrol 
Open the link to sign-up for one of the workshops: NZCER workshop sign up

The new reports
The 2017 NMSSA science study shows that most students at Year 8 are not making sufficient progress in Science, and in particular the Nature of Science strand. To begin to address this, the NMSSA Project team, with support from the Ministry of Education, have dug deep into the findings and insights from the NMSSA study to develop two new reports. Together the reports help to strengthen the understanding of science teaching and learning, with a particular focus on supporting learner progression between Years 4 to 8. 

The two reports are: 
2017 National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement for Science: Insights for Teachers Report, which includes practical insights into learning in science at Years 4 and 8; and 
Science in the New Zealand Curriculum: Understanding Progress from Levels 2 to 4, which provides clear indicators of what progress looks like between curriculum levels 2 to 4, across the five science capabilities that make up the Nature of Science. 

Schools can use both these reports as resources to ensure their science curriculum provides appropriate opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning against the science capabilities, including literacy and numeracy skills. Workshop attendees will be given copies of the reports to take away.  

The National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement - Wānangatia Te Putanga Tauira, is a collaboration between NZCER and the Educational Assessment Research Unit (EARU) of the University of Otago, on contract to the Ministry of Education.  You can find out more, and read the latest reports from this study, on the NMSSA website. 

27 May 2019