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Science: Curriculum

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2007, Official Report, column 701W, on science: curriculum, for what reason specific mention of (a) role of lung structure in gas exchange, (b) tectonic processes, (c) geomorphological processes, (d) weather and climate, (e) ecosystems, (f) population distribution and change, (g) the growth and development of settlements and (h) specific properties of light and sound is no longer proposed to be included in the National Curriculum programmes of study. (137397)

The changes in science and geography are in line with the remit that the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority was given in February 2005 when it was asked to review the Key Stage 3 curriculum. Although some of the language in the draft programmes of study has been changed, the extent of the subject content remains the same. These changes have been made to ensure that pupils can progress from their Key Stage 2 understanding through Key Stage 3 to a point where they can progress to Key Stage 4.

The following table covers the inclusion of the specific topics in the new Key Stage 3 programmes of study for science and geography.

Topic

Where it will be covered in the new Key Stage 3 science or geography programmes of study

(a) role of lung structure in gas exchange

Science—Range and content—Organisms, behaviour and health bullet 1 (respiration is a life process)

(b) tectonic processes

Geography—pupils to learn about how human and physical processes shape places, landscapes and societies

(c) geomorphological processes

Science—New section in Range and content—The environment Earth and Universe

Geography—pupils to learn about how human and physical processes shape places, landscapes and societies

(d) weather and climate

Geography—pupils to carry out studies that involve physical geography and physical processes—this should include study of weather and climate.

(e) ecosystems

Science—New section in range and content—The environment Earth and Universe

Geography—pupils to learn about how human and physical processes shape places, landscapes and societies

(f) population distribution and change

Science—Some precursor work in new section in range and content—The environment Earth and Universe

Geography—pupils carry out studies that involve human geography, built and managed environments and human processes

(g) the growth and development of settlements

Geography—pupils to learn about how human and physical processes shape places, landscapes and societies

(h) specific properties of light and sound

Range and content—Energy, electricity and forces, explanatory text (the properties and behaviour of light and sound)