What knowledge do you regard as essential to include in the current General Science Curriculum? Please also set out why this is essential and at what grade level.
*There are three documents included in this section:
The Curriculum document sets out what should be taught in each grade and subject. It includes details about course contents (concepts, scope, learning domains, standards, benchmarks, student learning objectives, etc.)
The progression grid shows the progression of knowledge and skills from one grade to the next. This helps in ensuring that students are taught age-appropriate material and that teachers are sequencing learning effectively and avoiding repetition of material that was taught in earlier grades.
Overview of Improvements
The overview includes all the improvements that have been incorporated in the subject area and the rationale for doing so.
Please find below a glossary of terms that are used in the documents:
Benchmark: An intermediate-term learning goal and understanding the child must achieve for promotion from a lower Learning level to a higher Learning Level. These are also identified as minimum standards for a particular learning level (adapted from Bowen, 2017). “Domain” will be used to indicate sub-components of a subject.
Domain: Disciplines within a learning area. For example: History, Geography, Economics and Civics can be domains in Social Studies.
Standard: The long-term learning goals and understandings for a particular lesson, chapter or the whole course.
Student Learning Outcome: Observable mechanism for when students will use the knowledge and skills they acquire from a particular lesson, chapter, or the whole course and apply those knowledge and skills to new situations which can even be beyond the context of the specific course.
Note: A subject is divided into domains. Each domain has standards which are used to determine the benchmark or minimum standards. After identification of minimum standards for each learning level, detailed student learning outcomes are designed by subject experts