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Tom Hainge

Product Manager at Pango

How To: Teach the KS1 Science Curriculum

How To Teach the KS1 Science Curriculum

KS1 marks children’s introduction to science lessons, so it’s essential to ensure that the teaching methods employed are engaging, fun, and interactive to capture the attention of young learners and help them develop a love for science. The KS1 science curriculum is designed to introduce young learners to the basic concepts of living things, materials, and physical phenomena.

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Lesson planning just got a lot faster

Lesson planning just got a lot faster!

At Pango, making teachers' lives a little easier is what we're about, which is why we've spent the last couple of months giving Pango a complete refresh. We've taken on board Pango teachers' feedback and listened to teachers' needs to develop an update that:

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Schemes of Work: How to choose the right one

Schemes of Work: How to Choose the Right One

A scheme of work is a long-term plan designed to ensure that students are taught all the skills and knowledge in the curriculum for that subject.  Schemes of work are typically broken down into teachable units or modules.

Schemes can be highly valuable in two key ways:

  1. Schemes should reduce teacher planning and preparation time, and
  2. Ensure students are taught progressive lessons that cover the full curriculum. 

However, not all schemes are made equal and the wrong scheme, or following a scheme totally rigidly can cause difficulties.

If you’re new to schemes of work or wonder how they can benefit you and your class, keep reading.  

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6 tips for teaching a meaningful, high-impact PSHE curriculum

6 tips for teaching a meaningful, high-impact PSHE curriculum

Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) is an integral part of a child’s education. PSHE is currently a non-statutory subject. However, the Department for Education does expect all schools to teach PSHE to their students. And, some parts of PSHE are compulsory; for primary schools, it is compulsory to teach relationship education and in state-funded primary schools it is also compulsory to teach health education.

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Primary School science

How to teach science if you’re not a science expert

Teaching science can be a daunting idea;

  • What if the experiments go horribly wrong?
  • What if they ask me why trees grow, and rocks don’t?
  • What if they can tell that I’m not a scientist?

It’s no wonder that only 32% of primary teachers strongly agree that they are “confident in teaching science”. (The Wellcome Trust’s State of the Nation report of UK Primary Science Education)

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