Big and powerful ideas of science

The big and powerful ideas of science are subject-specific ideas that have been inspired by those from Harlen (2010) and others.  These big ideas are specific for biology, chemistry and physics and attempt to describe the major understandings that students should acquire by the time they leave school.  These are powerful ideas in that they comprise specialist knoweldge that takes students beyond their everyday way of thinking, allowing them to explain a range of phenomena in radically new ways.

At the moment these ideas are draft and I would welcome any feedback below from teachers. They are being shared at this point in the hope they are useful for teachers thinking about curriculum in light of the new Ofsted framework.

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