Precision or Process – KS3 Science

A practical science lesson is observed and analysed Two education experts forensically analyse a Year 9 science lesson focusing on how to balance the importance of scientific precision with keeping the process fun and engaging. The experts are Malcolm Reed and Sasha Matthewman, both PGCE tutors from Bristol University, and authorities in classroom teaching and practice.

The lesson they view is taught by head of science Dave Dennis at Haydon School in west London. Its focus is healthy eating, centred on a practical experiment to discover whether there is salt and fat in a beef burger and a veggie burger. This lesson can be watched in full on the Teachers TV website in the programme Uncut Classrooms: Science.

Central to Malcolm and Sasha’s analysis of Dave’s lesson is their consideration of how to balance the necessity of scientific precision with pupil engagement through the fun of the process.

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