Science and mathematics and are natural partners; both explore the key questions about our universe and use the same enquiry processes and skills.
Those who teach science will know that children’s understanding of scientific concepts can be greatly enhanced by applying mathematics; relationships between variables can be explored, observations can be quantified and measurements can be better visualised. However, using science to support the assessment of children’s grasp of mathematical concepts and processes is less well developed. One could argue that to be secure in a child’s mastery of a mathematical concept, they must be confident in its application.
EEC has established a wide range of science investigations that use key mathematical ideas. These have been tried and tested to support judgements of mastery in key mathematical concepts, for example, measurement of length, area, volume and time, using key functions, fractions, percentages, graphing skills, statistics etc.
Professional development sessions can be specific to a key stage, or designed to provide an overview of the principles and ideas required in designing science investigations. Sessions will focus on working scientifically and explore ways to assess mastery in mathematics.