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Reading Pupil Z level 3

About this Standards File

This Standards File contains evidence for the following activities:

  • Melting ideas
  • Freezing
  • Acid and metal reaction
  • Investigating energy in food
  • Rotpots
  • Plastic problems

The file exemplifies level 3.

Pupil profile

Pupil Z is quiet and reluctant to speak in class, but usually responds positively when encouraged or prompted. She is working at level 3, although some of her written and spoken responses suggest she is beginning to move into level 4.

  • Melting ideas

    Assessment focuses: AF1, AF2, AF4, AF5 Context As part of a unit that put several areas of science in a global context, pupils investigated ice. After investigating changes in volume when ice melts, pupils were asked to put the case for four possible explanations:

  • Freezing

    Assessment focuses: AF3, AF5 Context Following work on changes of state in a variety of contexts, pupils looked at differences between materials. They measured the temperature of the liquid octadecanoic acid (steric acid) at one minute intervals as it cooled. They then generated a cooling curve, which they used to identify the melting point.

  • Acid and metal reaction

    Assessment focuses: AF1, AF2, AF3, AF4 Context Pupils were working on ideas of chemical change and safe use of chemicals. The teacher showed them the reaction between magnesium and hydrochloric acid as an example of a chemical change. The pupils watched the reaction and then completed storyboard panels showing the sequence of events and describing their observations. Pupil's work

  • Investigating energy in food

    Assessment focuses: AF3, AF4, AF5 Context In this activity pupils investigated the idea that foods are effective energy stores. They burnt the food to heat water and compared the temperature rise to assess the amount of energy available from different foods.

  • Rotpots

    Assessment focuses: AF2, AF4, AF5 Context Work on soil, fertility and seedling growth in different conditions led to a discussion about composting and the actions of living things in the soil, then to an idea for an investigation.

  • Plastic problems

    Assessment focuses: AF2, AF3 Context Pupils produced presentations on an aspect of recycling they found interesting, targeting people of their own age to encourage them to change their behaviour. Pupils based their presentations on what they had learnt as well as on the everyday experience of young people. Pupil's work

  • Overall assessment judgement

    Pupil Z's achievements are predominantly at level 3 with some at level 4. Overall she is judged to be working at a secure level 3.

    AF1: Thinking scientifically

    Pupil Z has responded to suggestions to solve problems and answer questions. She has identified changes in phenomena and processes and used models to represent things in the real world.