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Table 7: An interview with a Primary School science coordinator

Sample interview questions for the Principal


and/or science coordinator/teacher re:
science provision in the setting.
Is there a science coordinator and/or how
many specified science teachers are there
in the school?
What are the duties/responsibilities of the

science teacher/coordinator?

Does she teach any, all students or just

specific year groups?

Responses from the Principal and/or


science coordinator/teacher re:
science provision in the setting.
Yes / 8 teachers
Coordinator -> planning - organizing overseen the science program curriculum and assessments
Teachers -> design - write - update the
curriculum - assessments - reports

Teach all students of the year group

Obtain a teaching schedule and any

Yes/ daily plan - weekly plan - yearly


plan

Who is responsible for science policy and


provision within the setting?
(Can we obtain a copy of the policy?)

Principal - VP - science coordinator

Online/Blended Learning:

schemes of work, lesson plans, software


used etc. from the science
coordinator/teacher.

Does the setting have its own website? If

so, what is the URL, who created it and


who is responsible for managing and
updating it?

Yes /
http://www.gemswestminsterschoolrak.com/

Is there any online/blended learning taking

place related to science? If so, how is this


delivered?

Yes/ We use education city as a tool of


science learning in uploading the

science materials for the students


What ICT resources are used specifically
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for teaching science?


What science
equipment/manipulatives/resources can be
found the setting? (Is there a list?
Differentiate between the classroom; the
science lab and other areas in the setting e.g.
library)
Is there a budget for materials?
Who trains teachers and staff in the use

Youtube - google - Education city bitesize - TES

Yes
Edulab
Lab assistance

the equipment?

Who manages the equipment and materials?


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Is/Are there dedicated science labs in this


setting?
If yes, how is it used and by whom? How is
it organised? What equipment can be
found here?

Yes/ all basic science equipments for


primary and secondary

If no, why not? e.g. lack of funds? No

need? Enough science equipment and


expertise in each classroom?

Yes

Does the setting feel it has enough

specialist science teachers, technicians


and dedicated science rooms?
Which science resources does the setting
feel it needs or would like to have to
achieve its vision or better science teaching Science kits
and learning?
Books
e.g. Science Kits, books, wifi,

manipulatives/models, digital

Lab equipments
Models

cameras/camcorders, lab equipment OR


soft materials (consumables- colored
paper, glue, popsicle sticks etc.).
What are the safety rules?
Are the safety rules posted in the science

setting?

Who developed these and are they

mandatory/enforced?

What safety equipment is available and


when is it used commonly?

Don't touch animals


Wear safety goggles
Wear lab coat
Wear gloves when necessary
Don't eat at your workstation
Clean up your workspace
Be careful with sharp tools
Wash your hands

Is safety equipment available for all

Fume cupboard
Safety room for chemicals
Eye washer
Coat / Gloves / Glass

Is equipment cleaned, if so by whom? Who

Lab assistant

Does the MOE/Zone/KHDA provide unit

Moe - term plan - yearly plan - lesson


plan

Are there weekly planning meetings? What

Yes/ planning for the week lesson

Who attends the planning meetings?

Teachers with coordinator

Does the school have specific goals related

Yes

students in the classrooms?

Yes

manages this duty?


Planning for learning- how are the science
lessons planned for in the setting?

plans/lesson plans? (can we obtain a copy


of this?)

is usually done in the planning meetings?

to science (TIMMS scores etc.)?


10 How is learning assessed in the science
classroom?

By activities - projects - experiments digital

Is there an assessment plan for the

semester? What does it include?

Do teachers collect student data? What

data, when, and what is it used for?

How do students get feedback so that they

can make improvements?

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What science professional development /


training do teachers currently receive or
have recently had?
How frequently and from whom did they
/are they receiving this?
Do they have a document that outlines this

PD?

Yes / peer assessment / formative /


summative

Yes / level the students /


differentiation

They get feedback from the teacher


after every assessment / activity

Yes / Gems PD
Classroom teaching and learning

What PD do they think teachers in the

setting still need?

Reflation:
Every day in GEMS school in grade three students I attended two classes
for the math and one class in sciences. In science class I teach the student
about food group and I focus in simple way to explain for them about the
food. Also I attract them by the activates to interest them to evaluate the
lesson aims. The teacher give them a note to write its in their notebook to
study for the exam Also, I asked my teacher about the next lesson to
prepare to them a quiz to see if they know about today lesson.