What is the importance of science lessons

Organization of lessons

  • Who teaches the new subject Natural sciences?

The field of expertise Natural sciences is taught by all teachers who have a teaching qualification or teaching permit or authorization to teach in at least one of the subjects biology, chemistry or physics. Specialized teachers who have a teaching qualification or teaching permit or authorization to teach in two of the subjects mentioned are particularly suitable.

  • Can the subject Natural sciences be divided into the individual subjects biology, chemistry and physics at the orientation level?

No. Lifeworld contexts always include aspects of all three natural sciences. It therefore makes perfect sense to teach them in an integrated manner. The subject areas of the new subject Natural sciences are chosen so that the characteristics of the three subjects are not lost.

  • What is the importance of double lessons in the subject Natural sciences?

The establishment of double lessons (e.g. 2 double lessons in grade 5 and one double lesson in grade 6) is desirable, as they encourage the implementation of student-centered and competence-oriented lessons. Double lessons are particularly advantageous for student experiments, projects and investigations.

  • What is the function of the school's internal NaWi teams?

The interdisciplinary cooperation in school-internal NaWi teams facilitates the planning, implementation and reflection of lessons in the new subject Natural sciences as well as the creation of school's own work plans. If possible, specialist teachers from all three natural science subjects should be represented in a NaWi team. Further advantages of team building are the possibility of team-internal training as well as alternating participation in training events and the subsequent transfer of the content to the NaWi team.

  • Can schools with a focus on the natural sciences (grammar schools and IGS) continue to apply for additional teacher hours according to point 1.2.6 of the "VV teaching organization at grammar schools and integrated comprehensive schools"?

Yes! As before, a total of up to a maximum of 8 additional teaching hours can be allocated.

  • How is the ability to compensate for the natural sciences subject in the 6th grade annual report?

The field of expertise Natural sciences in grade 6 has a positive balance within the subject group German, mathematics, 1st and 2nd compulsory foreign language.

Positive compensatory in this case means that with the subject Natural sciences Grades below “sufficient” in the aforementioned subjects can be offset. Should be the grade for the subject Natural sciences are even below "sufficient", this grade counts among the other subjects and can also be offset by this.

This regulation applies to all secondary schools in Rhineland-Palatinate.

  • Are class tests written in the natural sciences?

No, no class tests are written in the natural sciences. According to the general school regulations of June 12, 2009 (Section 8, Section 50 and Section 52), performance assessment and assessment must be based on a variety of oral, written and practical forms of work. In addition, there is the possibility to schedule a written review in every school semester, which may extend to the content of the last ten lessons and may last up to 30 minutes.

More detailed information on performance assessment and assessment can be found in the framework curriculum for natural sciences in the orientation level in Chapter 4.1 Notes on performance assessment and assessment.