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Leeston Consolidated School – Using rubrics to assess aspects of the nature of science

Leeston Consolidated School is a year 1 to 6 primary school on the outskirts of Christchurch, with a roll of around 400.

The leaders and teachers at Leeston Consolidated School have been working with Maree O’Boyle, primary science facilitator from UC Education Plus in Canterbury on teaching, learning and assessment in science.


The school was keen to build teachers’ confidence and capability, and understanding of the Nature of Science-Science Capabilities, in order to develop the Science Capabilities in their students. They applied for Ministry of Education PLD funding to do this. They were allocated 100 hours and have been working with Maree since then.

Professional learning alongside staff to meet the school’s needs includes:

  • class team teaching
  • observing-mentoring
  • Science Inquiry learning conversations
  • staff meetings and Teacher Only Day
  • guiding and supporting the Lead Teacher in updating the Science Curriculum based on the New Zealand curriculum
  • assessment and moderation.