As a record of pupil achievements
at KS2 Passport provides tangible
information to KS3 teachers to build
upon that success. A choice of investigations
and structured follow-up helps you
plan the elusive smoother transition.
Many primary and secondary schools
currently organise transition events
for pupils. Passport offers
a standard framework to make this
process easier for teachers.
Passport could also be used
as a stand alone activity in Year
6, to help pupils focus on their investigative
skills. Trial schools have found this
useful for post-SATs resources.
Passport is presented as a
colour or black and white pdf file
to print out which pupils write on.
pdf file contains an A5 twelve page
pupil booklet. The six pages should
be printed back to back.
additional sheet of visa stamps
can be printed onto sticky labels
or cut and pasted by pupils into
Page 1 - Cover
A designed cover for pupils.
Page 2 - Personal details
Name, school, class
Page 3 - Personal data
A record of personal features e.g.
height and eye colour in Year 6 and
Year 7. This gives an opportunity
to introduce variation in QCA Unit
7D, as some features change whilst
others remain the same.
A section on Good health. Pupils record
their vaccinations as they would in
a normal passport. This could be linked
to work on micro-organisms.
Page 4 - About yourself
Pupils think about the relevance
of science to their everyday lives.
When first asked to name a scientist
in their family many pupils will find
it difficult to give an answer. Pupils
think about different jobs that friends
and family do and begin to appreciate
where the science fits in.
Page 5 - My scientific skills
You choose your own criteria for
awarding 'Visas' to pupils as rewards
Practical visas. Pupils record their
skills so they can see their progression
through KS2 and 3. They learn to use
different equipment with a higher
degree of accuracy.
Page 6 - Apparatus visa
Pupils tick off pieces of apparatus
as they become competent with them.
Some can to be completed in Year 7
to show pupils their progression.
Page 7 - Vocabulary visa
Pupils keep a record of scientific
terms during Year 6 to take into Year
Pages 8-11 - Investigations visa
A choice of three investigations
to begin at KS2 and complete at KS3.
These pages are left blank for pupils
to record their investigations.
Page 12 - Where you have been
Pupils record web sites they use
for research during Year 6. They record
science visits with an official stamp
from the science centre.
The three investigation topics have
been chosen for their clear continuity
in content between the two key stages.
The Year 6 activities dovetail easily
with Year 7 units that can be covered
in September, and alternative activities
have been produced for children who
have not completed Passport
in Year 6. Choose from:
Looking at habitats and adaptations.
This activity is fun for the summer
term. The amount of fieldwork required
is flexible and options for different
habitats mean that school geography
is not a barrier. Communication, group
work and literacy are highlighted
at different points in the activity.
Uses easily resourced and much-loved
jelly dissolving to build investigative
practical skills, including predictions,
analysis and evaluation.
Focusing on their faces, pupils collect
variation data that draws them into
the world of the Ancient Greek 'Golden
ratio'. Numeracy is highlighted by
pupils calculating simple ratios.
Many primary schools trialled Passport
last term with some using their own
different investigations. We are eager
for feedback as to whether you would
find a generic writing frame useful
for the investigations. If so, what
sort of sections should be included?
Let us know by email to: