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Teaching Science in the Primary Classroom 3ed

by Hellen Ward and Judith Roden SAGE Publications Ltd
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Who was right about gravity - Aristotle or Galileo? Do woodlice like the damp or the sunshine? Now in full colour, the new edition of this core textbook is packed full of exciting ideas and methods to help trainees and teachers looking for creative ways of teaching science to primary school children. It's the perfect step-by-step guide for anyone teaching science for the first time.


Reflecting the new curriculum, the third edition has been extensively updated throughout and now includes:

  •  a brand new chapter on teaching science outdoors

  •  lots of guidance on how to work scientifically in the classroom

  •  a new focus on assessment of 'secondary readiness'

  •  new activities and case studies, with helpful links to developing scientific skills.


With practical examples, case studies, clear guidance on how to turn theory into creative practice, and lots of ideas for lively science lessons and activities, this is the ideal book for anyone studying primary science on initial teacher education courses, and teachers looking for new ideas to use in the classroom.

1. What is Science? - Hellen Ward
2. The Skills Learners Need to Learn Science – Process Skills - Hellen Ward
3. Observation, Measurement and Classification - Judith Roden
4. Raising and Analysing Questions and Use of Secondary Sources - Judith Roden
5. Scientific Enquiry - Hellen Ward
6. Planning and Assessing Learning - Hellen Ward and Keith Remnant
7. Science from Stories - Claire Hewlett
8. Using Role-play to Stimulate and Develop Learners' Understanding of Scientific Concepts - Maria Elsham and Julie Foreman
9. Science from Games - Hellen Ward
10. The Use and Abuse of ICT - Manette Carroll and Hellen Ward
11. Learning outside the classroom - Andrew Berry

Hellen Ward is Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, Programme Director for the Modular PGCE at Christ Church and also an independent education consultant and active member of the Association for Science Education (ASE).

Judith Roden has over 30 years experience of teaching science at all levels and is currently a principal lecturer and cross-phase science team leader at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has had several articles published and is co author of 'Teaching Science in the Primary Classroom: a practical guide' (Paul Chapman, 2005).