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Explaining Primary Science

by Paul Chambers and Nicholas Souter SAGE Publications Ltd
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Pbk 408 pages
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Successful science teaching in primary schools requires a careful understanding of key scientific knowledge. This book covers all the major areas of science relevant for beginning primary school teachers, explaining key concepts from the ground up, helping trainees develop into confident science educators.

Classroom activities and Videos of useful science experiments and demonstrations for the primary classroom are integrated into each chapter to translate concepts into teaching practice.

Chapter content is linked to the National Curriculum in England and the Curriculum for Excellence, demonstrating how you could relate understanding to the relevant curriculum taught in schools.

Chapter 1: Biodiversity
Chapter 2: Ecosystems
Chapter 3: Cell Biology
Chapter 4: Plants
Chapter 5: Life Processes
Chapter 6: Inheritance, Genes and Life
Chapter 7: Animal Behaviour
Chapter 8: Types of Matter
Chapter 9: Properties and Uses of Matter
Chapter 10: Materials from the Earth
Chapter 11: Chemical Changes
Chapter 12: Water and its Uses
Chapter 13: Space
Chapter 14: Energy
Chapter 15: Electricity
Chapter 16: Light
Chapter 17: Sound
Chapter 18: Forces
Chapter 19: Gravity and Weight

Trainee teachers who are not scientifically-minded may find the prospect of teaching science daunting - but this excellent book is here to help and give confidence. It's a really approachable book, which demystifies science, ensuring teachers have the confidence to tackle the subject in the best possible way to help their pupils. The layout is good; it's easy to find what you want and the activities, of which there are a huge number, are clearly delineated, making navigation easy. An invaluable book for new and for experienced teachers.
Paul Chambers - University of Strathclyde

Nicholas Souter - University of Strathclyde