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March 2017 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Successful science teaching in primary schools requires a careful understanding of key scientific knowledge. Explaining Primary Science 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

Explaining Primary Science has been well written with the primary trainee teacher in mind throughout. Subject knowledge is presented in a way that is easy to access with explicit links to the National Curriculum as well as creative activities to develop trainees’ pedagogy and confidence to teach this important subject. This will be a welcome addition to the Primary Science reading list at LSBU.

Jenny Fogarty
Senior Lecturer in Education, London South Bank University

This book covers essential content across the sciences  to guide teachers to meet curriculum requirements. The authors write in a clear and accessible manner. With a long-standing experience in teacher education, the authors encourage teachers to deepen their interest in science and support them with developing their practice with pupils. A helpful resource for those beginning to teach.

Laura Colucci-Gray
University of Aberdeen

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.

Sarah Brew
Parents in Touch

This is a very useful book to teachers of children of primary age, and those working within the equivalent of Scotland's "Broad General Education" phase. It is full of highly practical activities right across the curriculum, with explicit links to both Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence and the English National Curriculum Whether confident in science or not, this book will help you teach confidently and effectively in all of the principal areas of science. Highly recommended in particular for Probationers/NQTs.

Mr Nick Hood
Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh University
October 26, 2017

This is a very comprehensive and hugely useful book to both trainee and practising primary teachers. It is directly related to the current curriculum, and weaves working scientifically through as it is intended to be experienced - through the science content itself. Learning objectives are highlighted, there is a good range of content and context, and the suggestions for practical activities will be of great support for planning and in the classroom.

Ms Katy Bloom
Institute of Childhood and Education, Leeds Trinity University
March 2, 2017

A very concise supportive insight as to how Science should be delivered and supported within the primary context.

Mrs Mary Stephen
School of Education, University of Aberdeen
January 13, 2017

Explaining Primary Science by Chambers and Souter is a no nonsense examination of subject knowledge required to teach the subject at primary school level. A handy reference to curriculum links in England and Scotland is also helpful for the busy teacher or student. The video link to Sages website to view the video experiments an added bonus. These are quick snapshots to show what resources are required. as well as showing results of the investigations. I would recommend my students purchase this in preparation for their' NQT' year.

Roger Tapley
Department of Primary Education (Canterbury), Canterbury Christ Church University
January 13, 2017

Please use my comments on the feedback as the review

Mr Paul Hopkins
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
January 13, 2017

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Chapter 1: Biodiversity


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Paul Chambers

Paul Chambers worked in industry prior to attending Jordanhill College of Education where he qualified as a physics and mathematics teacher. He then taught in a number of schools and was head of physics for over fourteen years. Whilst at school he was seconded on a number of occasions as staff trainer in physics and science. He was appointed lecturer in physics education (Initial Teacher Education) at the University of Strathclyde in 1999 and senior lecturer in 2003. He was also head of department for STEM education from 2003–2005 and a member of the Physics Qualifications Development Team which produced the new physics curricula in... More About Author

Nicholas Souter

Nicholas (Nicky) Souter’s first science lesson in ‘the big school’ included being told that the universe consists of matter and energy. That elegant and intriguing starting point was the hook that set him on a lifelong journey of sharing science with school pupils and teachers. He possesses undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in life science and in education awarded by the University of Glasgow, Jordanhill College of Education, Paisley College of Technology and the Royal Society of Biology. He established a reputation as an innovative secondary science practitioner and leader while developing a profile in curriculum development,... More About Author