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Explaining Primary Science

Third Edition


March 2024 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 and recently qualified teachers develop into confident science educators.
 
This new edition comes with:
  • An exploration of scientific misconceptions on key topics 
  • How to take action to protect the environment through primary science teaching
  • A newly streamlined focus prioritising essential primary school subject knowledge
  • Links to national curricula for England and Scotland
  • Videos of useful science experiments and demonstrations for the primary classroom
 
Introduction: Teaching primary science today
 
Chapter 1: Biodiversity
 
Chapter 2: Ecosystems
 
Chapter 3: Microorganisms and Cells
 
Chapter 4: Plants
 
Chapter 5: Animals
 
Chapter 6: Variations and Adaptation
 
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

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 early years were spent exploring woodland, peat bogs, lochs, and the local Campsie Fells taking in their natural history.His first formal science lesson in ‘the big school’ included being told that the universe includes matter and energy. That elegant and intriguing starting point was the hook that set him on a lifelong journey of sharing science, its processes and philosophies, with school pupils and teachers.  He possesses undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in life science and in education, is a Chartered Science Teacher and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.  Nicky has held teaching,... More About Author

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