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Primary Science: Knowledge and Understanding

Primary Science: Knowledge and Understanding

Sixth Edition

224 pages | Learning Matters
The essential subject knowledge text for primary science. Secure subject knowledge and understanding is the foundation of confident, creative and effective teaching. This comprehensive text includes interactive tasks, a self assessment section to allow trainees to better understand their level of knowledge and M level extension boxes to provide further challenge in all chapters. With full coverage of the science curriculum, and updated research summaries reflecting the latest thinking, this text is written to help trainee primary teachers develop and consolidate their knowledge of science. The Sixth Edition of this popular book features detailed links to the 2012 Teachers' Standards.

Key Features
  • All chapters and content are clearly linked to the 2012 Teachers' Standards
  • Includes essential links to the new Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Comprehensive and accessible guide to primary science
  • Encourages the reader to reflect on and consolidate their learning
Functioning of Organisms: Green Plants
Functioning of Organisms: Humans and Other Animals
Continuity and Change
Particle Theory and the Conservation of Mass
Electricity and Magnetism
Forces and Motion
The Earth and Beyond
Self assessment Questions

An excellent source in supporting personal knowledge and understanding of Science within the National Curriculum.

Mrs Gabrielle Morley
Primary Education, University Centre at Blackburn College
June 16, 2014

Those wishing to teach secondary science need to have a firm grounding in the formative years preceding the secondary phase. This book is a a very good starting point. Our cohort are pointed to this text as thet train for both middle and secondary school education.

Mr Rob Tweats
Education Div., Keele University
February 25, 2014

A must for any student who needs focus on identifying which areas of science they need to develop. Language used is accessible to any non-scientist.

Mr Andrew Sheehan
Department of Education, Newman University College
February 3, 2014

A good reference book particularly useful for students not confident in teaching primary science. Easy to use quickly for reference purposes. Students tell me it has helped in preparation for lessons given at short notice during teaching placements.

Roger Tapley
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
September 3, 2013

A useful book which supports trainees in the development of their subject knowledge. Ideas are easy to access and those presented are the essential elements.

Ms Yvonne Rennalls
Education , Birmingham City University
July 31, 2013

Essential knowledge for all primary teachers.

Mrs Su Lowe
Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
March 4, 2013

The primary team decided to go with other books

Ms Helen Thomas
Secondary & Post-Compulsory Education, Birmingham City University
February 28, 2013

This book has been recommended to students on BA Primary as a useful text to support their science modules

Mrs Sarah Hindmarsh
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
January 22, 2013

very accessible text for under graduate use covering key principles and practices in primary science

Mrs Jessica Baines-Holmes
School of Education, Brighton University
January 9, 2013

This is a useful book which I will suggest as an option for students to buy if they need support with their Science knowledge.

Mrs Lisa MacGregor
Faculty of Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
December 20, 2012

Graham A Peacock

Graham Peacock is Principal Lecturer in Education at Sheffield Hallam University. He has taught children across the primary and secondary age ranges. More About Author

John Sharp

John Sharp is Professor of Higher Education and Head of the Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute (LHERI) at the University of Lincoln. More About Author

Rob Johnsey

Rob Johnsey, formerly a primary school teacher, lectured in primary science in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick for several years. More About Author

Debbie Wright

Debbie Wright is the BEd (Primary) Programme Director at Rolle School of Education, University of Plymouth. She has extensive experience of primary teaching, and of lecturing in primary science education. More About Author

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