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Primary Science: Teaching Theory and Practice

Primary Science: Teaching Theory and Practice

Sixth Edition

144 pages | Learning Matters

The essential teaching theory and practice text for primary science. Covering the skills of planning, monitoring and assessment and class management, it relates these specifically to primary science. With full coverage of the theory and practice required for effective and creative science teaching, this text is an essential guide for all trainees working towards QTS. Throughout, practical guidance and features support trainees to translate this learning to the classroom, embed ICT in their lessons and to understand the wider context of their teaching. This Sixth Edition includes links to the 2012 Teachers' Standards and notes on the new National Curriculum.

Key Features

  • All chapters and content are clearly linked to the 2012 Teachers' Standards
  • Promotes effective teaching through secure pedagogical knowledge
  • Practical and accessible guide to science teaching
  • Encourages the reader to reflect on their learning and make links between theory and practice
The Nature of Science Understanding
Processes and Methods of Scientific Enquiry
Children's Ideas
Science in the Foundation Stage
Teaching Strategies
Classroom Organisation and Management
Assessment Recording and Reporting
Using ICT in Science
Health and Safety

Some of our cohort decide to follow the middle school experience where they effectively teach 7 to 12 year olds. This is a book that appears on their reading list

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

A particularly useful chapter on Science in the Foundation Stage - full of useful hints on activities, planning, recording and the role of the adult.

Mrs Jean Bourne
Community Studies, Herefordshire College of Technology
June 5, 2013

A comprehensive overview of teaching theory and practice related to primary science.
Sections on the nature and characteristics of scientific undertanding set the subject in context and the chapter on childrens' ideas provides guidance on the nature of misconceptions and how to elicit these. Other sections identify how ICT might be used to support the teaching of science, and key aspects of H&S.
A really useful guide - I will be recommending for another module at a different institution.

Ms Tracey Martin
Faculty of Society and Health, Bucks New University
May 23, 2013

This text has been recommended to the undergraduate students as useful in supporting their science modules

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

Useful text to support undergraduate primary trainees subject knowledge development. Questions act as good check on understanding.

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

Useful text to support primary teachers in planning and delivering CfE.

Mr Nick Hood
Department of Educational Studies, Edinburgh University
December 11, 2012

Have added this as recommened supplementary reading for third year primary science course.

Ms Mandy Allsopp
Department of Educational Studies, Edinburgh University
November 13, 2012

This is very useful because of content and simple format

Ms Sally Howard
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
October 31, 2012

Useful support for this important subject area.

Mr Neil Rutledge
Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
October 15, 2012

Clear links with Teacher'standards keep students focussed upon criteria for the course. I particularly like the symbol for linking chapters in the margin for quick reference. Another strong feature is the 'M level extension' for further reading.

Roger Tapley
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
July 20, 2012

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

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

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

Shirley Simon

Shirley Simon is Lecturer in the School of Education at King's College, London. More About Author

Robin James Smith

I was appointed Lecturer in Sociology in 2012. I am currently PhD Programme Co-ordinator and convenor of three undergraduate modules. My research and teaching is concerned with the everyday life of urban public spaces. I am interested in, and encourage students to take an interest in, both the street-level politics of city life and the mundane accomplishment of mobility practices and interaction. These themes have been addressed through research on everyday sense-making in regenerated space, practices of street-based welfare and vulnerable urban groups and, most recently, an investigation of co-operative mobility practices. I also have an... More About Author

Alan Cross

Diane Harris

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