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Primary Science

Primary Science
A Guide to Teaching Practice

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208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What is science? What is good science education? How can science be intelligently linked to the wider primary curriculum?

Becoming a confident and informed teacher of primary science requires a strong understanding of key practical, conceptual and pedagogical issues that underpin best practice science teaching in the primary school. Addressing current curriculum concerns, the dynamic nature of the curriculum landscape, and the wider challenges of developing good practice in science education, Primary Science provides an indispensable overview of important areas of teaching that every aspiring primary school teacher needs to understand.

Written directly for initial teacher education students, this textbook supports classroom practice and provides a broad survey of key aspects of primary science teaching including: the role of science in the curriculum, communication and literacy in science teaching, science outside the classroom, teaching science to all, transitional issues and assessment.

Essential reading for all students studying primary science on primary initial teacher education courses, including undergraduate, postgraduate, and employment-based routes into teaching, it will also support the continuing professional development of early career teachers.
Alan Peacock and Mick Dunne
How Science has evolved
Alan Peacock
Learning from elsewhere: An international perspective on the development of primary science
Richard Watkins
Linking science to the wider curriculum
Dave Howard, Ashlee Perry, Malcolm Smith, Liz Flintoft and Robert Collins
Linking science to numeracy and ICT
Tara Mawby
Science literacy
Leigh Hoath
Learning science beyond the classroom
Sarah Earle and Natasha Serret
Children communicating science
Mick Dunne and Dave Howard
Tricky Topics and how to teach them
Tara Mawby and Mick Dunne
Planning for assessment for learning
Leigh Hoath and Tanya Shields
Transitions in science education
Dave Howard and Ashlee Perry
Effective inclusion practice in primary science
Alan Peacock and Mick Dunne
A way forward

'Aspiring and newly qualified teachers will find in this book invaluable advice discussing reasons for and ways to implement teaching approaches that support primary children's effective learning in science. This book is important reading for beginning primary teachers throughout the UK.' - Wynne Harlen, OBE, Visiting Professor, University of Bristol

This book explores some of the wider issues within science teaching and learning. Some good starting points for discussion and clarification of terms and ideas e.g. science literacy. Some useful links to further reading and websites.

Sue Luke
Education , Health and Social Care, Winchester Univ.
September 5, 2014

Lots of good advice and practical tasks for newly qualified teachers and those wishing to brush up on their understanding of Science in the curriculum.

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

This book is to be added into the reading list for the Primary science Year 2 modules. It will come in very useful as these trainees complete their Year 2 teaching practice after the module finishes so we can direct them to aspects of the book to support them in their preparation for placement - thank you!

Miss Louise Hawxwell
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
May 29, 2014

Very useful text for primary teachers and for teacher trainees. Lots of in depth information regarding current science practice and ICT in the classroom.

Mrs Sharron Galley
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
August 22, 2013

An intereresting text that trainees would find useful to develop their understanding in a number of areas. It is good to see that assessment for learning and effective inclusion are considered.

Mr Paul Purser
Faculty of Education, Birmingham City University
June 20, 2013

This book is clearly organised and presented . It gives a valuable outline of different aspects relating to Primary Science

Mrs Gill Fry
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
June 19, 2013


Mr Padraig EGAN
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, University of East Anglia
June 6, 2013

The chapters were different from other traditional science textbooks, which was interesting to read. The chapters addressed fundamental cross-curricular approaches where students could invisage how such a style of teaching could be possible.

Mr Andrew Sheehan
Department of Education, Newman University College
May 8, 2013

This provides an interesting read, is clearly laid out and easily accessible for students to engage with.

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester University
February 6, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Mick Dunne

Alan Peacock

Alan Peacock is Honorary University Fellow at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, and until recently was Editor of Primary Science journal for six years. He has worked in teaching, training and research in science education for over 40 years, in various regions of the UK and overseas.  He has carried out primary science consultancy work for the British Council, UNESCO, the EU, The National Trust, various environmental groups and numerous NGOs in Africa, including in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Senegal and Mozambique. His publications include Science Skills: A Problem-Solving Activities Book (Taylor &... More About Author