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Science for Primary and Early Years

Science for Primary and Early Years
Developing Subject Knowledge

Second Edition

June 2007 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Science for Primary and Early Years is a comprehensive guide to the subject knowledge requirements for the teaching of science in early years settings and elementary schools. This second edition consists of activities to help the reader extend their own understanding of science. Part One explores understanding the nature of science, processes of planning, carrying out and evaluating scientific investigations, collecting and using data, hypothesizing, predicting, fair testing, use of correct terminology and understanding health and safety as well as key ideas in science that underpin subject knowledge. Part Two builds on these ideas as it explores in more detail life and living processes, the environment, electricity and magnetism, light, sound and the earth in space.

This is a set book for the UK's Open University Course, 'Ways of Knowing: language, mathematics and science in the early years'.

List of Figures
The Nature of Science and Science Processes
Materials and their Properties
Living Things and Life Processes
Continuity and Change
Electricity and Magnetism
Waves and Light
Earth and Space
Useful Addresses

This book is quite simply one of the best on the market for helping non-specialist trainee teachers develop their content knowledge for teaching science successfully in the primary school.

Mr Duncan Lloyd
Department of Primary Education, Greenwich University
May 31, 2016

This will be added to the reading list for our trainees as an extra source of information for subject knowledge enhancement - thank you

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

This book will provide helpful additional materials for our Early Years and Primary students.

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester Univ.
November 28, 2013

The chapters were separating into easily understandable subheadings that the trainee's could access quickly without having to read the whole chapter. A useful asset to have whilst on their school placement.The suggested activities generated opportunities for the trainee's to develop their students critical thinking and address concepts never discussed in that way before. Subject knowledge was supported by commentary which enabled trainee's to reflect upon their own learning as well as their students.

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

Clear, concise and detailed. A very useful text for practitioners to support their own CPD. Helps to develop understanding of science and the confidence to engage children with the subject

Mrs Michelle Williams
applied health sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
September 5, 2010

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Jane Devereux

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