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Secondary Science 11 to 16

Secondary Science 11 to 16
A Practical Guide

March 2010 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Are you looking for ideas to make your science teaching come alive?

Full of suggestions for exciting and practical activities to engage children, Practical Science 11-16 explains the science behind the experiments and shows you where it links to the national curricula in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The book covers the three sciences: chemistry, biology and physics. It contains detailed subject knowledge to ensure you grasp key concepts, and there are lots of useful diagrams to help illustrate key points.

Experiments include:

  • extracting DNA from a kiwi fruit
  • capturing rainbows
  • the chromatography of sweets
  • removing iron from cornflakes
  • a plate tectonic jigsaw

These activities will help you develop thorough subject knowledge and ensure you meet your Qualified Teacher Status standards, as well as show you ways to get your students enthusiastic about science. Perfect reading for Secondary PGCE students as well as those on GTP programs, this book is also useful for non-specialists who are trying to get to grips with the sciences.

Ruth Richards
Looking at Life
Ruth Richards
Human Reproduction and Genetics
John Twidle
Separating Materials
John Twidle
Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions
John Twidle and Mark Crowley
The Reactivity Series
Mark Crowley and John Twidle
Acids and bases
Gren Ireson
Looking at Light
Mark Crowley
Electric Motors
Mark Crowley
Ruth Richards
The Earth, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Gren Ireson
Havens Above: stars and planets
Gren Ireson
Global Warming?

'The book covers a wide range of topics across the secondary science curriculum in an engaging and accessible way, for both beginning teachers and those who are more experienced. The best

aspect of the book is the inclusion of creative and engaging practical work, which will provide an invaluable resource. I would certainly recommend the book to the PGCE and BSc Secondary Science trainee teachers that I work with' - Dr Tony Liversidge, Science Tutor and University Teaching and Learning Fellow, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Even though this book does not necessarily address our national curriculum need, it is very useful undergraduate students to see nice spectrum of topics and different activities. Practical for inservice teachers too

Dr Bahadir Namdar
Primary Education/ Science Education Program, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University
March 27, 2015

Not suitable for Scottish curriculum.

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

This book is really good for ideas for practical work.

Miss Catherine Flint
Educational Foundations , Tameside College
January 12, 2012

PGCE trainees have dipped into this text during their course and use it as a reference for M level assignments. It has been added to their reading list in the course booklet.

Irena Grounds
School of Education, St Mary's University College Twickenham
September 21, 2011

A useful guide for science trainees in practical approaches to teaching science they may not be familiar with. Within the course we do not "teach" subject knowledge but this will be a useful reference source.

Mr Keith Hicks
School of Education, Roehampton University
June 29, 2011

A good selection of topics for all three disciplines. The format is helpful with lesson objectives, self-test and good practiocal activities. Subject content and presentation are excellent. I also like the "How Science Works" insets. The chemistry section does not appear to have any HSW?
Overall a good book for begining teachers.

Charles Golabek
School of Education, University of East London
November 17, 2010

This is very useful for trainees who struggle with some of the more challenging concepts that they are required to teach. The book is well laid out and is easy to follow. The suggested practical activities are concise, but cover all the points necessary. Ideal for trainees on a PGCE secondary course, subject knowledge enhancement course, or for use by current teachers.

Philippa Baker
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
October 20, 2010

Have asked our library to buy 10 copies.
Would like this as an e-book if possible.
A very useful book, though limited - perhaps due to page number or perhaps on purpose - to some well known practicals - more would have been good e.g. on photosynthesis about which there is nothing

Dr Sue Howarth
Institute of Education, Worcester University
September 14, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Gren Ireson

Gren Ireson is a Senior Lecturer based at the University of Loughborough Teacher Education Unit. More About Author

Mark Crowley

Ruth L. Richards

John Twidle

John Twidle is a Lecturer based at the University of Loughborough Teacher Education Unit. More About Author

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