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Teaching Science in the Primary Classroom

Second Edition


208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the First Edition:

' This is an excellent book not only for student teachers (probably its main target audience) but for anyone involved in science lessons in the primary school. It is easy to read and gives clear practical advice including suggestions for effective classroom organisation. A real strength of the resource is that the writers have a wide range of experience in teaching science in the primary school.' Primary Science Review

`Teaching Science in the Primary Classroom is a great resource that will help you turn the theory into straightforward fun science lessons. Well worth the money for students in training and experienced teachers needing some new inspiration' Child Education

This exciting new edition of a popular book offers the reader the following new elements:

- explicit advice on how to link science to cross-curricular learning

- updated advice on planning and assessment

- guidance on how to accommodate personalised learning within science

- more on games to use in science

- more on creativity

- more on questioning techniques, an important aspect of scientific enquiry

- a whole new chapter on using ICT to teach science.

There are lots of practical examples, and clear guidance on how to turn theory into creative and lively science lessons and activities. Examples of children's work are included, and there are plenty of helpful case studies.

Hellen Ward is Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, a widely-published author and a frequent presenter at conferences. Judith Roden is Principal Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, and a successful author.

Claire Hewlett and Julie Foreman are both Senior Lecturers at Canterbury Christ Church University.

 
1 What Is Science?
Judith Roden and Hellen Ward
2 The Skills Learners Need to Learn Science – Process Skills
Hellen Ward and Judith Roden
3 Observation, Measurement and Classification
Judith Roden
4 Raising and Analysing Questions and Use of Secondary Sources
Judith Roden
5 Scientific Enquiry
Hellen Ward
6 Planning And Assessing Learning
Hellen Ward
7 Science from Stories
Claire Hewlett
8 Using Role-play to Stimulate and Develop Learners’ Understanding of Scientific Concepts
Julie Foreman
9 Science from Games
Hellen Ward
10 Organisational Issues
Hellen Ward
11 The Use and Abuse of ICT

Praise for the First Edition:

' This is an excellent book not only for student teachers (probably its main target audience) but for anyone involved in science lessons in the primary school. It is easy to read and gives clear practical advice including suggestions for effective classroom organisation. A real strength of the resource is that the writers have a wide range of experience in teaching science in the primary school' - Primary Science Review


Praise for the First Edition:

`Teaching Science in the Primary Classroom is a great resource that will help you turn the theory into straightforward fun science lessons. Well worth the money for students in training and experienced teachers needing some new inspiration' - Child Education


A very interesting book. It is pleasing to see the focus on process skills. A range of useful topics are covered including assessment and the use of role play and stories.

Mr Paul Purser
Faculty of Education, Birmingham City University
June 26, 2013

A very interesting read that provides many practical ideas for teaching science in the classroom.

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester University
March 15, 2013

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

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

This is an excellent text for beginner primary teachers as it combines very practical advice with a strong underpinning rationale.

Dr Philip Hood
School of Education, Nottingham University
October 5, 2010

Good focus on skills and an excellent starting point on most topics such as AfL, children's ideas and cross-curricula links

Mr Graham Lowe
Faculty of Education, Birmingham City University
July 19, 2010

A very useful book that is extensively used by our students in Teaching Science 1 as a basis for investigative work.

Mrs Sarah Hindmarsh
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
January 15, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF


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Hellen Ward

Hellen Ward is actively involved in science education, working as a Principal lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and with teachers in a number of Local Authorities. Hellen has written several books and a number of other publications, and has developed teaching resources and teaching materials to support the teaching and learning of science. She has also contributed to science television programmes, website and teaching resources for the BBC Hellen is faculty Director for STEM at Christ Church and is also an independent education consultant. Hellen is an active member of the Association for Science Education (ASE). and a... More About Author

Judith Roden

Judith Roden is an experienced teacher of science in all phases of education. She was a Principal Lecturer working in the Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, where she undertook the role of crossphase science team leader, managing a large team of science tutors. She has written a number of science books including the Reflective Reader in Primary Science Education, co-wrote Extending Knowledge in Practice as well a number of books, articles and chapters in respected science books. Judith now works part time for Teach First Kent and Medway. More About Author

Claire Hewlett

Julie Foreman

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