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Primary Science
A Guide to Teaching Practice

Second Edition
Edited by:


December 2014 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Why is science hard to teach? What types of scientific investigation can you use in the primary classroom?

Touching on current curriculum concerns and the wider challenges of developing high-quality science education, this book is an indispensable overview of important areas of teaching every aspiring primary school teacher needs to understand including: the role of science in the curriculum, communication and literacy in science teaching, science outside the classroom, transitional issues and assessment.

Key features of this second edition include:

• A new chapter on science in the Early Years

• A new practical chapter on how to work scientifically

• Master’s-level ‘critical reading’ boxes in every chapter linking topics to relevant specialist literature

• Expanded coverage of creativity, and link science to numeracy and computing

This is essential reading for all students studying primary science on initial teacher education courses, including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, School Direct, SCITT), and also NQTs.

Mick Dunne is Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Manchester Metropolitan University
Alan Peacock is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter


Alan Peacock and Mick Dunne
The Current Context of Primary Science Teaching
Alan Peacock and Mick Dunne
Why is Science Hard to Teach?
Mick Dunne and Rania Maklad
Doing Science
Eleanor Hoskins
Play-based Science
Richard Watkins
Linking Science to the Wider Curriculum
Malcolm Smith, Liz Flintoft and Robert Collins
Science and Computing
Dave Howard, Ashlee Perry and Jill Todd
Science and Mathematics Connections
Leigh Hoath
Learning Science Beyond the Classroom
Sarah Earle and Natasha Serret
Learning Science Through Talk
Mick Dunne and Dave Howard
Tricky Topics and How to Teach Them
Tara Lievesley, Mick Dunne and Sarah Earle
Planning for Assessment for Learning
Leigh Hoath and Tanya Shields
Transitions in Science Education
Dave Howard and Ashlee Perry
Effective Inclusive Practice in Primary Science
Alan Peacock and Mick Dunne
A Way Forward

This is a very useful book on primary science.

Mrs Gill Fry
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
May 8, 2015

This book contains a range of materials and examples which will support our PGCE Science course at Level 6.

Miss Jenny Fogarty
Division of Education, London South Bank University
February 18, 2015
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Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch. 1: The Current Context of Primary Science Teaching


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