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Explaining Primary Science

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April 2017 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Successful science teaching in primary schools requires a careful understanding of key scientific knowledge. Explaining Primary Science covers all the major areas of science relevant for beginning primary school teachers, explaining key concepts from the ground up, helping trainees develop into confident science educators.

Classroom activities and videos of useful science experiments and demonstrations for the primary classroom are integrated into each chapter to translate concepts into teaching practice.

Chapter content is linked to the National Curriculum in England and the Curriculum for Excellence, demonstrating how you could relate understanding to the relevant curriculum taught in schools.
 
Chapter 1: Biodiversity
 
Chapter 2: Ecosystems
 
Chapter 3: Cell Biology
 
Chapter 4: Plants
 
Chapter 5: Life Processes
 
Chapter 6: Inheritance, Genes and Life
 
Chapter 7: Animal Behaviour
 
Chapter 8: Types of Matter
 
Chapter 9: Properties and Uses of Matter
 
Chapter 10: Materials from the Earth
 
Chapter 11: Chemical Changes
 
Chapter 12: Water and its Uses
 
Chapter 13: Space
 
Chapter 14: Energy
 
Chapter 15: Electricity
 
Chapter 16: Light
 
Chapter 17: Sound
 
Chapter 18: Forces
 
Chapter 19: Gravity and Weight

Explaining Primary Science has been well written with the primary trainee teacher in mind throughout. Subject knowledge is presented in a way that is easy to access with explicit links to the National Curriculum as well as creative activities to develop trainees’ pedagogy and confidence to teach this important subject. This will be a welcome addition to the Primary Science reading list at LSBU.

Jenny Fogarty
Senior Lecturer in Education, London South Bank University

This book covers essential content across the sciences  to guide teachers to meet curriculum requirements. The authors write in a clear and accessible manner. With a long-standing experience in teacher education, the authors encourage teachers to deepen their interest in science and support them with developing their practice with pupils. A helpful resource for those beginning to teach.

Laura Colucci-Gray
University of Aberdeen

Trainee teachers who are not scientifically-minded may find the prospect of teaching science daunting - but this excellent book is here to help and give confidence. It's a really approachable book, which demystifies science, ensuring teachers have the confidence to tackle the subject in the best possible way to help their pupils. The layout is good; it's easy to find what you want and the activities, of which there are a huge number, are clearly delineated, making navigation easy. An invaluable book for new and for experienced teachers.

Sarah Brew
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A very concise supportive insight as to how Science should be delivered and supported within the primary context.

Mrs Mary Stephen
School of Education, University of Aberdeen
January 13, 2017

Explaining Primary Science by Chambers and Souter is a no nonsense examination of subject knowledge required to teach the subject at primary school level. A handy reference to curriculum links in England and Scotland is also helpful for the busy teacher or student. The video link to Sages website to view the video experiments an added bonus. These are quick snapshots to show what resources are required. as well as showing results of the investigations. I would recommend my students purchase this in preparation for their' NQT' year.

Roger Tapley
Department of Primary Education (Canterbury), Canterbury Christ Church University
January 13, 2017

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Chapter 1: Biodiversity


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