Why do pupils' learning and motivation dip markedly as they move from primary to secondary school? Why is this situation worse in science than in any other curriculum subject?
This book combines reports on and reflection of best practice in improving progression and continuity of teaching and learning in science - particularly at the crucial transition stage between primary and secondary school. Presenting the views of teachers and pupils on progression and learning in science, the book suggests practical ways of improving teaching and learning. Each chapter includes examples of learning materials with notes on how these might be used or adapted by teachers in their own classroom settings.
Science teaching in secondary schools is often based on assumptions that children know or can do very little, so the job in the secondary school becomes one of showing pupils how to start 'doing science properly', as if from scratch. The damage that this false view can do to pupils' learning, motivation and confidence is clear. This book will help teachers to progress children's learning more effectively and build meaningful and enjoyable science lessons.