1st Edition

Practical Ideas for Teaching Primary Science
Inspiring Learning and Enjoyment

ISBN 9781138659650
Published November 6, 2017 by Routledge
360 Pages 121 Color Illustrations

USD $38.95

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Book Description

Practical Ideas for Teaching Primary Science is a fun and interactive guide which supports teachers to design and deliver enjoyable science lessons. Peter Loxley explores different scientific topics – from growing plants and nutrition to forces and magnetism – with an emphasis on story-telling and art to help children share their ideas and work collaboratively in the classroom. This practical guide uses a three-stage framework design to encourage and guide sociocultural practice across three levels: KS1 (5–7), lower KS2 (7–9) and upper KS2 (9–11). The ideas for practice are placed in engaging and significant contexts to encourage curiosity and enquiry and, most importantly, promote feelings of pleasure and satisfaction from science learning. Teachers are guided through hands-on puzzles and activities such as role-play and design and technology tasks both inside and outside of the classroom, with health and safety aspects highlighted throughout, to inspire children’s interest in how the world works from an early age and provide them with the skills to apply their new-found scientific thinking in other contexts.


Extended subject knowledge to all topics covered in this book can be found in Teaching Primary Science.


A companion website is available for both books. Features include:

  • web links to external sites with useful teaching information and resources
  • an interactive flashcard glossary to test students’ understanding
  • Image bank with downloadable pictures for use in the classroom.


Practical Ideas for Teaching Primary Science is an invaluable teaching resource for both trainee and qualified teachers.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Nature of Science Learning

(Chapters 2-14: Ideas for Practice)

Chapter 2: Earth and Space

Chapter 3: The Seasons

Chapter 4: Plants

Chapter 5: Animals Including Humans

Chapter 6: Keeping Health

Chapter 7: Living Things and their Habitats

Chapter 8: Evolution and Inheritance

Chapter 9: Rocks

Chapter 10: Properties of Materials

Chapter 11: Light

Chapter 12: Forces and Magnetism

Chapter 13: Sound

Chapter 14: Electricity

Features of the ‘Ideas for Practice’ chapters will include:

- scientific stories and progression
- setting the scene for learning
- promoting classroom talk
- staged approach to science learning
- assessment

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Peter Loxley taught in both primary and secondary schools for many years, including in the UK, Australisa and Jamaica. Peter was previously Subject Leader of Science Education at the University of Northampton, UK.


"Invaluable for teachers at any stage of their career, this book will refresh and enliven science teaching and give plenty of ideas to stimulate discussion throughout the primary school."— Parentsintouch.co.uk