Science 5-11 : A Guide for Teachers book cover
3rd Edition

Science 5-11
A Guide for Teachers

ISBN 9781138690585
Published June 16, 2017 by Routledge
304 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This third edition of the bestselling textbook Science 5–11 has been fully updated to provide a synthesis of research and best practice in teaching and learning that focuses on successful ways to engage and motivate young scientists.

Responding to the new curriculum, particularly ‘Working Scientifically’, this edition now includes:

  • New sections on whole-school assessment, mentoring, transitions and a topics-based approach.
  • Reference to the ‘big ideas’ of biology, chemistry and physics with chapters clearly related to this new subject structure.
  • Updated tables of progression in each topic area and reference to cross-curricular contexts.
  • New self-assessment questions for teachers, the option for higher-level thinking and further reading.
  • An updated chapter on subject leadership with an increasing emphasis on monitoring progress.

Bringing together research undertaken from a range of activities in the field, this book forms a comprehensive and clear guide, outlining the subject knowledge that a teacher needs, the curriculum requirements and the best ways to go about teaching. A practical guide ideal for students, trainees, mentors and other practising teachers, the book provides information on appropriate science topics for Key Stage 1 and 2.

Table of Contents


Section 1 Teaching science – how theories inform practice

Section 2 – Teaching biology topics

Chapter 2.1 Living things and their habitats

Chapter 2.2 Plants

Chapter 2.3 Animals, including humans

Section 3 – Teaching chemistry topics

Chapter 3.1 Everyday materials and their properties

Chapter 3.2 Changing of materials

Section 4 – Teaching physics topics

Chapter 4.1 Earth and space

Chapter 4.2 Light and sound

Chapter 4.3 Electricity

Chapter 4.4 Forces and magnets

Section 5: Supporting science across the school

Chapter 5.1 A whole-school approach to assessment

Chapter 5.2 Subject leadership

Chapter 5.3 Transitions


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Alan Howe is Head of Department for Education Studies, Bath Spa University.

Christopher Collier is Senior Lecturer in Education, Bath Spa University.

Kendra McMahon is Senior Lecturer in Education, Bath Spa University.

Sarah Earle is Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, Bath Spa University.

Dan Davies is Dean of Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University.