2nd Edition

Teaching Science Creatively

By Dan Davies, Deb McGregor Copyright 2017
    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    How can you unlock your own creativity to help children learn science creatively?

    How do you bring the world of ‘real science’ into the classroom?

    Where does science fit in a creative curriculum?

    This second edition of Teaching Science Creatively has been fully updated to reflect new research, initiatives and developments in the field. It offers innovative starting points to enhance your teaching and highlights curiosity, observation, exploration and enquiry as central components of children’s creative learning in science.

    Illustrated throughout with examples from the classroom and beyond, the book explores how creative teaching can harness children’s sense of wonder about the world around them. With easily accessible chapters, it offers a comprehensive introduction to the core elements of creative science learning, supporting both teacher and child in developing scientific concepts and skills.

    The book explores key issues such as:

    • the links between scientific and creative processes
    • how to teach creatively, and for creativity
    • the role of play in early scientific learning
    • developing scientific understanding through drama (new)
    • using the outdoors in science
    • how theories of learning relate to children’s creative development
    • teaching science topics in innovative and creative ways – games, drama, role play, puppets, mini-safaris and welly walks!

    Stimulating and accessible, with contemporary and cutting-edge practice at the forefront, Teaching Science Creatively introduces fresh ideas to support and motivate both new and experienced primary teachers. It is an essential purchase for any professional who wishes to incorporate creative approaches to teaching science in their classroom.



    1. Science and Creativity  2. Teaching Creatively and for Creativity  3. Teaching Science Creatively in the Early Years  4. Being Creative with the Curriculum  5. Creative Exploration – Ian Milne and Teresa Cremin  6. Working Scientifically Together  7. Developing Scientific Understanding Creatively through Drama  8. Using Language Creatively in Science  9. Using New Technologies Creatively in Science  10. Using the Outdoors Creatively in Science  11. The Wider Role of the Creative Primary Science Teacher


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

    Deb McGregor is Professor of Education in the School of Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

    "It can be challenging to teach science effectively and enthusiastically within the constraints of a primary school classroom, but help is at hand with the second edition of this informative book. It has been fully updated to reflect new research, initiatives and developments in the field and offers innovative starting points to enhance teaching. It helps teachers to harness children's natural curiosity, observation, exploration and enquiry, to give them a fuller understanding of science." - Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch