The Primary STEM Ideas Book: Engaging Classroom Activities Combining Mathematics, Science and D&T, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Primary STEM Ideas Book

Engaging Classroom Activities Combining Mathematics, Science and D&T, 1st Edition

By Elizabeth Dr Flinn, Anne Dr Mulligan

Routledge

175 pages

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pub: 2019-06-12
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Description

The Primary STEM Ideas Book is designed to promote the integrated teaching of STEM in the primary classroom by providing teachers with lesson ideas for investigations and projects. The statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for science, mathematics and design and technology are comprehensively covered through a variety of practical, stimulating and engaging activities, which have all been tried and tested in the primary classroom. The interrelationship between the STEM subjects is strongly integrated throughout, allowing children’s knowledge and skills to develop with confidence in these key subjects through activities which only require easily accessible resources generally found in the classroom.

Written by subject specialists with years of classroom experience teaching STEM, each chapter contains:

  • A rationale showing links to the National Curriculum
  • Key subject knowledge
  • Brief session plans
  • Ideas for supporting higher and lower attaining children
  • Follow up ideas to provide extra inspiration

Including ‘how to’ guides and other photocopiable resources, this book is perfect for creating integrated lessons, group work and discussions relating to STEM. The Primary STEM Ideas Book provides easy to follow instructions and helps spark fresh inspiration for both new and experienced teachers in primary STEM education.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. How to use this book
  3. Curriculum maps

  4. It’s about time
  5. Sundials

    Water clocks

    Candle clocks

    Gravity clocks

    Alarm clocks

    Tracking the sun

  6. Pattern
  7. Are you The Vitruvian Man?

    Fibonacci and the golden rectangle

    Symmetry in nature

    Number patterns

    3-D Shape bubbles

    Cargoes

  8. A to B
  9. Egg race

    Defying gravity

    Post a crisp

    Animal antics

    Is fastest best?

    Cable cars and lifts

  10. Plant Magic
  11. Pea mazes

    Living walls

    Meet a tree

    Grow a meal

    Plants for building

    Sunflower race

  12. Help!
  13. Heliographs

    Buoyancy aids

    Wind chill

    Whistles

    Compasses

    Beachcombing

  14. Chocolate
  15. How strong is chocolate?

    Percentages

    Chocolate wrappers

    Flat pack building

    Making chocolate

    Market research

  16. Up, up and away
  17. Paper planes

    Jet engines

    Rockets

    Catapults

    Parabolas

    Payloads

  18. Moving beyond the curriculum

Who forged the cheque?

Chain reaction

Building with triangles

Sorting machines

Packing puzzles

Makey Makey

About the Author

Dr Elizabeth Flinn worked in cancer research before retraining to become a primary science specialist. She taught KS2 and KS3 Science in a variety of schools in the state and independent sectors for over a decade. She is now a Lecturer in Primary Science and Design &Technology Education at Middlesex University in London.

Dr Anne Mulligan is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University in London where she teaches primary mathematics on the Initial Teacher Education programmes. She has over 20 years of experience teaching in the primary classroom, specialising in KS1, and spent four years as a Deputy Head Teacher before moving to Teacher Education.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General