Tried and Tested Primary Science Experiments: Practical Enhancements for Science in the Primary Curriculum, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Tried and Tested Primary Science Experiments

Practical Enhancements for Science in the Primary Curriculum, 1st Edition

By Kirsty Bertenshaw


128 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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The modern world needs more scientists and engineers, and good science education is key to filling this gap. Especially in the current climate of rapid curriculum changes, a lack of emphasis on training can result in unconfident teaching and monotonous lessons. To rectify this, this book offers methods to deliver the National Curriculum aims at primary school in an interesting, hands-on and fun fashion.

Tried and Tested Primary Science Experiments provides a practical step-by-step guide for all year groups, helping teachers to create more engaging and fun science lessons in the classroom. All experiments are simple to follow, fail-safe and are designed to enthuse and inspire students. It includes:

  • tried and tested guides to running successful science experiments;
  • clear instructions that outline the simple equipment required, how to carry out the experiments and what results to expect;
  • suggestions for adapting each activity to the special needs and interests of the students.

Aimed at primary school teachers and trainee teachers, this illustrated guide refers directly to the new curriculum and is an essential resource for every primary classroom.

Table of Contents

Contents Year 1 Plants Growing plants Seasons Classification fo trees Deciduous and evergreen Animals including humans Identifying common animals Materials Grouping materials Testing materials Seasonal changes Making a wind meter Barometer Rain gauge Year 2 Living things and their habitats Living , dead and never alive Living things and their habitats Food chains Plants Growing plants Growing conditions Animals including humans Animals and their offspring Keeping something alive! Investigating the international space station Uses of everyday materials Testing materials Further testing comparing materials Year 3 Plants Model plants Conditions for growth Transport of water in plants The flower life cycle Animals including humans Animals and their food Investigating skeletons and muscles Rocks Sorting rocks Investigating soil Modelling a fossil Light Mirror magic Viewing the sun safely with pinhole cameras Light – shadow puppets Forces and magnets Attracting magnetic materials Year 4 Living things and their habitats Grouping living things Design your own classification key Environmental change Animals including humans Modelling the digestive system Modelling teeth States of matter Solids, liquids and gases Changing state with cholocolate Puddle practicals Sound Listening to sounds Straw flutes String instrument demonstration Recycled instruments Electricity Circuits conductors and insulators Year 5 Living things and their habitats Life cycles Flower dissection Animals including humans Changes as humans age Properties and changes of materials Dissolving and solutions Separating mixtures Testing uses of materials Materials for insulation Reversible and irreversible changes Earth and space Model solar system The Earth and the Moon Forces Egg drop challenge Homemade friction boards Catapults Year 6 Living things and their habitats Classifying animals Animals including humans Model of the blood Model of the blood vessels Heart dissection Lifestyle and body functions Evolution and inheritance Giraffes then and now! Dinosaurs Parent and offspring Adaptations Light Shadows Seeing objects Electricity Circuit symbol snap Series circuit Index

About the Author

Kirsty Bertenshaw is an award-winning science teacher and is founder and director of STEMtastic education consultancy. She is a regular columnist for Education Today and has also delivered a training session for the Science Learning Centre in York.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary