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1st Edition

Working Scientifically
A guide for primary science teachers

ISBN 9781138121997
Published May 18, 2016 by Routledge
194 Pages

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Book Description

With the changes that have taken place to the National Curriculum for science, the investigations that children should experience have broadened and become a key part of the curriculum necessary for the development of knowledge and understanding. Working Scientifically is a comprehensive guide that will help primary teachers develop their skills, improve their practice and nurture ‘working scientifically’ in the classroom.

This book provides teachers with the tools and resources that are necessary for teaching science in a fun and exploratory way. Focusing on individual skills, it provides scientific activities in a number of different contexts. It explores each skill multiple times to help pupils progress through the age-related expectations and emphasises teaching through exploration, questioning and dialogue.

Using the analogy of a journey to space as the central concept, with each step of progression related to a step in the journey, chapters include:

  • What is ‘working scientifically’?
  • Raising questions, predictions and planning;
  • Observations, measurements and recording;
  • Interpreting, analysing and concluding;
  • Reflecting and evaluating;
  • Assessment.

Full of practical resources such as planning materials and assessment sheets, Working Scientifically will be an essential guide for all qualified and trainee primary teachers wishing to develop their practice in this essential area of the Science curriculum.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: What is ‘working scientifically’?

Chapter 2: Raising questions, predictions and planning

Chapter 3: Observations, measurements and recording

Chapter 4: Interpreting, analysing and concluding

Chapter 5: Reflecting and evaluating

Chapter 6: Assessment

Bibliography and references

Appendix 1 - Self- assessment sheets

Appendix 2- Teacher assessment sheets

Appendix 3- Planning mats

Appendix 4- Launch pad activities

Appendix 5- Support sheets

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Kevin Smith has worked in science education for 26 years and is Assistant Head Teacher in a cross phase special school. He is also a Consultant and Lecturer on Primary Science Initial Teacher Training courses in a number of universities in London, UK.


"By using the book, teachers will discover the tools and resources that are necessary for teaching science in a fun and exploratory way; the book is so well explained that even non-scientists will be able to easily follow and understand the concepts [...] There are plenty of activities to try out, and these are clear and easy to follow, and full of inspiration. The book also provides a large number of assessment sheets, plus guidelines and these will be very well received by teachers. - Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch