Science 5-11

A Guide for Teachers, 2nd Edition

By Alan Howe, Dan Davies, Kendra McMahon, Lee Towler, Tonie Scott, Chris Collier

© 2009 – Routledge

256 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415480451
pub: 2009-04-21
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About the Book

This second edition of the bestselling textbook Science 5-11 provides a synthesis of ideas about teaching and learning that focuses on answering the question ‘How best should I teach science?’ Offering a practical and innovative guide which is ideal for students, trainee and practising teachers, the book provides full information on the appropriate science topics for Key Stage 1 and 2, outlining the subject knowledge that a teacher needs, the curriculum requirements and the best ways to go about teaching, with an emphasis on practical science enquiry.

Fully updated to include:

  • The possibilities for talk and discussion within science lessons
  • How children might record their ideas and findings
  • How ICT can be incorporated into lessons
  • How science can be linked to other subjects in a creative and cross-curricular way
  • Citizenship and education for sustainable development

The authors draw on their expertise to identify approaches to teaching that are best used in different areas of science, and help readers understand key teaching issues by considering them in relation to specific contexts. With advice on lesson planning and a user friendly structure, this book forms essential reading for all students and practising teachers in primary education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Science, learning and teaching 2. Materials and their properties 3. Changing materials 4. Sound 5. Light 6. Forces 7. Electricity 8. The Earth and beyond 9. Humans and other animals 10. The green kingdom: plants 11. Living things in their environment 12. The Science Subject Leader References

About the Authors

Alan Howe has 15 years experience of working with trainee teachers in primary science and is Co-Programme Leader for undergraduate Education Studies at Bath Spa University.

Daniel Davies is Head of Applied Research and Consultancy at Bath Spa University and founder of the Centre for Research in Early Scientific Learning .

Kendra McMahon is Senior Lecturer in Primary Science at Bath Spa University and currently researching teaching science in the later primary years.

Lee Towler has recently retired from her post as Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Bath Spa University.

Christopher Collier is Senior Lecturer in Primary Science at Bath Spa University and leads the BSU course for Primary Science Subject Leaders.

Tonie Scott is currently headteacher at Bishop Henderson Primary School, Somerset.

About the Series

Primary 5-11 Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology