It’s not fair – or is it?


This book is about science enquiry. It describes five different types of science enquiry. It also explains how each type helps to develop understanding. It will help to broaden the range of science enquiries that children experience. It’s not Fair, or is it? includes all the information needed for teaching working scientifically. It is for all primary teachers and student teachers who want to know more about science enquiry. The books helps to make science purposeful. This book is also for those who want to lead science effectively in their schools. Each chapter contains:

  • information about the type of enquiry.
  • starting point ideas.
  • engaging activities for children from Foundation Stage to the end of primary.
  • progression grids.
  • suggestions for assessment evidence.

Why teaching working scientifically is important

Teaching working scientifically requires different types of enquiry. It’s not fair – or is it? covers:

  • Observing over time.
  • Identifying and classifying.
  • Pattern seeking.
  • Research.
  • Comparative and fair testing.

Each section provides background on the type of enquiry. There are also examples of activities that can be used. Examples are given for each stage of primary. These activities can be placed into an everyday context. This helps children understand the practical applications of the science they are studying. It is our complete guide to teaching working scientifically.

This guide to teaching working scientifically was written with contributions from The ASE Primary Science Committee.It’s not fair is part of a range of books for teaching science enquiry. You may also be interested in Science Enquiry Games books, full of games to revise enquiry skills.

This book should be in every primary in the country. It’s an absolute must-read for science coordinators, new teachers and veterans alike. – Times Educational Supplement (TES)


Age Range: 3 – 11

Format: Paperback or interactive digital book

Authors: Jane Turner, Brenda Keogh, Stuart Naylor & Liz Lawrence

ISBN: 9780956264602


Additional information

Weight0.560 kg
Dimensions30 × 21 × 1 cm

Book only, Digital/PDF Download


Primary, Early Years

Age Range

0-5, 5-7, 7-11


Millgate House


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