Practical Ideas for Teaching Primary Science is a fun and interactive guide which supports teachers to design and deliver enjoyable science lessons.
Practical Ideas for Teaching Primary Science is a fun and interactive guide which supports teachers to design and deliver enjoyable science lessons. Peter Loxley explores different scientific topics – from growing plants and nutrition to forces and magnetism – with an emphasis on story-telling and art to help children share their ideas and work collaboratively in the classroom. This practical guide uses a three-stage framework design to encourage and guide sociocultural practice across three levels: KS1 (5–7), lower KS2 (7–9) and upper KS2 (9–11). The ideas for practice are placed in engaging and significant contexts to encourage curiosity and enquiry and, most importantly, promote feelings of pleasure and satisfaction from science learning. Teachers are guided through hands-on puzzles and activities such as role-play and design and technology tasks both inside and outside of the classroom, with health and safety aspects highlighted throughout, to inspire children’s interest in how the world works from an early age and provide them with the skills to apply their new-found scientific thinking in other contexts.
Practical Ideas for Teaching Primary Science is an invaluable teaching resource for both trainee and qualified teachers.
- Chapter 1: The Nature of Science Learning
- Chapter 2: Earth and Space
- Chapter 3: The Seasons
- Chapter 4: Plants
- Chapter 5: Animals Including Humans
- Chapter 6: Keeping Health
- Chapter 7: Living Things and their Habitats
- Chapter 8: Evolution and Inheritance
- Chapter 9: Rocks
- Chapter 10: Properties of Materials
- Chapter 11: Light
- Chapter 12: Forces and Magnetism
- Chapter 13: Sound
- Chapter 14: Electricity
Features of the ‘Ideas for Practice’ chapters (2-14) include:
- scientific stories and progression
- setting the scene for learning
- promoting classroom talk
- staged approach to science learning
Age Range: Primary
Authors: Peter Loxley