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Primary Science Curriculum Guide

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This guide provides trainee teachers with an insight into the nature and teaching of primary science. It aims to introduce you to the ways in which children learn science, and to the science itself. Each Unit can be studied independently or used to support/prepare for school experiences. You will be directed towards additional reading, which will develop or confirm the subject knowledge you will need to achieve QTS.

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Overview

This guide provides trainee teachers with an insight into the nature and teaching of primary science. It aims to introduce you to the ways in which children learn science, and to the science itself. Each Unit can be studied independently or used to support/prepare for school experiences. You will be directed towards additional reading, which will develop or confirm the subject knowledge you will need to achieve QTS.

the curriculum guide is up-to-date, revised to take account of Curriculum 2000 and accepted 'good practice' in primary science teaching and learning. It is also flexible - many of the Units are stand-alone. They can be undertaken in any order, at your own pace, to complement school experiences. The Units are practical and feasible: the activities suggested can be undertaken by the non-specialist; in many cases without specialized equipment or access to large numbers of pupils. The guide is comprehensive, covering all the primary science elements in Curriculum 2000 and giving background information into other aspects of primary science teaching. It is also supportive - the guide suggests further texts to support trainees' own understanding of the scientific and pedagogical concepts involved. Additional reading draws on the TTA's list of approved key texts.

The original text was piloted by students following a distance-learning PGCE course. It has been revised and updated in line with their comments and to meet Curriculum 2000 and Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage. The text was initially developed as a core text for the part-time distance-learning course at Liverpool Hope and is designed for trainee teachers on distance learning and flexible routes, returning, converting or overseas teachers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853468827
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 What is Primary School Science? 1
Ch. 2 What is National Curriculum Science? 3
Ch. 3 How do I plan for Science? 5
Ch. 4 Differentiation and progression 9
Ch. 5 Organising your class 11
Ch. 6 Science and ICT 15
Ch. 7 Choosing published resources 17
Ch. 8 How to use this guide 19
Ch. 9 The Primary Science curriculum 21
Ch. 10 Science and language 25
Ch. 11 Children's prior ideas 33
Ch. 12 Science investigations: Plan, do, review 37
Ch. 13 Investigation in practice: Identifying factors 43
Ch. 14 Investigations and knowledge 47
Ch. 15 Assessing children's progress in science 51
Ch. 16 Teaching the content of science 55
Ch. 17 Materials and their uses 59
Ch. 18 Light and sound 63
Ch. 19 Earth and beyond 67
Ch. 20 Forces 71
Ch. 21 Humans and other animals 75
Ch. 22 Plants and other living things 79
Ch. 23 Electricity (and magnetism) 83
Additional reading 87
Index 89
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