Now in its Third Edition, this text provides the background knowledge primary teachers need to plan effective programmes of work and answer children's questions with confidence. The new edition links explanations of scientific concepts with children's everyday experiences to help teachers and trainees foresee how they will present the subject knowledge to their pupils.
Shaped by the National Curriculum, this text explains key scientific theories and concepts which pupils at primary level, including very able children, need in order to understand the observations and investigations they undertake. A CD ROM of 200 science investigations for young students is included with the new edition, allowing teachers to explore the practical application of topics covered in the book.
This is an essential book for teachers, student teachers and anyone interested in the roots and growth of science education.
Martin Wenham originally trained in plant biology and forestry, becoming a teacher in 1967, after four years in full-time research. His teaching experience has included work in secondary, primary and special schools, with pupils of all ages from 5 to 18. Between 1989 and 1998 he was a Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Leicester, specializing in science and art.
PART ONE: DEVELOPING SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE Helping Children to Become Scientific PART TWO: LIFE PROCESSES AND LIVING THINGS Life processes Humans and Other Animals Plants Variation, Classification, Adaption and the Environment PART THREE: MATERIALS AND THEIR PROPERTIES Matter Grouping and Classifying Materials Changing, Combining and Separating Materials PART FOUR: PHYSICAL PROCESSES Electricity Forces and Motion Gravity and Magnetism Sound and Light The Earth and Beyond