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Science for Primary and Early Years
Developing Subject Knowledge

Second Edition


June 2007 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Science for Primary and Early Years is a comprehensive guide to the subject knowledge requirements for the teaching of science in early years settings and primary schools. This second edition consists of activities to help the reader extend their own understanding of science. Part One explores understanding the nature of science, processes of planning, carrying out and evaluating scientific investigations, collecting and using data, hypothesizing, predicting, fair testing, use of correct terminology and understanding health and safety as well as key ideas in science that underpin subject knowledge. Part Two builds on these ideas as it explores in more detail life and living processes, the environment, electricity and magnetism, light, sound and the earth in space.

This text is part of the series Developing Subject Knowledge which covers English, Mathematics and Science and provides authoritative distance learning materials on the national requirements for teaching the primary core curriculum, working with the early years and achieving qualified teacher status. It is designed for initial teacher training, experienced practitioner self-study, and will help towards GCSE revision.

This is a set book for the Open University Course, 'Ways of Knowing: language, mathematics and science in the early years'.

 
List of Figures
 
Acknowledgements
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE
 
The Nature of Science and Science Processes
 
Materials and their Properties
 
Forces
 
Energy
 
PART TWO
 
Living Things and Life Processes
 
Continuity and Change
 
Ecosystems
 
Electricity and Magnetism
 
Waves and Light
 
Sound
 
Earth and Space
 
Bibliography
 
Useful Addresses
 
Index

This book is quite simply one of the best on the market for helping non-specialist trainee teachers develop their content knowledge for teaching science successfully in the primary school.

Mr Duncan Lloyd
Department of Primary Education, Greenwich University
May 31, 2016

This will be added to the reading list for our trainees as an extra source of information for subject knowledge enhancement - thank you

Miss Louise Hawxwell
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
May 29, 2014

This book will provide helpful additional materials for our Early Years and Primary students.

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester Univ.
November 28, 2013

The chapters were separating into easily understandable subheadings that the trainee's could access quickly without having to read the whole chapter. A useful asset to have whilst on their school placement.The suggested activities generated opportunities for the trainee's to develop their students critical thinking and address concepts never discussed in that way before. Subject knowledge was supported by commentary which enabled trainee's to reflect upon their own learning as well as their students.

Mr Andrew Sheehan
Department of Education, Newman University College
May 8, 2013

Clear, concise and detailed. A very useful text for practitioners to support their own CPD. Helps to develop understanding of science and the confidence to engage children with the subject

Mrs Michelle Williams
applied health sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
September 5, 2010

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