Understanding Primary Science
Ideas, Concepts and Explanations
AUTHOR: Wenham, Martin W.
PUBLISHER: Paul Chapman Publishing
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`It will be a welcome companion to the many activity-related primary science programmes which have been published in the last ten years in England. It will fill a gap for teachers of primary science world wide too, as its examples are most generally available, and, though it complements The National Curriculum, it is not tied uniquely to it, either in the language it uses or the topics it includes' - International Science Journal
`The author has written a fine book which is a bold attempt to offer information and guidance to those teachers who declare a lack of confidence in their background knowledge of science' - Primary Science Review
`A publication such as this was long overdue and will be warmly welcomed by many. Highly recommended for schools and primary student teachers' - Child Education
Based on the requirements of The National Curriculum but not confined to them, the book sets out the facts, develops the concepts and explains the theories needed to understand the observations and investigations which children at primary level are likely to undertake. The aim has been to meet the needs of all primary teachers and their pupils, including those working towards the Attainment Targets at levels 4 and 5, as set out in the Statutory Orders issued in January 1995. This has meant a fundamental rethink of the way in which many science topics are approached and developed, in order to avoid the use of ideas and theories which are too abstract and remote from children's and teachers' own experience. Ideas and explanations are supported throughout by practical examples and demonstrations, most of which can be readily adapted for use in the classroom. The text does not assume a great deal of specialized scientific knowledge, but it does assume that readers will be willing to try things out for themselves and think again about experiences which they and their pupils may at present take for granted.
PUBLICATION DATE: 4/11/1995