Understanding Science Ideas: a Guide for Primary Teachers

Understanding Science Ideas is a concise and colourful book that was written by members of the Nuffield Primary Science project team to help teachers to discuss and understand key science ideas and explanations at an appropriate level, consistent with the philosophy of the project.

Research findings
The SPACE researchers had found that many teachers considered that they did not have the necessary knowledge to teach science and seriously lacked confidence in teaching it. However, they also found, that when required to take note of children’s ideas and give attention to children’s ways of reasoning, teachers saw that children were learning without being fed the ‘right answers’. A change also took place in the teachers’ views of the nature of science.

Contents
The book starts with a short introduction that discusses what primary teachers need to understand about science concepts and science process skills. This is followed by 30 short sections, of two to six pages, covering all the key concepts in the National Curriculum. Each page is highly illustrated and picks out the key ideas and the related childrens’ ideas.

Show health and safety information

Please be aware that resources have been published on the website in the form that they were originally supplied. This means that procedures reflect general practice and standards applicable at the time resources were produced and cannot be assumed to be acceptable today. Website users are fully responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is in accordance with current regulations related to health and safety and that an appropriate risk assessment has been carried out.

Downloads

Published by

Actions

Share this resource

Lists that tag this content