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Primary Science: Knowledge and Understanding (Achieving QTS Series) [Paperback]

Graham A Peacock , Debbie Wright , Rob Johnsey , John Sharp
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17 Jun 2011 0857250825 978-0857250827 Fifth Edition
The essential subject knowledge text for primary science. Secure subject knowledge and understanding is the foundation of confident, creative and effective teaching. The 5th edition of this popular text has a number of new features including a new self assessment section and M level extension boxes to provide further challenge in all chapters. References to the 2007 QTS Standards and the Early Years Foundation Stage are also included. With full coverage of the science curriculum, and updated research summaries reflecting the latest thinking, this text is written to help trainee primary teachers develop and consolidate their knowledge of science.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Learning Matters; Fifth Edition edition (17 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857250825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857250827
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Concise, comprehensive and makes scientific knowledge readily accessible to non science specialists." - Lecturer, Southampton University

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This book forms part of a series called 'Achieving QTS', which is aimed exclusively at trainee teachers. The series has been developed as course material and written according to the framework of the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It includes over 20 titles, encompassing 'Audit and Test', 'Knowledge and Understanding', 'Teaching Theory and Practice' and 'Skills Tests' titles. As well as covering the core primary subject areas, the series addresses issues of teaching and learning across both primary and secondary phases.

Key features:

* Clearly linked to the Professional Standards for QTS.

* Specifically written for trainee primary and secondary teachers.

* Combines underpinning theory with practical classroom examples.

* Includes research summaries, short tasks and further reading. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! what a way to improve your knowledge! 22 Oct 2007
This book was a fantastic find, as I thought i was lacking a little in general Science subject knowledge. This is by far the most thorough and descriptive book that includes everything you need to know about each individual topic and what each Key Stage needs to know. It gives questions to answer whilst reading down the margin, along with a self-assessment at the end of each chapter to check understanding. This book was very useful to me as a student, so I believe this will be the same to any student worrying about having a sufficient knowledge of the Science Curriculum. This is the 3rd edition, fully revised for the new 2007 Standards. WOW!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book for all trainee teachers! 16 Nov 2002
By A Customer
This book has to be one of the most useful books, which already supported me during my QTS course.
I would recommend it to any trainee teachers, since the book provides you with scientific information at an understandable level and presents common misconceptions, which pupils and adults/teachers may likely to show.
The book provides numerous ideas of teaching ideas, which the teacher can use in the classroom.
My vote: 5/5
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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If you are worried about your subject knowledge for teaching primary science this book is an excellent foundation upon which to build it. The book is clearly written, well organised around themes and well linked to primary practice, describing what is to be taught at each key stage. In terms of trainee teachers the book is explicitly linked to current standards for achieveing Qualified Teacher Status. Each chapter is built around these links, lays out the subject knowledge needed to meet the standards and also discusses research into children's ideas in that particular field of science. As a reader I appreciated the self evaluation questions that were contained in each chapter which made me reflect on the text and apply it the 'real world'. The best book of this type I have seen to date, I would only quibble with minor points which will probably be eradicated in a second edition. Great value and well thumbed on my desk.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Wynne Harlen has done a great job with this book.
It is a comprehensive guide to teaching science in terms of;
teaching and learning styles,
assessment methods,
use of resources and ICT to help childrens' learning,
how best to use practicals (SC1) in science lessons,
helping children to question and think scientifically for themselves,
good cross curricular links.
I am a primary science specialist PGCE student at the moment, and was given a long list of course text books for science and didn't have a clue as to which one to choose.
Take it from me, choose this one, as my copy is well thumbed after only 6 months of my PGCE course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Primary science review 7 Oct 2009
I've use this book alonside planning and to help with some input with new ideas, easy to understand and well laid out.
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Covered a lot of aspects of science and easy to read and understand, friendly book that made learning science a little more achievable, especially for someone who is not really keen on learning science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science book 9 Nov 2013
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Excellent item-as a PGCE student I constantly refer to this book throughout my training.
Clear chapters which concise explanations.
A must have
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4.0 out of 5 stars An older addition 13 Sep 2013
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This book was bought by mistake as my course required the new version. It was however just as good as the new version, it only lacked a few updates. A good basis to refresh science knowledge for primary teaching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars useful for teacher training
good information in easy to use format for planning and delivery of the primary science curriculum - gives plenty of useful ideas for lessons
Published 15 months ago by SAB
5.0 out of 5 stars primary science
A very useful book for trainee teachers or teachers. it is easy to use and understand. could be used for assignments.
Published 16 months ago by s_akhtar
5.0 out of 5 stars very well cared for indeed!
fantastic condition of book! very good price at that too! very happy with purchase- will be very useful when teaching children and reviewing my basic knowledge and understanding... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by missL
5.0 out of 5 stars The bible to Science for KS1 & 2!
If you are training to be a teacher but dont want to buy endless amounts of books from your booklists (like me) save yourself the trouble of worrying about subject knowledge and... Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2010 by D. Greenaway
5.0 out of 5 stars a really useful book
this is the best book i have found for teacher training, subject knowledge, really useful on the bits you can never remember

delivery time was brilliant too!!
Published on 31 Oct 2010 by kitagull
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for brushing up on your science knowledge
I bought this book to help me prepare for my PGCE, and I really was expecting it to be a boring read, but its actually reignited my love for science! Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by S. Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars useful
I read this book durng my teacher training. It definately serves it's purpose. Educational and to the point, well-set-out chapters, easy to locate information you need.
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by E. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Excellent book.Useful and clear information for those in their third year of BA course leading to QTS
Published on 22 Nov 2009 by Di
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