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Understanding Primary Science: Ideas, Concepts and Explanations [Paperback]

Martin W Wenham
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18 Nov 2004 1412901634 978-1412901635 Second Edition
`This is a useful and interesting resource book for primary teachers and would help to develop their knowledge and teaching of science - I will certainly be using it to inform my planning and teaching of the subject' - Juliette Green, Primary School Teacher, Environmental Education

`This book clearly goes some way to achieving its goal of enabling the effective teaching of science at primary level' - Primary Science Review

`Every teacher, however well trained in science, will have areas of uncertain understanding. This book is a prime resource for primary teachers of readable, accurate and relevant explanations of scientific phenomena, supported by impressively clear drawings. It has been revised to include recent scientific developments such as DNA and environmental issues, and continues to give sound advice about likely misconceptions whilst maintaining its focus on explaining the science for teachers' - Wynne Harlen, Professor in Education, University of Bristol

In a thoroughly revised and updated version, this standard reference book provides the background knowledge teachers need in order to plan effective programmes of work and answer children's questions with confidence. It is based on the belief that children learn most effectively when they can interpret their own experiences and investigation in scientific terms.

The content of this book has been guided, but not limited, by the National Curriculum (NC) and the detailed requirements for teacher knowledge of the Teacher Training Agency (TTA). It sets out the facts, develops the concepts and explains the theories which pupils at primary level, including older and very able children, are likely to need in order to understand the observations and investigations they undertake. For this edition some new topics have been added, in response not only to TTA requirements and ongoing developments in science and technology, but also to the queries of children and teachers about observations they find relevant and puzzling.

Throughout, topics are developed in ways which teachers and children can relate to their own experience. The text does not assume specialised scientific knowledge and, wherever possible, explanations and the development of ideas begin and remain firmly in contact with everyday events and observations. What is assumed is that readers will be willing to try things out for themselves and think afresh, in scientific terms, about experiences they and their pupils now take for granted.

As a work of reference to answer specific questions and clarify ideas, or as a resource for planning an effective primary science programme, this is an essential book for teachers, student teachers and anyone interested in the roots and growth of science education.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (18 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412901634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412901635
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`This is a useful and interesting resource book for primary teachers and would help to develop their knowledge and teaching of science - I will certainly be using it to inform my planning and teaching of the subject' - Juliette Green, Primary School Teacher, Environmental Education

`This book clearly goes some way to achieving its goal of enabling the effective teaching of science at primary level' - Primary Science Review

`Every teacher, however well trained in science, will have areas of uncertain understanding. This book is a prime resource for primary teachers of readable, accurate and relevant explanations of scientific phenomena, supported by impressively clear drawings. It has been revised to include recent scientific developments such as DNA and environmental issues, and continues to give sound advice about likely misconceptions whilst maintaining its focus on explaining the science for teachers' - Wynne Harlen, Professor in Education, University of Bristol

About the Author

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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good science reference text 3 Mar 2003
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This book contains the knowledge and understanding of science that a primary teacher will need. It's quite 'hard going' and probably not a good buy if you're looking for an easy-to-read science text. However, it does contain everything you'll need to know as a primary teacher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good 19 Oct 2013
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An excellent book; in very very good condition - looks brand new. Excellent book for any one studying primary teaching
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5.0 out of 5 stars Primary Science must have 23 July 2010
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I've just completed my PGCE and used this book all the way through. Really easy to read and useful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars useful 1 Dec 2009
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I read this book durng my teacher training. Not as good as the Primary:Knowledge and Understanding (QTS) book series but not bad. Does well for when you need to teach difficult subjects such as light or sound waves. I am a biologist so did not have many difficulties understanding these areas but this book does give suggestions as how these concepts could be taught to a child.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's not my cup of tea 31 Aug 2005
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The book is very hard work and doesn't act as a foundation for scientific knowledge. It's makes no reference to the Curriculum Guidence for the Foundation Stage and knowledge and understanding of the world within that. More suited to upper primary teachers who are familiar with primary science already.
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