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Understanding Primary Science


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PART ONE: DEVELOPING SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE Helping Children to Become Scientific PART TWO: LIFE PROCESSES AND LIVING THINGS Life processes Humans and Other Animals Plants Variation, Classification, Adaption and the Environment PART THREE: MATERIALS AND THEIR PROPERTIES Matter Grouping and Classifying Materials Changing, Combining and Separating Materials PART FOUR: PHYSICAL PROCESSES Electricity Forces and Motion Gravity and Magnetism Sound and Light The Earth and Beyond

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.


Praise for the 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 `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

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