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Andrews, Jackie – Primary Science Review, 2007
Over the last couple of years, the author has produced six series of 15-minute studio-based programmes for Teachers' TV (the government-funded digital channel for UK teachers) entitled "Resource Review", totalling about 100 programmes. Each consists of three panellists evaluating three teaching resources for primary or secondary level…
Descriptors: Television, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Science
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Harlen, Wynne – Primary Science Review, 2007
The importance of self- and peer-assessment lies in helping children to take responsibility for their learning, an essential outcome of education that aims to develop the ability of school pupils to continue learning throughout life. For self- and peer-assessment what is needed is that children: (1) understand the goals of a learning activity;…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Peer Evaluation, Science Instruction, Evaluation Methods
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Ballard, Stuart – Primary Science Review, 2007
Most schools visit Magna Science Adventure Centre on the back of careful planning and preparation. Magna is a fairly unique environment. "Steelos", the local name for the former Templeborough steelworks in Rotherham, West Yorkshire, was a vast plant. It became home to Magna in 2001. The building is over half a kilometre long and 45…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Museums, Science Teaching Centers
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Cutler, Marianne – Primary Science Review, 2007
Children need new skills if they are to become part of the solution to challenges such as climate change rather than part of the problem. So states the UK's National Framework for Sustainable Schools. Skills include expressing points of view, weighing up evidence, cooperating, thinking critically, tackling real problems, participating in…
Descriptors: Climate, Student Participation, Skill Development, Sustainable Development
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Adams, Jane – Primary Science Review, 2006
Kilkhampton Junior and Infants School is a rural primary school of 83 children aged 4-11 years, situated on the Atlantic Highway (A39) just inside Cornwall and close to the coast, beaches and walks. In this article, the author describes the school's work beyond the classroom as part of the National Trust Guardianship Scheme.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Rural Schools, Elementary School Science, Foreign Countries
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O'Kane, Brian – Primary Science Review, 2006
The eyes are the most complex organs in the body. Children's eyes are still developing until they are around 8-9 years old; therefore it is important to check that they are working properly before it is too late to rectify any problems. So how do they work, and why do they sometimes go wrong? In this article, the author explains children's eye…
Descriptors: Vision, Vision Tests, Optometry, Science Activities
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de Boo, Max; Shaw, Barbara – Primary Science Review, 2006
The seashore is many things: (1) a place of wonder and delight--inspiring artists and composers; (2) a place of work--for transport and fishing; and (3) a place for play--for sandcastles, surfing and swimming, sailing. In this article, the authors offer some tips on exploring the flora and fauna of the seashore. (Contains 3 boxes and lists 4…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Outdoor Education, Teaching Methods
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Watkins, Richard; Shepherd, Karen – Primary Science Review, 2006
According to the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, between eight and nine million people suffer from some form of deafness or loss of hearing. Modern technology, however, together with the work of audiologists such as Karen Shepherd, enables many adults and children to recover near-normal levels of hearing, even when they have suffered some…
Descriptors: Deafness, Partial Hearing, Audiology, Auditory Evaluation
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Forster, Colin – Primary Science Review, 2006
The scientific model of how people see things is far removed from children's real-world experience. They know that light is needed in order to see an object, but may not know that light is reflected off the object and some of that light enters the eyes. In this article, the author explores children's understanding of reflection and how to develop…
Descriptors: Models, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles
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Fullick, Ann – Primary Science Review, 2006
For as long as people have sought to understand the world in which they live, stories have played an important role in helping to clarify and communicate their ideas. In ancient times, stories such as the four humours of the body provided a way of explaining health and disease. In the modern world, stories have largely been replaced by rational,…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Educational Resources, Medicine, Health Education
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Shallcross, Dudley; Harrison, Timothy; Wallington, Sarah; Nicholson, Heather – Primary Science Review, 2006
Local universities and other higher education establishments represent a huge potential resource for primary schools that is often untapped. The School of Chemistry at Bristol University has recently become a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the only one in the country in chemistry. The authors' project, known as Bristol…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Change, Outreach Programs, Elementary School Science
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Bishop, Keith; Feasey, Rosemary – Primary Science Review, 2006
The AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (AZSTT) was created as a registered charity in 1997 with a mission to support the teaching of science in primary schools in the UK. Since 1997, the Trust has commissioned, and is continuing to commission, a broad spectrum of large-scale innovative projects and smaller scale cluster projects designed to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Elementary School Science
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Reiss, Michael – Primary Science Review, 2006
There is much that is healthy in school science in the UK but recent years have seen a worrying decline in the numbers choosing to study physical sciences after the age of 16. In an attempt to ensure that this doesn't also happen to the biological sciences, the Biosciences Federation set up a working group to explore how more young people might be…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Biology, Science Instruction, Curriculum Design
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Skamp, Keith – Primary Science Review, 2005
If teachers decide to introduce the idea that the behaviour of matter ("stuff") can be explained by thinking about it as being made up of particles that exhibit particular properties, then they need to be aware of the learning difficulties involved. Before using this approach, therefore, more immediate consideration needs to be directed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Scientific Concepts, Molecular Structure
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Qualter, Anne – Primary Science Review, 2005
It is amazing how many interesting projects are going on in schools that nobody else knows much about. Teachers in St Peters Primary School have, over recent years, been involved in projects on emotional intelligence and in particular have developed a special interest in the use of puppets and role-play in their teaching. A concern to ensure a…
Descriptors: Young Children, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Family School Relationship
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