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Whitburn, Niki – Primary Science Review, 2007
An area that teachers often find difficult to make interesting is the earth science component of the science curriculum. This may be for a variety of reasons, such as lack of knowledge, lack of ideas or lack of resources. This article outlines ideas and activities that have been developed by the Earth Science Teachers' Association (ESTA) primary…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Science Curriculum
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Goldsworthy, Anne – Primary Science Review, 2007
"Primary Science Review's" original "Wobbly Bits" series of articles was born back in 1997, after a conversation about this problem at a meeting of the ASE Primary Committee. The conversation turned to primary science teachers' scientific learning journeys. Each one of them could recount a story where they had completely misunderstood an aspect of…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Anxiety, Elementary School Science, Misconceptions
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Collins, Robert; Simpson, Frances – Primary Science Review, 2007
In this article, the authors explore the question, "Does the Moon spin?", and show how the question is investigated. They emphasise the importance of the process by which people work out what they know, by "learning from the inside out." They stress that those involved in science education have to challenge current conceptions and ideas, making…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Peacock, Alan – Primary Science Review, 2007
When "ITV News" ran an item that shocked the author, about rising sea levels that will have caused the entire evacuation of the islands by the end of this year, he began to wonder whether the Pacific Ocean is really rising as fast as this. The media reporting of such things can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it brought to the author's…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Environmental Influences, Teaching Methods, Science and Society
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Randerson, James – Primary Science Review, 2007
Newspapers often pick the most sensational, the most quirky, the most amusing science stories at the expense of other, perhaps more important, work. Despite offering a distorted window on science and technology, they can still be a useful launch pad for a classroom discussion or exercise. The key to using them is understanding what makes news and…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Newspapers, Teaching Methods, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Mant, Jenny; Wilson, Helen – Primary Science Review, 2007
Many envisage electricity as the "power" to "do things." They know that electricity needs "circuits" and that something is "flowing" in the circuits, but they are not sure what or why. Words such as "current" and "voltage" are part of electricity but their meaning, and the difference between them, is not always clear. In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Energy, Science Teachers, Scientific Concepts
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Peacock, Alan – Primary Science Review, 2007
The Jurassic Coast is Britain's only natural World Heritage site, a tangible time-line that takes one through 185 million years of history in 95 miles of coast. It provides individuals with a world-famous educational resource and an unrivalled outdoor classroom that has played a key role in the study of earth sciences. The author is keen to ignite…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Student Interests, Geology
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Saunders, Lorna; Bird, Sue – Primary Science Review, 2007
Recent curriculum changes in Scotland and England have provided teachers and children with an exciting opportunity. The focus is shifting from a content-led curriculum to one that has a greater emphasis on skills and personal capability. In Scotland this is particularly evident with the emphasis on the development of children as successful…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, History Instruction, Nutrition Instruction, Dietetics
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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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Milne, Ian – Primary Science Review, 2007
The revamped New Zealand curriculum emphasises "scientific literacy for all students" and provides teachers with an opportunity to promote science as an integral element of the primary school curriculum. Exploring and explaining the natural world in primary science can provide authentic contexts for the development of knowledge, skills,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Thinking Skills, Science Curriculum
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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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Shipman, Bob – Primary Science Review, 2006
When children first hear the term "sound wave" perhaps they might associate it with the way a hand waves or perhaps the squiggly line image on a television monitor when sound recordings are being made. Research suggests that children tend to think sound somehow travels as a discrete package, a fast-moving invisible thing, and not something that…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Turner, Jane; Bage, Grant – Primary Science Review, 2006
The Primary National Strategy for England argues that teachers need use the QCA units of work (or whichever scheme their school follows) only as a baseline or fallback: drawing on their "own" expertise as storytellers, creative thinkers, problem-solvers and as experts on their own pupils, to design activities that are engaging, motivating and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Creative Thinking, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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