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Edwards, Carl – Primary Science, 2021
Linking Education and Farming (LEAF) Education uses food, farming and nature to reach out to children in new and imaginative ways across the science curriculum. Their work at a grass roots level, with teachers, children and farmers, shows just how powerful farming and nature can be in helping develop a lifelong love for science and fuelling…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Food
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Wood, Lucy; Wallington, Carla – Primary Science, 2021
During the COVID-19 'lockdown', members of the Association for Science Education (ASE) primary science community worked together to develop a series of remote learning resources for the 2020 summer term. This article describes how the aim of making science, with embedded science enquiry activities, accessible to parents and children in their home…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Lesson Plans, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Davenport, Carol; Padwick, Annie – Primary Science, 2021
In a recent survey of over 240 primary school children between the ages of 8 and 11, NUSTEM found that 75% of children said that they liked science and 63% said that they were good at science. However, when looking at the data by gender, there is a difference in enjoyment between girls and boys, with 71% of girls and 79% of boys saying that they…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Clubs, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School Science
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Rogers, Ben – Primary Science, 2021
There is a tradition in primary classes of using rich authentic activities to teach science. The idea of pupils learning science through experiment and discovery is appealing. But this is not how children are taught in other subjects. When children learn to read, there are tiny steps, mastering each one before moving onto more challenging books.…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Instructional Effectiveness, Elementary School Science
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Montgomery, Jo – Primary Science, 2021
The author recently delivered an online professional development session on running STEM clubs as part of a Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM, www.psqm.org.uk) Teaching and Learning Festival. It is a topic the author is often asked about, and she frequently provides training and advises teachers and external organisations on the what, why, how,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Clubs, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School Science
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MacAogain, Padraig – Primary Science, 2021
One of the objectives in the science National Curriculum in England is to 'observe changes across the four seasons' (DfE, 2013: 9). The winter months can be a busy time for teachers, but can also cater for a wide range of science experiments based around the season. Practical investigations based on winter themes can hold a sense of magic and…
Descriptors: Climate, Foreign Countries, Science Activities, Science Instruction
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Clark, Stella – Primary Science, 2021
One of the aims of primary education, as suggested by the Cambridge Primary Review, should be, 'Exploring, knowing, understanding and making sense'. It should give the children 'the opportunity to encounter, explore and engage with the wealth of human experience and the different ways through which humans make sense of the world and act upon it'.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Profiles, Elementary School Students
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Davey, Jemima – Primary Science, 2021
Primary practitioners are tasked with the simultaneously exciting and daunting task of delivering a breadth of curriculum subjects to primary-age children. This makes the choice of profession a varied and engaging vocation in which no day is the same as the one before. When looking ahead at science medium-term planning, it may seem like a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Quality, Educational Objectives, Time Management
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Stylos, George; Kotsis, Konstantinos T. – Primary Science, 2021
Science is one of the most important subjects for students at all educational levels. To promote engagement, hands-on experiments can provide a 'realistic and exciting experience of the content' (Holstermann, Grube and Bögeholz, 2010: 744) and hopefully facilitate motivation. In this article, George Stylos and Konstantinos T. Kotsis present four…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Heat, Scientific Concepts
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Bostrom, Carol – Primary Science, 2021
There are arguably advantages to adopting a cross-curricular approach to planning, teaching and learning. This approach often works well for incorporating scientific skills and the wider perspectives of geography, technology and maths. It can help children to develop and consolidate their understanding through practical application and gives them…
Descriptors: Weather, Elementary School Science, Kindergarten, Science Activities
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Grimshaw, Michele; Schofield, Kathy – Primary Science, 2021
Many newsworthy events have brought with them scientific developments that have furthered the knowledge and understanding of the world and impacted life today. Events such as these can provide the perfect way to link history with science and provide children with the opportunity to make the connection between science and everyday life. As Primary…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, History Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Foreign Countries
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Murphy, Alison – Primary Science, 2021
Children are naturally inquisitive and want to explore and investigate; in doing so they make sense of the world around them. Piaget (Pound, 2006) suggests children make sense by themselves, by making choices and taking opportunities. Through exploration and investigation they also make sense of themselves through sensory, firsthand experiences.…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Child Development, Learning Processes, Forestry
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Bell, Andrew – Primary Science, 2020
In this article Andrew Bell describes how he developed science capital at his school by involving his class in a Family Science project. He finds that the Family Science project has many impacts including: (1) substantial increase in science activity at home; (2) interest in families in sourcing their own science activities; (3) parental interests…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Projects, Family Involvement, STEM Education
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Galloway, Rory – Primary Science, 2020
Technology in farming has advanced a great deal, but still has a long way to go. At the beginning of 2019, the then Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, stated that the United Kingdom is on the verge of a fourth agricultural revolution. This fourth revolution is being called the technological revolution, with developments involving artificial…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Agricultural Occupations, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Production
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Bolton, Nicky – Primary Science, 2020
In this article, Nicky Bolton describes how she devised an approach that would encourage both experienced and newly qualified and trainee teachers to approach outdoor learning confidently. The challenge was to enable every teacher to view the outdoors as an effective learning. She called this model 'Bucket School' and initially developed the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Outdoor Education, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Science
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