Primary Science: The Challenge of the 1990s by Lynn D. Newton

By Lynn D. Newton

The booklet discusses the complicated nature of realizing and what it ability to educate for realizing. The techniques and techniques that could help educating for figuring out are then exemplified within the context of other components of the first / straight forward (4-11 years) tuition curriculum.

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The remainder were presented as self-contained exercises whose relevance was not overtly expressed at the time, as when the passage of light through coloured filters was explored. Expressed use of published textual materials At both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, the majority of teachers claimed not to rely on a published scheme or similar textual material for the idea for the activity or to have used such material to present the activity. Only three teachers at each stage described the published source of their activity.

Page 8 Children Doing Science: Observation, Investigation and the National Curriculum for England and Wales Douglas P. Newton School of Education, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, St Thomas' Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne NEI 7RU, UK Abstract The National Curriculum requires that science be taught as both a body of knowledge and as a way of working, that is, as products and processes. In the primary school, science is often taught by teachers without extensive personal experience of the subject, particularly of those processes required by the National Curriculum.

For an activity with Reception children, to do with rolling fruit down a slope, the teacher considered it provided the opportunity to plan, hypothesise and predict, interpret findings and communicate. These processes seemed to be exercised by the activity as it was described. Another activity (Year 2) required the children to describe an apple, predict what would happen to the inside when it was cut, record what they observed, then think of a way of preventing cut apples going brown. This teacher claimed all the processes listed.

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