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Key Concepts in Primary Science

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Key Concepts in Primary Science

Audit and Subject Knowledge

AUTHOR : By Vivian Cooke and Colin Howard

ISBN : 9781910391501

Publication : Mar 3, 2016

Extent : 144 pgs

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Publication : Mar 3, 2016

Extent : 144 pgs

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Extent : 144 pgs

ISBN : 9781910391532

Publication : Mar 3, 2016

Extent : 144 pgs


This is essential reading for all primary science trainee and beginning teachers who want to strengthen their science subject knowledge. Each chapter tackles a major theme of the new national curriculum and breaks it down into key concepts. For each concept there is a detailed audit to help readers identify their current levels of knowledge and understanding along with areas for development. This is followed by concise definitions, key terminology, detailed examples and ‘in practice’ ideas to clearly relate theory to classroom practice. Finally, readers are invited to re-check their understanding and assess their level of competence at the end of each section. The text enables teachers to feel secure in their subject knowledge and confident about effectively conveying that information to their pupils through appropriate subject-specific pedagogy.


  1. Introduction – about the book, how to use it.
  2. Animals and humans
  3. Plants, habitats and living things
  4. Evolution and Inheritance
  5. Everyday materials and their properties
  6. Earth in space
  7. Rocks
  8. Light
  9. Forces, motion and magnets
  10. Sound
  11. Static electricity and electricity 


Vivian Cooke is a senior lecturer in primary science education at the University of Worcester. She began her teaching career as a primary school teacher with responsibility for science, design and technology and ICT. She has worked in two other higher education institutions as a senior lecturer in science on postgraduate, undergraduate and Masters’ courses as well as being course leader for early years, primary and the two-year PGCE. 

Colin Howard is a senior primary lecturer in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) at the University of Worcester. He has been involved in primary education for over 24 years of which 14 years has been as a successful head teacher in both small village and large primary school settings. He has been involved in inspecting schools for the Diocese of Hereford as a S48 SIAS Inspector. He has recently been awarded a Phd linked to his interest in the influence that school buildings have upon their stakeholders.

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Your Reviews on this book

Good overviews, subject knowledge audits, user friendly, good diagrams, definitions and examples.

Edina Kulenovic, University of Cumbria

I really like the way the book is organised with key vocabulary, explanations, examples of practice and quiz questions.

Zoe Crompton, Manchester Metropolitan University

Very clear and well-laid out.

Duncan Hindmarch, University of Staffordshire
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