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Books for subject leaders - Primary

The books below are a selection of titles of interest to subject leaders in primary science that are available from ASE Publications.

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its not fair

It’s Not Fair – or is it?

It's Not Fair tells you exactly what you need to know for teaching the new primary science curriculum. A book for all primary and student teachers who want to know more about science enquiry and how to make it purposeful, and for subject leaders who want to lead science effectively in their schools. This book describes different types of science enquiry, how they help with developing scientific understanding and how children’s scientific enquiry skills develop. It will help you to broaden the range of science enquiries that your children experience. To read about how children answer scientific questions about the world around them - research that led to the writing of It's Not Fair - click on this link and download Jane Turner's article in Primary Science (p30, It's Not Fair) . Contents and sample pages are available here.

A review of this publication appeared in Primary Science, to read it click here.

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ASE Guide To Primary Science Education

ASE Guide to Primary Science Education

This new edition of the highly regarded ASE Guide to Primary Science Education covers, in 24 concise chapters, a wide range of topics about learning and teaching science in the primary school. The book, edited by Wynne Harlen, has contributions from a wide range of science educators. To download the full contents list, Introduction and sample pages, click here.

A review of this publication appeared in Primary Science, to read it click here.

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ASE Guide to Research in Science Education front high res cover

ASE Guide to Research in Science Education

This completely new book gives easy access to research that has informed classroom practice. The writers review robust and reliable research evidence, topic by topic, that informs the development of science teaching and will help teachers make decisions about the learning experience they offer students. The book also provides practical guidance on the stages of a research project so teachers can do their own research, on topics pertinent to their classrooms.

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Principles and big ideas of science education

Students should be helped to develop ‘big ideas’ of science and about science that will enable them to understand the scientific aspects of the world around and make informed decisions about the applications of science.

This publication is now widely disseminated for science educators in Europe and beyond. Click here to download a free copy of the report.

Be safe 4th edition

Be Safe! 4th Edition

An indispensible and bestselling resource – every primary school needs at least one copy! This 4th edition of the essential handbook Be Safe! builds firmly on the previous edition but places more emphasis on using science and technology to teach health and safety. There are new sections on under-5s, primary/secondary liaison and advice for schools with access to more specialist facilities. The section on science outside the classroom has been expanded, as has the section on making things, which now includes work on textiles and ceramics. The section on electricity has been re-written. To download the full contents list, Introduction and sample pages, click here.

A review of this publication appeared in Primary Science, to read it click here.

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Making Sense of Primary Science Investigations

This popular resource helps teachers, especially non-scientists and beginningteachers, to understand the fair-test type of scientific investigations.

AKSIS: Getting to Grips with Graphs

A comprehensive book and CD ROM pack that presents imaginative activities to support the teaching of graphs in science investigations.

The Early Years Hand Book

The cross-curricular guide for all early years practitioners, full of practical ideas, activities and reflective thinking