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Issue: November 2014 135

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Issue: November 2014 135

Teaching the ‘big ideas’ of electricity at primary level

Issue: November 2014 135

Extract: Steven Chapman shares some salient points about teaching this tricky but fascinating subject.

Tricky circuitry

Issue: November 2014 135

Extract: Tony Davies uses a magical theme to introduce children to the way electricity works.

’Squishy circuits’: a novel way of teaching electricity – with playdough!

Issue: November 2014 135

Extract: Anne Buckley and Kim Harvey explain how playdough can provide a fun way for children to learn the basics and conduct further enquiries.

Wobbly corner: Magnetism

Issue: November 2014 135

Extract: Students and lecturers at Manchester Metropolitan University try to explain this seemingly simple phenomenon.

Developing an App-titude for learning in the outdoors

Issue: November 2014 135

Extract: Following a presentation she gave at an ASE regional meeting, Emily Baker recommends some apps to enhance outdoor learning.

How long is a piece of string? 4.5 billion years perhaps!

Issue: November 2014 135

Extract: Terry Russell and Linda McGuigan provide an update on their classroom research into the teaching and learning of evolution and inheritance.

Did we have science before 1988?

Issue: November 2014 135

Extract: In our Primary Science interview, science educators Alan Peacock and Mick Dunne reflect on their own experiences of what science was like in England before the National Curriculum.

What is the ‘one thing’ you should know before teaching about evolution?

Issue: November 2014 135

Extract: Berry Billingsley tackles the thorny question of what to say to children about evolution and religion.

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