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Primary Science number 142

Number 142 - March 2016

Contents Article
2 Contents
3 Focus on… Language of science

For many of us, fighting the corner for science, with ever-increasing pressure from literacy in school timetable time, is a battle we don’t seem to be winning, but working with literacy and trying to link science with this subject can lead to some issues.

5 You must be a member to download this article Learning to talk

Kirstin Greygoose shares how she has developed talk in the early years in her school.

9 You must be a member to download this article Teaching science to a profoundly deaf child in a mainstream classroom

From her experience of a profoundly deaf child learning science with British Sign Language as her first language, Sally Spicer learnt methods that could be good practice for all learners.

11 You must be a member to download this article Concept cartoon conversations lead to inspiring investigations

How Yanoula Constantinou used concept cartoons and cognitive acceleration to enthuse children in science lessons.

14 How the ‘I can explain!’ project helps children learn science through talk

Alison Eley describes the methods used in the project to develop scientific literacy.

17 You must be a member to download this article Gardening provides valuable time to talk

Margaret Boyd shares the many benefits of a school gardening club, especially having time to talk.

20 You must be a member to download this article 'Curiouser and curiouser': supporting children’s independent enquiry skills

Debbie Myers, with Maria McGrory and Cathy Westgate, has over two years, developed a whole-school programme of child-led enquiry.

24 Why you’ll never catch smallpox

Marianne Cutler and Liz Lawrence describe the opportunities for ‘working scientifically’ provided by this new ASE resource, along with feedback from teachers.

27 You must be a member to download this article How the fair test nearly killed enquiry

Juliet Nickels explores the importance of content and exploration in a child- and enquiry-led curriculum.

31 You must be a member to download this article Experiencing child-led science in science week

Carol Bostrom shares how child-led enquiry, with children choosing their own questions to research, can work in an infant classroom.

35 You must be a member to download this article Reviews

• Dramatic Science: inspired ideas for teaching science using drama ages 5–11 (by Debra McGregor and Wendy Precious, Abingdon: Routledge, 2015)
• Science Secrets: Secrets of habitats (by Andrew Solway London: Franklin Watts, 2014)
• Science FAQ (by Thomas Canavan London: Franklin Watts, London, 2013)

Language of Science

Cover: Learning the language of science. Bostrom pp 31.