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Primary Science number 144

Number 144 - September 2016

Contents Article
2 Contents and Editorial

Editor: Leigh Hoath

The Appliance of Science theme of this issue embraces real-life science, but also the ways that we apply science in the classroom: identifying the contexts that exist, helping children to make tangible links with these and establishing some context to embed the content within the National Curriculum. The authors have contributed ideas, ranging from reflections upon their own experience to practical strategies for connecting children’s learning to the world around them.

5 You must be a member to download this article Feel the force of cogs, pulleys and water power

Julie Pugh describes a STEM workshop at Quarry Bank Mill, a work-ing cotton mill owned by the National Trust, which offers interactive experiments and the experience of working machinery.

9 What do adults do all day?

Claire Seeley looks at STEM in the context of the Big ideas and ASPIRES projects.

12 You must be a member to download this article Reflecting on teaching of the ‘appliance of science'

Rachel Linfield reflects on memories of teaching of the ‘appliance of science’ over the past 30 years and what we remember.

14 Teaching science down on the farm

Debbie Hicks explores the key role of the farm in teaching science as well as wider educational benefits and suggests activities to engage and excite.

17 You must be a member to download this article Appliance of Science pull-out - Bubble Bonanza and a UK map of industrial museums

Elsewhere in this issue of Primary Science (pages 22–23) Bert Nagel shows what you can do with bubbles. This special Appliance of Science pull-out looks at how bubble-based activities can be linked with areas of ‘working scientifically’ across the key stages. CIEC (the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration) has put together an activity that outlines exactly what you need to make the bubbles,

22 You must be a member to download this article Bubbles made simple

Bert Nagel explores how, using just drinking straws and staples, you can make wands that produce beautiful soap bubbles.

24 You must be a member to download this article Pencil-free homework: worth considering?

Colin Forster considers some alternative ways of setting homework.

28 You must be a member to download this article Developing ‘argumentation’ with the 4–11 age range

Terry Russell and Linda McGuigan of the University of Liverpool draw on their classroom research to offer their thoughts on argumen-tation, an aspect of ‘working scientifically’.

31 You must be a member to download this article Eyes closed for learning

Mick Statham explains how the simple, effective method of ‘eyes closed’ learning enhances how children’s scientific ideas form, change and strengthen.

35 You must be a member to download this article Reviews

Cover: Investigating how a water wheel works – see page 5