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Primary Science number 149

Number 149 - September 2017

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1 You must be a member to download this article Contents
2 You must be a member to download this article Future Themes
3 You must be a member to download this article Focus on...social media and science

Editor: Leigh Hoath

Social media is an increasing part of everyday life for many of us. I know that I use it both for work and personally. In the last 18 months, I have used Twitter with some enthusiasm and now feel part of a community within science education that I didn’t know existed before. At the Association for Science Education Annual Conference in January 2017 there was a gathering of ‘science enthusiasts’, many of whom had never met until that evening other than virtually. That specific network has grown into a close-knit support and friendship group. Support available professionally through social media and other specific online groups is remarkable. And with smartphones at our fingertips, there is access to these communities almost 24/7. As teachers and science teacher educators there has never been as much help, literally, at hand.

4 You must be a member to download this article Noticeboard
5 You must be a member to download this article Topical, yes … but it dives beneath the surface

Paul Tyler explores how children can be engaged and inspired through topical science.

9 You must be a member to download this article A ‘Peake’ into using social media

Sarah Walker describes her journey from being introduced to an iPad to the opening up of a world of media.

13 You must be a member to download this article Social media: a window to a wider world

Fran Long writes about how she has developed learning and teaching through engaging with social media.

17 You must be a member to download this article Science Swap Shop: Mini straw flutes, Dancing bees, Secret Messages and Investigating Sound

Age 3-5 Activity: Mini Straw Flutes
Musical instruments are a fantastic way to explore sound and how the pitch and volume of a sound can be changed.

Age 5-7 Activity: Dancing bees
This activity encourages children to think about how bees communicate by creating their own waggle dance!

Age 7-9 Activity: Secret messages
Lemon and lime juice are very difficult to see when used to write on white paper, but when heated turn brown. This makes them a great invisible ink.

Age 9-11 Activity: Muffling Sounds
Sound vibrations can travel through air, water and solid materials, but travel through some materials better than others. This investigation encourages children to discover which materials are best at reducing the loudness of a sound.

21 Bridging the gap – using social media to bring together science and families

Toby Tyler describes how the wider world of social media has brought his school community closer together and Emma Vanstone highlights how schools can draw on support for engaging children with science at home.

25 You must be a member to download this article Using Web 2.0 technology to enhance the science curriculum in your school

Mark Hainsworth shares his vision of what 21st century science education might look like in the future and discusses how to develop an e-learning capability in your school.

28 You must be a member to download this article Moderation for professional learning

Sarah Earle, with Kendra McMahon, outlines how Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) can support different ways of moderating.

31 You must be a member to download this article Growing the seeds of scientific enquiry

Clarysly Deller outlines an approach to enquiry through a science challenge activity.

35 You must be a member to download this article Reviews

• Smart pickings Lynne Bianchi Sandbach, Cheshire: Millgate House, 2016
• A beginner’s guide to life on Earth Gill Arbuthnott London: Bloomsbury, 2015
• If … a mind-bending way of looking at big ideas and numbers David Smith London: Wayland, 2015
• Messy goes to Okido Okido London: Thames and Hudson, 2016