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Issue: November 2017 150

Future themes

Issue: November 2017 150

Focus on...Materials Science

Issue: November 2017 150

Author: Leigh Hoath

Extract: Lego® has provided the building blocks of many children’s early years. Since the 1930s children have been making houses, zoos, boats, space rockets and whatever else their imaginations let them form. These little blocks of plastic have however evolved: it seems that children no longer have a carrier bag full of the multi-coloured bricks but rather have specific kits to build a Millennium Falcon, the Guggenheim Museum or a Batgirl Secret Bunker. These are very impressive end-products indeed, but there is a little part of me that is saddened by the lack of creation by little hands of structures reflecting some of the fantasy, imagination and visualisation of their amazingly open minds.

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Issue: November 2017 150

Extract: New ASE Guide to Primary Science Education due out January 2018; update on the 2018 ASE Annual Conference and an update from schoolscience.co.uk

Materials – what's the matter?

Issue: November 2017 150

Author: Deborah Wilkinson and Wayne Stallard

Extract: Deborah Wilkinson and Wayne Stallard consider how materials can support learning and teaching in the primary classroom.

The benefits of paper!

Issue: November 2017 150

Author: Rachel Linfield

Extract: Rachel Linfield shows how her 'old fashioned' ways can help with enquiry, questions and much more – all nicely wrapped too!

Making a simple sand art box

Issue: November 2017 150

Author: Bert Nagel

Extract: Bert Nagel shares another interesting and simple adaptation to create something special out of the ordinary.

Engaging activities on properties and changing materials

Issue: November 2017 150

Author: Andy Markwick and Kevin Watts

Extract: Andy Markwick and Kevin Watts explore properties and changes of materials, introducing some ideas for chemistry activities.

Making the invisible visible: things aren't what they seem to be!

Issue: November 2017 150

Author: Rania Gikopoulou

Extract: Rania Gikopoulou describes how her 5th graders (age 11) learn about abstract phenomena through models of their microscopic structure.

Turning over a new leaf

Issue: November 2017 150

Author: Claire Walker

Extract: Claire Walker describes how one child's question created buzz and excitement leading to an engaging and productive investigation for her class.

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