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How many licks?

Issue: January 2017 146

Extract: Stephen W. Mamber and Alice Gantenbein pack a wealth of enquiry into an exploration of a tantalising question first raised in a 1960s US television commercial.

Root and branch reform: teaching city kids about urban trees

Issue: January 2017 146

Extract: Mark Walker shares his ideas for teaching city children about urban trees, an ideal approach to teaching a range of geography, maths and science topics at primary level, while helping to reconnect the children with the natural world around them.

The Great Bug Hunt 2017

Issue: January 2017 146

Extract: Wickham Market Primary School in Suffolk were the worthy first-prize winners of the Great Bug Hunt 2016, having defeated hundreds of schools from across the UK in the competition organised by the Association for Science Education and the Royal Entomological Society. Their prize was a school ‘bug day’ led by Dr Luke Tilley from the RES.

Unlocking learning using Tony Ryan’s ‘Thinker’s Keys’

Issue: January 2017 146

Extract: Linda Robinson explains how Tony Ryan’s ‘Thinker’s Keys’ support the development of innovative and creative thinking in her school.

New to teaching: Small changes can produce big results!

Issue: January 2017 146

Extract: Megan Shenton, a final-year trainee teacher, describes using ‘The Big Question’ in her science teaching in a move away from objectives.

Developing EAL learners’ science conceptual understanding through visualisation

Issue: January 2017 146

Extract: In the first of two articles, Mark Hainsworth shares some of the pedagogy and strategies that he has used to help EAL learners with their understanding of science concepts.

Reviews

Issue: January 2017 146

Extract: - Primary science for trainee teachers, Judith Roden and James Archer, London: Learning Matters, 2014 - The story of space: Race to the Moon, Steve Parker, London: Franklin Watts, 2015 - Next time you see a …spiderweb, Emily Morgan, Arlington, VA: NSTA Kids, 2015

Contents and Editorial

Issue: November 2016 145

Author: Editor: Leigh Hoath

Extract: Perhaps the first caveat I should offer within this Focus on... is that I appreciate there are exceptions to the picture I am about to paint; the problem is there are not enough exceptions out there! As I talk to primary school teachers it never ceases to amaze me how often I hear about science being squeezed into the teaching time at some point in the week. Maths and literacy still dominate with science as the poor relation.

Science + Maths = a better understanding of science!

Issue: November 2016 145

Extract: Andy Markwick and Kris Clark highlight practical examples to offer a rationale for the application of mathematics in science and explore their intrinsic relationship.

Mathematics through experience

Issue: November 2016 145

Extract: Nedyalka Hristozova shares some examples from her Bulgarian project, ‘Mathematics Through Experience’, which approaches mathematics from a practical, real-life perspective in order to develop creative thinking: just like science!

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