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Issue: December 2016 363

Extract: Please send details of any websites you have found or produced to the Science websearch editor, Sarah Sephton: We would also be interested in hearing about how you have used websites that have appeared in Science websearch in your educational setting. TES: Socrative Science GCSE Quizzes Fiendishlyclever University of Birmingham Biosciences Teaching Resources O2 Learn The Medic Portal Codeacadmy Spacescoop BioEthics Education Project Real World Physics Problems Royal Society of Chemistry: Advanced Starters for 10 Science Learning Hub STEM Learning: Scientific Writing Geology Career Pathways Royal Geographical Society with IBG IET Faraday

Special Issues and Index

Issue: December 2016 363

Contents and Editorial

Issue: September 2016 362

Author: Editor: Geoff Auty

Extract: Moving to the next level takes place at age 11 in England and Wales and involves many changes for young people: a larger establishment, a longer journey each day, different teachers for each subject, being the youngest cohort in school instead of the oldest, and more. It seems that most children look forward to the opportunity to learn science in a laboratory in their new school, but are often disappointed by the lack of practical activity. In this edition, our special theme considers problems associated with the transition from primary to secondary school and welcome Sue Collins and Michael Reiss as guest editors.

Science note: The windowpane oyster, Placuna placenta, as a source of capiz shell

Issue: September 2016 362

Extract: Allan Mills describes the use of capiz shells for making lampshades, including the process that makes them translucent and the controls on harvesting them to maintain a stable population.

Science note: Making ink for Magna Carta

Issue: September 2016 362

Extract: Peter Borrows discusses how ink was manufactured centuries ago and challenges us to reproduce the method in modern times.

Science note: Metalloids, semiconductors, semimetals and poor metals

Issue: September 2016 362

Extract: Christopher Talbot explains that the simple division of solid elements into metals and non-metals is not so simple, with possibly four intermediate stages.

Theme editorial: Science during primary–secondary transition

Issue: September 2016 362

Author: Sue Collins and Michael J. Reiss

Extract: The issues and challenges for pupils and teachers raised and discussed in this special issue of School Science Review on science during primary–secondary transition have exercised the minds of teachers, researchers and education departments in many countries for decades. The underlying aim of science education for pupils during transition from primary to secondary schooling continues to be continuity and progression in their learning.

Oh no, not this again! Improving continuity and progression from primary to secondary science

Issue: September 2016 362

Author: Martin Braund

Extract: Progression and continuity are cornerstones of the National Curriculum for England and yet it seems these slip after pupils transfer to secondary school, causing pupils to regress in science. Part of the solution is to provide continuity with challenge without repeating what has already been experienced and achieved. This article describes bridging work in science and how it was received by pupils, with some suggestions on how to get the most out of these approaches.

Science learning in the outdoors to support primary–secondary transition

Issue: September 2016 362

Author: Karen Kerr

Extract: This study provides additional insight into how outdoor learning can be used as a vehicle to address transition issues. It analyses the benefits of outdoor learning through the use of shared learning days with pupils in transition phases across all the cited outcome categories: cognitive, affective, interpersonal/social and physical/behavioural. The article argues that a carefully designed programme of outdoor ‘shared learning days’ with pupils in both phases working together is a sound model to help address the recommendations arising from specific transition issues through the delivery of aligned outcomes and impact from learning science outdoors.

A bridge too far: the decline in shared science activities during primary–secondary transition

Issue: September 2016 362

Author: Maurice Galton

Extract: This article reviews the use of ‘bridging units’ in science to improve curriculum continuity during transition from primary to secondary school. Based on research evidence collected over several decades, it suggests that the use of these units rose to a peak around the time of the millennium, but that in recent years few schools have continued with these curriculum initiatives. The reasons for this decline are explored.

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