Really Useful Science Book A Framework of Knowledge for Primary Teachers

ISBN-10: 0415385938

ISBN-13: 9780415385930

Edition: 3rd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Steve Farrow
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Description: The Really Useful Science Book provides comprehensive science knowledge for teachers and trainee-teachers at Key Stages 1 and 2, as well as setting the scene for science teaching and learning at Key Stage 3. In the updated edition of this bestselling book Steve Farrow interprets the ideas and concepts of primary science in accessible language and uses everyday examples as illustrations. Following the National Curriculum for Science the book is divided into three sections: - Life Processes and Living Things - Materials and their Properties - Physical Processes For each of the three sections Steve pinpoints Key Ideas and then expands them to include important related science concepts. This is the ideal resource book for all primary school teachers and trainee-teachers. Other books in the series: The Really Useful Literacy Book and The Really Useful Maths Book.

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List price: $44.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.00" wide x 11.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of figures
Introduction
Life processes and living things
Some Key Ideas in Life Science
The characteristics of living things
Concepts to Support Key Stage 1
The characteristics of living things
Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
Cells and tissues
Organs and organ systems
Life processes
Concepts to Support Key Stage 1
Feeding
Elimination of waste (excretion)
Respiration
Growth
Response to stimuli (sensitivity)
Movement
Reproduction
Differences between plants and animals
Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
Nutrition systems (feeding, digestion, egestion)
Plant nutrition - photosynthesis
Animal nutrition - digestion
The cardio-vascular system (circulation and respiration)
The blood
Circulation
Respiration
The musculo-skeletal system (support and movement)
Support in plants
Support in animals - the skeleton
Movement in animals
The nervous system (sensitivity, coordination)
Human sense organs
The eye
The ear
Taste and smell
The skin (touch, temperature)
Plant responses to environmental stimuli
Coordination and control
The nervous system
Self-maintenance
Negative feedback (detection-correction) mechanisms
The endocrine or hormone system
Reproductive systems
Asexual reproduction
Sexual reproduction
The importance of DNA
The biology of human reproduction
Puberty
The menstrual cycle
Sexual reproduction in flowering plants
Dispersal
Optimum conditions for survival
Concepts to Support Key Stage 1
Healthy plants
Healthy animals
Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
The defence systems of the body
External resistance to invasion
Responses following invasion
Conscious action which can promote health
Diet
Teeth
Personal hygiene
Life style
The effect of exercise
The need for rest
The harmful effects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco
The variety of life
Concepts to Support Key Stage 1
The classification of plants and animals
Kingdom: viruses
Kingdom: bacteria
Kingdom: protoctista
Kingdom: fungi
Kingdom: plants
Kingdom: animals
Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
The identification of plants and animals using keys
Similarities and differences: the basis of classification
The dichotomous or binary key
A dichotomous key to the five vertebrate classes
Lateral keys
Adaptation to environment
Concepts to Support Key Stages 1 and 2
Charles Darwin's observations and deductions
Further Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
The sources of variation in plants and animals
Genetic variation
Environmental variation
The mechanism of natural selection
Adaptation to environment
Examples from local habitats
Woodland environments
The inter-tidal zone: rocky shores
The transfer of energy
Concepts to Support Key Stages 1 and 2
Photosynthesis
Energy transfer
Food chains and webs
The food cycle
Further Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
Cycles of matter
The water cycle
The carbon cycle
The oxygen cycle
The nitrogen cycle
Energy transfer: micro to macro
Life processes and living things: Schools National Curriculum coverage
Initial Teacher Training National Curriculum coverage
Materials and their properties
Some Key Ideas in Materials Science
The particulate nature of matter
The kinetic theory
The states of matter: solid, liquid and gas
Changes of state
The compression of gas
Elements, compounds and mixtures
The structure of atoms
The periodic table
Atomic bonding
The classification of materials
Introduction
The Origin of Materials
Concepts to Support Key Stage 1
Natural and manufactured materials
Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
Natural materials from the physical environment
Natural materials from the biological environment
Manufactured materials
Types of manufactured materials
The Physical Properties of Materials
Concepts to Support Key Stage 1
Questions about objects and materials
Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
Properties and characteristics of materials
Density
Hardness
Strength
Elasticity
Stiffness (and flexibility)
Toughness
Compressibility
Thermal and electrical conductivity
Magnetic properties
Composite materials
The characteristics of the main groups of materials
The Uses of Materials
Concepts to Support Key Stage 1
Fitness for purpose
Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
Considerations for the choice of materials
A materials case study: drinks containers
Changing materials
Concepts to Support Key Stage 1
Change in shape
Heating and cooling everyday materials
Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
Separating mixtures
Changing materials
Physical changes
Mechanical changes
Chemical reactions and heat energy
Changes involving oxygen
The rock cycle
Igneous rocks
Sedimentary rocks
Metamorphic rocks
Soil formation and characteristics
The water cycle
Materials and their properties: Schools National Curriculum coverage
Initial Teacher Training National Curriculum coverage
Physical processes
Some Key Ideas in Physical Science
Sources and forms of energy
Introduction
Some definitions
The Primary Sources of Energy
Bonding within and between atoms and molecules
Forms of Energy
Nuclear energy
Radioactive decay
Nuclear fission
Nuclear fusion
Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
Chemical energy
Long-term energy transfer
Electricity
What is electricity?
Electricity in simple circuits
Series circuits
Parallel circuits
Switches
Circuit diagrams
Work and power in electrical circuits
The generation of electricity
Static electricity
The electromagnetic spectrum
Strain energy
Potential and kinetic energy
Potential energy
Kinetic energy
Heat and temperature
The difference between heat and temperature
Heat transfer
Light
Concepts to Support Key Stage 1
Sources of light
Light and seeing
Light and dark
Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
The behaviour of waves
Light waves
Straight-line travel
The reflection and absorption of light
Shadows
Transmission
Refraction
Sound
Concepts to Support Key Stages 1 and 2
Sound waves
The speed of sound
Further Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
The reflection of sound
The absorption of sound
The transmission of sound
Pitch
Loudness
Forces
Introduction
Concepts to Support-Key Stages 1 and 2
Some definitions
The effects of forces: the laws of motion
The first law of motion
Momentum
The second law of motion
Gravity
The difference between mass and weight
Falling objects
The third law of motion
The effects of forces: change of shape
Further Concepts to Support Key Stage 2
Pressure
Forces in action
Friction
Upthrust
Displacement
Floating and sinking
Objects weighed in air and water
The Earth and beyond
Introduction
Concepts to Support Key Stages 1 and 2
The solar system
Day and night
The seasons
The Earth and the Moon
The orbit and rotation of the Moon
The phases of the Moon
The solar system and beyond
Galaxies
Inter-galactic space
A cosmic address
Physical processes: Schools National Curriculum coverage
Initial Teacher Training National Curriculum coverage
Symbols used in drawing circuit diagrams
Index
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