This week's Educational Resources Scotland show in Glasgow included a good range of science materials and gave a foretaste of what will be exhibited at the ASE conference in Edinburgh later this month. Publishers are doing what they can to provide non-specialist primary teachers with individual, clearly focussed topics.
Ginn's New Star Science offers a complete scheme from P1-7, which takes science as a discreet subject and aims to be teacher-friendly with background information for the less confident. A big book story introduces infants to key concepts, and there are about six topics a year, linked to 5-14 with science logs, fact files and check sheets. P1, P4 and P5 came out last term, P6 and P7 are due out in April and P2 and P3 in the summer term. Teacher's book plus six pupil books for each of the six topics costs around pound;200.
Glasgow now has a complete 5-14 science programme with glossy A4 books on eg Toys, Brds, Minibeasts and Plants, and Seasons, taking teachers from P1 through to S1 and S2. Enquiries to the education support service.
New topics in North Lanarkshire's science series for P1-3 are Me and My Senses, The Changing Seasons, Introducing Energy and Our Moving Toys (pound;25-30 each) and for P7 Forces and What Living Things Do (pound;25 each), available from Quality Development Services.
TTS Ltd launched a Computer Microscope for pound;78 in January. Originally made for the toy market, it allows x10, x60 and x200 magnification as well as time-lapse photography. The same firm's Light Bank aims to solve any plant lighting problems in the primary classroom for pound;54.95.
Finally, watch out for Channel 4's new website for primary children, Science Essentials at www.4learning.co.ukessentials. Linked to attainment outcomes in Scotland, it explains concepts in child-friendly language and includes a glossary and quiz.