This book combines reports on and reflection of best practice in improving progression and continuity of teaching and learning in science — particularly at the crucial transition stage between primary and secondary school. Presenting the views of teachers and pupils on progression and learning in science, the book suggests practical ways of improving teaching and learning. Each chapter includes examples of learning materials with notes on how these might be used or adapted by teachers in their own classroom settings.



Points in our lives where we move from one phase to another have a significant impact. From childhood to adolescence, from being single to having a partner, changing jobs, retirement – often these are stressful times. Perhaps we have forgotten what it was like for us on that first morning in a new school, nervous in a new environment but expectant and excited too. Going to a new school is a ‘rite of passage’ in our early lives and, at transfer to secondary school, an entry into adulthood. As we learned from Amin and Lisa, science is one of the most exciting prospects about a new school. But their subsequent learning journeys, like countless others', are not as smooth as they might be. Part ...

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