What is Primary School Science?
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There can be some confusion between primary science and primary technology - and indeed, projects like the construction of a working machine can combine the two - technology as the 'appliance of science'. The two can be distinguished by remembering that science is about understanding more about the known world - using tried and tested methods to find out more. Technology is about creating things that didn't exist before they were imagined or visualised . Because you have to understand the former well to make the latter work , science and technology can be closely related. Science in primary schools is about practical activity. There are facts to learn, and there is information to be researched, but the great strength of primary school science is in the doing. The Nuffield Mathematics Project was launched on an 'ancient Chinese proverb ': 'I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand' . No ancient Chinese has stepped forward to claim authorship; but the sentiment is a good one. You will find that children will warm to the practical experience of handling concrete objects; and of discovering by activity. This can be challenging for you, and sometimes tiring; but the enthusiasm and delight of motivated young scientists is hugely rewarding.