This pupil's book is part of the "Hodder Science" series, which is designed to support the National Curriculum guidelines for Key Stage 3 science. The series offers a context-based approach to the subject, and aims to stimulate and motivate pupils by relating the science to real life. Each concept is studied and then briefly revisited and consolidated within a different context later in the course. Used together, the three pupil's books in this scheme of work provide a progressive year-on-year course to take pupils through to their National tests. This pupils book has been written to cover National Curriculum levels 4-6. Each chapter is divided into colourful, double-page spreads. A number of features within the book help to consolidate pupil's previous knowledge and help them progress successfully through their Key Stage 3 course. A starter exercise at the beginning of each chapter allows teachers to assess pupil's level of understanding of the topic before progressing and stop-and-think boxes integrated within the text encourage pupils to monitor how well they have grasped the concepts covered. There are also end-of-chapter remember boxes to summarize the scientific concepts covered and questions and a list of relevant web sites.
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James Williams has worked as a head of biology and a head of science. He has taught biology at O level, CSE, GCSE and A level and has wide experience of teaching chemistry and physics to GCSE. He now works at Brunel University, where he has produced a distance learning PGCE in biology and contributes to the University's PGCE secondary science programme and undergraduate BA (QTS) primary degree. In addition, he delivers a highly successful TTA-funded INSET course on effective middle management, contributing to the Master's programme in educational management. He is currently studying for his PhD on the subject of primary/secondary transfer and pupil's progression and continuity in their knowledge and understanding in science. James has worked for a number of publishers as a reviewer and he has contributed to publications on initial teacher training as well as writing textbooks. He is a regular contributor to the Times Educational Supplement and has written for a number of national newspapers and magazines on science and science education and as a book reviewer. He recently worked as a consultant to QCA on the new Science Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work. He acts as a consultant for the BBC and a number of newspapers on science education and has contributed to a number of television and radio programmes. He was the principle researcher and a contributor to a BBC (Wales) TV programme, The Forgotten Evolutionist on the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace, part of the Jones, Genes and Evolution series presented by Professor Steve Jones. He is recognised as an international authority on the life and work of Wallace.
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