Our SPACE research reports tell you what ideas children have about scientific concepts

Nuffield Primary Science books

These books were published by Collins Education. They are out of print, but are widely available in college libraries. 

You can get the general idea of how the SPACE approach works in practice by studying any one of these teachers' guides. Only if you are after specific content do you need a specific title. 

Each teachers’ guide consists of 

  • Summary of the SPACE approach, useful strategies, experimental and investigative science, and planning
  • Finding out children’s ideas: starter activities
  • Examples of children’s work showing their ideas
  • Activities to help children to develop their ideas
  • Assessment: examples of children’s work with notes on the level they have reached

Teachers’ guides for pupils age 5-7 (key stage 1)

  • Variety of life
  • Living processes
  • Living things in their environment
  • Materials 
  • Rocks, soil and weather
  • Forces and movement
  • Using energy 
  • Light
  • Sound and music
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Earth in Space 

Each of these had a pupils' book to accompany it.

Teachers’ guides for pupils age 7-11 (key stage 2)

  • Variety of life 
  • Living processes
  • Living things in their environment
  • Materials 
  • Rocks, soil and weather
  • Forces and movement
  • Using energy
  • Light 
  • Sound and music
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Earth in Space

Each of these has two pupils’ books to accompany it.

Books for the primary teacher

  • Understanding science ideas: a guide for primary teachers
  • Science and literacy: a guide for primary teachers
  • Science co-ordinators' handbook