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Why and How? is for anyone who has an interest in primary science. Our FREE newsletter has been designed to offer practical support as well as to update readers with news, research, projects and key dates. Each issue contains the following sections, which you can download individually below:

  • Pictures for talk in science
  • The Why & How Challenge
  • Climate Science
  • Free resources
  • Cutting edge research linked with the principles of primary science - click here to view the full articles.

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Archive

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ISSUE 11 - SPRING 2021 [5.92MB]

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ISSUE 10 - AUTUMN 2020 [6.05MB]

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ISSUE 9 - SUMMER 2020 [4.61MB]

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ISSUE 8 - Spring 2020 [4.81MB]

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ISSUE 7 - Autumn 2019 [6.77MB]

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ISSUE 6 - Summer 2019 [5.07MB]

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ISSUE 5 Welsh language - Spring 2019 [7.17MB]

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Issue 5 - Spring 2019 [3.23MB]

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Issue 4 - Autumn 2018 [2.32MB]

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Issue 3 - Summer 2018 [4.60MB]

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Issue 2 - Spring 2018 [6.96MB]

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Issue 1 - Autumn 2017 [3.27MB]

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Common Misconceptions

We know how tricky it can sometimes be to deal with children’s common misconceptions, so in each issue we focus on a particular area of science and offer expert guidance on how to address them.

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ISSUE 11 - SOUND COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS [560.48kB]

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ISSUE 6 - States of Matter Common Misconceptions [485.53kB]

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ISSUE 5 WELSH LANGUAGE - Common Misconceptions, Liferi a phwlïau [485.53kB]

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ISSUE 5 - Levers Common Misconceptions [580.35kB]

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ISSUE 4 - Science and Fiction Common Misconceptions [208.89kB]

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ISSUE 3 - Evolution Common Misconceptions [289.57kB]

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ISSUE 2 - Electricity Common Misconceptions [284.09kB]

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ISSUE 1 - Light Common Misconceptions [213.47kB]

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Pictures for Talk in Science

Each issue includes a picture as a stimulus for talk. Starting with a picture is an open-ended, easily usable and inclusive approach to group talk in science. This picture can be used with any age, and it is hugely flexible; it might start out as a fifteen minute stand-alone activity but could lead to all sorts of other possibilities, e.g. investigations based on what the children identify they want to find out more about.

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PICTURES FOR TALK BOOKLET [4.77MB]

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ISSUE 11 - PICTURES FOR TALK [384.83kB]

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ISSUE 10 - Pictures for talk [1.31MB]

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ISSUE 8 - Pictures for talk [272.08kB]

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ISSUE 7 - Pictures for talk [454.04kB]

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ISSUE 6 - Pictures for talk [2.33MB]

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ISSUE 5 Welsh LANGUAGE - Lluniau i drafod gwyddoniaeth gynradd [819.43kB]

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ISSUE 5 - Pictures for talk [835.70kB]

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ISSUE 4 - Pictures for talk [298.28kB]

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ISSUE 3 - Pictures for talk [151.88kB]

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ISSUE 2 - Pictures for Talk [181.63kB]

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ISSUE 1 - Pictures for Talk [184.38kB]

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Why & How Challenge for the Whole School

The Why and How Challenge is a regular pull-out feature and we hope teachers will enjoy using it with their class or as a Whole School Competition.

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ISSUE 8 - making a mobile why and how challenge [270.69kB]

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issue 7 - 'O' ring flyer Why & How challenge [139.69kB]

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Issue 6 - open-ended exploration Why & How challenge [225.65kB]

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issue 5 Welsh language - Yr Her Pam a Sut [215.87kB]

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issue 5 - observation Why & How challenge [223.80kB]

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issue 4 - chain reaction Why & How challenge [302.39kB]

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issue 3 - living things Why & How challenge [187.85kB]

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ISSUE 2 - rubber band cars Why & How challenge [124.48kB]

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ISSUE 1 - Paper Spinners Why & How challenge [121.74kB]

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ISSUE 1 - Paper Spinners Template [41.12kB]

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Climate Science

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ISSUE 11 - CLIMATE SCIENCE [283.22kB]

Recommended classroom resources

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ISSUE 10 - CLIMATE SCIENCE [636.79kB]

Supporting children with eco-anxiety

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ISSUE 9 - CLIMATE SCIENCE [701.60kB]

Connecting with nature and caring for the earth

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ISSUE 8 - CLIMATE SCIENCE [546.34kB]

Supporting Resources for the Primary Classroom

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ISSUE 7 - Climate Science [1.49MB]

Microplastics in our seas

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