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Utterly Jarvellous

Written by Dr Sai Pathmanathan

Key Stage 2 Activity and Puzzle books Science

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A science activities book as jarvellous as it sounds

Who knew you could do so much with – and learn so much from – an ordinary glass jar? Created by scientist and educator Dr Sai Pathmanathan, this book contains 50 accessible, low-cost, hands-on science activities that will educate and inspire young minds about everything from magnets to matter, and light to evolution. And the most amazing thing is, pretty much all you need to set them up, is a jar. Dr Pathmanathan believes that science can be most awe-inspiring when we work things out for ourselves, and that’s definitely borne out here, where children are inspired to think about science, and use what they observe themselves to come to conclusions. The instructions for each experiment are easy to follow and accompanied by clear explanations of the science behind it, as well as suggestions for additional activities. Designed for use at home or at school, this will definitely appeal to enquiring minds and open up a world of wonder. One word of warning though – there are some groan-inducing puns as chapter titles! 

Andrea Reece

Utterly Jarvellous Synopsis

Forget plastic beakers and pipettes, the only apparatus you need for these unique science lessons is a single household object - a jar!

With 50 fun, accessible and sustainable lesson ideas covering the entire Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for science, this book will inspire teachers and engage children of all abilities. The whole class will be mesmerised by experiments to simulate a solar eclipse, build a wormery, make a lava lamp and watch a volcano erupt - all in a jar. 

Aimed at eliminating the need for single-use plastic, the activities in this book only require glass jars, lids and additional everyday materials that are readily available in most primary schools. Each science experiment is accompanied by a clear explanation of the science behind it, photocopiable worksheets with illustrated, step-by-step instructions for pupils to follow and evaluation questions to consolidate learning.

From science specialists to those just getting to grips with the subject, all teachers can deliver these environmentally friendly, inclusive and cost-effective activities with minimal preparation. Please note that the PDF eBook version of this book cannot be printed or saved in any other format. It is intended for use on interactive whiteboards and projectors only.

Utterly Jarvellous Press Reviews

A gem of a book for all science enthusiasts. Utterly Jarvellous is an inspirational guide to exploring the world of science through a jar! Whether in the classroom or at home, each discovery activity will excite and enthuse the young scientific mind. -- Sarah Langford - Primary teacher and education writer

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472984838
Publication date: 4th March 2021
Author: Dr Sai Pathmanathan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Puzzles / Activities, Science

About Dr Sai Pathmanathan

Dr Sai Pathmanathan has over 20 years of experience in science education. She develops hands-on activities and resources for all ages and abilities, and runs science clubs and community events. She also consults on science communication and public engagement projects, and has worked with organisations around the world including the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Science Teachers Association. Sai has a neuroscience doctorate from the University of Oxford. 

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