First Steps in Science: Year 6 Pupil's Book

First Steps in Science: Year 6 Pupil's Book

Level: Primary

Series Title: First Steps in Science (FSIS)

Subject: Science

ISBN: 978 976 638 093 9

Pages: 324

Age Group: 10 - 13 years

Published: 2008

FSIS Pupil's Books and Activity Books for Years 4 to 6 respond fully to the Revised Primary Curriculum (RPC) for science from the MOE.

These new editions provide a sound introduction to science as a process and a means of acquiring skills. The emphasis is a hands-on, investigative approach, while incorporating the current focus on career infusion and the development of positive attitudes towards self, others, science and the environment. Pupils will be motivated to learn and enjoy exploring the world of science.

FSIS Activity Books are designed to work in tandem with the Pupil's Books in helping the pupils to further explore the topics covered in the curriculum. Used together, the Pupil's Book and the Activity Book for each year foster a sound grounding in scientific concepts reinforced by hands-on practice. However, the Activity Book can stand on its own.

This revised edition now includes more alternative assessment and activities that appeal to the multiple intelligences. Used with the other books in the series, this text offers excellent preparation for GSAT Science or similar examinations.


Vilma McClenan
was Coordinator of the UWI Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC), Mona, for many years. She is a distinguished science educator, who in 2000 was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica for Science and Technology Education. She is also the main author of the landmark First Steps in Science (FSIS) series.
Cecile Carrington
experienced educator who taught for many years in secondary schools in Trinidad. She has been involved in teacher evaluation for Jamaica's MOE.
Ian Flowers
experienced primary level teacher in Jamaica.
Rosemarie Mathurin
is an experienced St Lucian educator who has taught at the secondary level and at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. She also has experience in educational administration.
Hortense Morgan
former primary school principal and was in the forefront of science education in Jamaica for many years.

Key Features

  • What Have You Learnt? and Glossary/Index features give pupils the tools they need to be independent learners
  • Did You Know?and Technology Corner extend science knowledge to everyday life
  • Seven Unit Assessments utilize a variety of question types and assessment modes and incorporate the multiple intelligences

Look out For:

  • User-friendly instructions that are clear and answers are provided
  • Illustrations and photographs that provide additional help in concept formation
  • A wide variety of exercises, activities and fun illustrations

Notes To Teachers:

First Steps in Science Year 6 Pupilís Book is the third in a series of text books designed to meet the needs of Jamaicaís Revised Primary Curriculum (RPC) for upper primary students. Year 6 Pupilís Book will give students a thorough understanding of the topics prescribed for this grade level, as it covers more than 80% of the RPC. It provides accurate science content and activities relevant to the grade level and will also be invaluable in preparing students for examinations such as the GSAT in Jamaica and national assessments in other countries, that mark the end of primary education. As you guide your students through the activities, they will also develop the skills and attitudes they will need now and later.

This book will help you to become a true facilitator of learning, guiding your students through the learning process and encouraging them to find out for themselves. Keep the following quotation in mind as you guide your students to conduct and learn from their investigations.

Features of the Book

The book is organized into seven units. Each unit is guided by Focus Questions to make it easier for you to follow the RPC. The unitís introduction usually starts with a picture influenced by the unit title, followed by a statement and questions ó all intended to stimulate students and prepare them for the content of the unit.

Objectives, based on those in the RPC, are usually stated at the beginning of each new section. This will help guide your preparation for each lesson. We have kept the language simple, so that your students will understand what they are expected to learn.

Activities are an integral part of science teaching and learning, so we have ensured that there are enough activities to keep your students of varying abilities interested as they learn the content. Very clear, step-by-step instructions are provided, often with explanatory graphics, that your students will be able to follow. Probing questions encourage them to think as they work, guiding their attention to expected outcomes and helping them to develop their inquiry skills.

Activities enable students to work alone, in small groups or as part of larger cooperative groups. We encourage you to utilize the group work opportunities throughout the book for cooperative learning activities, where appropriate, so students develop important life attitudes and skills as they learn to organize, share and work together. Look out for the Challenge icon, which indicates an activity or part of an activity that is designed to engage the more advanced student. The activities can be performed with readily available equipment and materials. The Looking Ahead feature helps you prepare for activities by advising when to start collecting or preparing items that will be needed for future activities.

Think and Tell and On Your Own are exciting ways of encouraging your students to look more deeply at the various topics, both in the classroom and at home. There is also a comprehensive combined Glossary and Index to help your students understand and learn the vocabulary of science. The Did You Know? feature contains interesting facts that help students to relate what they have learned to the world around them.

A Career focus is encouraged through interesting insights into the work of real people, given in When I grow up, I want to be sections.

Key words and concepts are highlighted in bold or in colour. Bold italics are used for definitions and other important statements that we want the students to note specially.