Peter.D.Riley

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Taking science education across the world

Our future depends on exploring all the frontiers of science, on innovative technologies based on these explorations and on the development of scientific literacy in all peoples through science education.

Teaching Primary Science is now released

My new book, Teaching Primary Science, has now been published by Bloomsbury.

Teaching Primary Science

Teaching Primary Science is published by Bloomsbury

Teaching Primary Science is part of a brand new series for primary teachers, providing a full guide to teaching primary curriculum subjects. It’s aimed at non-specialists.

The book is closely tied to the new curriculum, with extracts from the curriculum itself and lesson plans and teaching ideas for every area. With this book you’ll be equipped to confidently deliver engaging and well-informed lessons that account for the changes in the National Curriculum.

To find out more about the book, take a look at the page about it on Bloomsbury’s website.



Two new books released today

Straight Forward With Science: Classification and EvolutionStraight Forward With Science: The Human Body

Today I’m happy to announce that the last two books in my Straight Forward With Science series are being published today by Hachette. They are: Classification & Evolution and The Human Body

The Straight forward with Science series has been written to support children with their Upper Key stage 2 Science work. There are activities and questions on almost every spread designed to make the reader interact with the text by using critical thing skills, planning investigations, gathering easily obtainable materials and equipment and carrying out scientific investigations. These may be illustrative to reinforce what has been read or to provide opportunities to develop observational skills. Where an activity is an example of one or more types of scientific enquiry it is referenced at the back of the book.

The Straight Forward with Science series builds on the foundations provided by the Ways into Science series and the Moving up with Science series to provide a complete resource for primary science teaching. The three series can be used to follow and check the children’s progression through the 2014 National Curriculum for Science.

Both books can be ordered direct from Hachette using the links below.

Order Straight Forward With Science: Classification and Evolution from Hachette
Order Straight Forward With Science: The Human Body from Hachette



Last two books in my Moving Up With Science series published today

The last two books in my Moving Up With Science series are being published today by Hachette.

Moving up with science has been written to follow on from Ways into Science and support children with their Lower Key stage 2 Science work. There are activities and questions on almost every spread which provide children with opportunities to develop their science enquiry skills and their critical thinking skills. These are identified at the back of each book so you can plot and monitor the children’s progress in science skill development.

Both can be purchased directly from the Hachette website using the links below.

Moving Up With Science: The Body

Moving Up With Science: The Body

Moving Up With Science: The Body

Discover what happens inside your body; the way muscles and bones work together and what happens to your food as it is digested. Explore the ways you can keep your body healthy and find out about animal bodies and food chains.

Buy Moving Up With Science: The Body

Moving Up With Science: Habitats

Moving Up With Science: Habitats

Moving Up With Science: Habitats

Find out about forest and water homes; the importance of food chains and why humans are changing habitats. Explore different plant and animal groups and discover how a woodland changes with the seasons.

Buy Moving Up With Science: Habitats



New Straight Forward with Science books published today

Two of my books in the Straight Forward With Science series are published today. Based on the classic Straightforward Science series, these books have been written and updated to work for the new science curriculum at upper Key Stage 2.

Straight Forward With Science covers

Straight Forward With Science


Straight forward with science: life cycles

Life cycles looks at what life cycles are and discovers the many different life cycles that exist in nature, from mammals and birds to plants, insects and amphibians. How life cycles are keyed into the seasons is studied along with the work of the famous naturalists, including Gilbert White and David Attenborough.

Buy Straight forward with science: life cycles from Hachette

Straight forward with science: electricity

Electricity looks at what is electricity is, how it is generated and how it makes the world around us work, both at home and in nature. Electrical circuits, electromagnets and motors are all also explored.

Buy Straight forward with science: electricity from Hachette



New books in the Moving Up With Science series published today

Three books in my Moving Up With Science series are being published today. Written to support the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2, each title explores key scientific topics through a combination of concise information and fun experiments.

Moving Up With Science: Electricity

Moving Up With Science: Electricity

Moving Up with Science: Electricity reveals how electricity was discovered; what is inside a battery; and how to make your own series circuit. Explore the many uses of electricity and discover how to make your own buzzing robot.

Buy Moving up with science: electricity from Hachette

Moving Up With Science: State Of Matter

Moving Up With Science: States Of Matter

Moving Up with Science: Matter describes how and why water evaporates; how ice melts and why we can’t normally see gases. Explore the water cycle and discover how it affects our weather.

Buy Moving up with science: states of matter from Hachette

Moving Up With Science: Plants

Moving Up With Science: Plants

Moving Up with Science: Plants explains why flowers have colourful petals; how leaves make food for plants; and how water moves inside roots and stems. Explore different types of flower and discover what happens when seeds are kept in the dark.

Buy Moving up with science: plants from Hachette



New books published this week

Two of my books in the Straight Forward With Science series are published today. Based on the classic Straightforward Science series, these books have been written and updated to work for the new science curriculum at upper Key Stage 2.

Straight Forward With Science: Materials And Properies

Straight Forward With Science: Materials And Properties

What are the properties of materials? How are they useful to us? How do the properties change and how can we make them change? These are just a few of the questions answered in the new Upper Key Stage 2 Science book Materials and Properties.

Buy Straight Forward With Science : Materials And Properties direct from Hachette

Straight Forward With Science: The Earth In Space

Straight Forward With Science: The Earth In Space

What is space and how can we investigate it? What is in the inner and outer Solar System, What is space rubble and how do eclipses take place? These are just a few of the questions answered in the new Upper Key Stage 2 Science book The Earth in Space.

Buy Straight Forward With Science : The Earth In Space direct from Hachette



Moving up with science

Moving Up With Science - HabitatsThe last book, Habitats, in the nine book series Moving up with Science has just gone off to the printers and will be published on August 13th. I began writing this brand new series last summer and would just like to thank Hayley Fairhead the editor on this project for all her work during this time.

Editor’s roles in book production can go beyond the original checking text and compensating for the authors ‘inelegancy in style’ a phrase I remember someone saying to me when I started writing over thirty years ago.

Hayley also liaised with the designer and made sure my text fitted the allocated space, researched pictures I suggested, arranged photoshoots for the experiments and kept me ‘in loop’ with the production of every book so I could deliver text, review edited text, check pictures and make captions in time for the deadlines. I only mention this because when teachers and children ask me how books are ‘made’ they are quite surprised at all the work that goes on beside the writing.

Thanks again Hayley.



My Books

Follow the links below to find out more about my books and book series, as well as downloadable resources for teachers and parents using my books.

Books for Primary Schools
Books for Secondary Schools

Books and Resources for Teachers

Contact Me

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