The Nature of Science Textbook 2-pack


  • The Nature of Science provides excellent examination preparation for Junior Cycle Science students. The questions on the official SEC Sample Paper will feel familiar to students using this textbook and its accompanying Student Resources & Revision Book. 
  • Encourages scientific enquiry through Extended Investigations and Science in Society research tasks
  • Focuses on improving scientific literacy through case studies taken from a wide range of media sources
  • Specific Learning Outcomes indicated at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Original end-of-chapter questions which are divided into:
  • KC Key Concepts – Fill-in-the-blank basic definition questions
  • KU Knowledge & Understanding – More in-depth questions testing students’ comprehension
  • T&I Thinking and Investigating – Analytical questions involving graphs, tables and data analysis
  • These question types mirror the question types on the SEC sample exam paper.
  • 1 Learning outcomes listed and addressed in each chapter and cross-referenced in Contents
  • 2 Why it matters: reinforces the value of the learning outcomes addressed in the chapter.
  • 3 Nature of Science: this central concept is emphasised in a special section in each chapter.
  • 4 Activities: A wide range of activities, Investigate this: Extended investigations: Research this:
  • 5 Science in society: Socio-scientific issues suitable for more in-depth investigation
  • 6 Questions: Easy differentiation through three levels of questions
  • 7 Case studies: science in the context of the wider world and develop scientific literacy and numeracy.

Powerpoint files for teachers

Colourful and informative powerpoint files for teachers to access.


Key Concept Solutions

Key Concept Solutions (available to teachers only).


Interactive quizzes

Interactive quizzes for students to complete and self-correct.

Why it matters
Each chapter begins with a concise opening page listing the main sections within this chapter, the LOs covered in these sections and the reasons why the student needs to learn this content (why this matters). This approach is in keeping with the Junior Cycle rationale of encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning.
Case studies
Frequent case studies have been included to place science in the everyday and show students the real-life application of the scientific knowledge they are learning in class.
Original questions
End of chapter activities include differentiated questions and original questions compiled by the authors to replicate what students are likely to encounter in the Junior Cycle exam.

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