Penny Johnson

Science education

writing - reviewing - editing - adapting
textbooks - trade books - animations - interactive activities

 
What I do...and why I do it
Science is fascinating, but too many children (and adults) are put off reading or learning about science because they think it is too difficult, or not relevant to them (or both!). I see my job as helping to explain science and technology in clear and interesting ways, whether in teaching courses used in schools, in trade books or via websites or interactive activities.

My background
My first career was in engineering, working for British Aerospace on Jaguar and Tornado fighter aircraft. After 10 years of that I went into teaching secondary science. I became Head of Science in a secondary school, and did some science writing for Longman in my spare time. From there I went into educational publishing, commissioning and editing science courses for schools. Now I am a full time writer and editor, with a little supply teaching on the side.

Writing & publishing work
I have co-written a number of science courses for use at home and in school, from Key Stage 1 to A level, including briefing interactive electronic materials. I have also commissioned and series-edited courses for use in the UK and abroad. These are all closely matched to the relevant curriculum or specification. See below for more details.

I undertake writing, editing and copyediting. I can adapt existing materials to new curricula or specifications, and I can also write interactive activities and animation briefs. I deliver materials to specification and on time.

My main areas of interest are Earth Sciences and Physics, but I can write about any area of science or technology in all age ranges. I am continually updating my scientific knowledge as I am hooked on Open University studying!

Contact me at pennyjohnson915@googlemail.com

Download a more detailed CV here (pdf).

Visit my author page on Amazon.



Publications
Some of my publications to date (for a more recent list, please see my CV):

Key Stages 1 & 2
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4 (GCSE courses)
Key Stage 5 (AS and A2 courses)
Trade
International


Key Stages 1 and 2 (ages 5 - 11)

Key Stage 1 Revision Guide  (sole author)

Published by Scholfield & Sims.

This is a revision guide for use at home or in school. It covers all the science in Key Stage 1, to back up and reinforce what children learn in school. Answers are included, so that children (or parents!) can check their work.

    

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Exploring Science 3-6
(co-authored with Mark Levesley)

Published by Pearson Education, under the Longman imprint.

This is a complete course for teaching Key Stage 2 Science. It comprises Pupil textbooks, Teacher's Guides with lesson ideas, activities and answers, Copymaster files with photocopiable worksheets, and CD-ROMs with interactive activities.

           

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Key Stage 2 Revision Guide  (sole author)

Published by Scholfield & Sims.

This is a revision guide for use at home or in school. It covers all the science in Key Stage 2, to back up and reinforce what children learn in school. Answers are included, so that children (or parents!) can check their work.

The Revision Guide is accompanied by a book of practice papers, in the same format as the KS2 SATs.


       

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Key Stage 2 Workbooks  (sole author)

Published by Scholfield & Sims.

A series of 6 learning workbooks for Key Stage 2, covering the whole science curriculum. Each book provides a concise summary of the information you would expect to find in a textbook, along with questions and tasks that children need to consolidate learning. The books are intended for children to use independently at home or in school.

                 

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Key Stage 3 (ages 11 - 14)

Exploring Science HSW Edition (co-author)

Published by Pearson Education under the Longman imprint.

This is a complete course for teaching Key Stage 3 Science, under the series editorship of Mark Levesley. It comprises Pupil textbooks, Teacher's Guides with lesson ideas, activities and answers, Copymaster files with photocopiable worksheets, and CD-ROMs with interactive activities. This is the 3rd edition of this course, and it is proving to be a market leader.

Courses such as Exploring Science are written to meet changes to the National Curriculum, and require an author team due to the tight timescales and large volume of material. I wrote approximately half of the materials for the whole course for this and earlier editions.

              

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Key Stage 4 (ages 14 - 16)

Edexcel GCSE Science
(co-author)

Published by Edexcel/Pearson Education

This is a complete course for delivering the 2011 Edexcel Science course, including Student Books, Activity Packs, Teacher and Technician Planning Packs and interactive activities. I wrote parts of the Physics and Chemistry units in the Science, Additional Science and Extension Units materials.

         

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360Science Revision Guides
(author)

Published by Edexcel/Pearson Education

These two books summarise the content of Edexcel's specificaitons for Science and Additional Science, with questions exam tips and hints.

         

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AQA GCSE Science
(co-author)

This is a complete course for AQA Science (2011), with Student's Books, Activity Packs and Teacher's notes. There are books for Core Science, and Additional Science. The physics units from these, together with the extension unit needed for Triple Science, are published as a Physics book.

         

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21st Century Science
(comissioning editor, series editor and co-author)

Published by Pearson Education under the Longman imprint.

This is a complete course that exactly matches the OCR 21st Century Science specifications. As both commissioning editor (working on a freelance basis) and series editor I played a large part in defining how the course would look, how the differentiation works, and what additional support materials would be provided. I also reviewed and edited materials produced by the other authors on the team to ensure consistency of style, level and approach.

              

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Key Stage 5 (ages 16 - 18)

Edexcel AS Physics Revision Guide (co-author)
Published by Edexcel/Pearson Education.

This book covers the content of Edexcel's AS Specification.

    

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Trade

Ice to Steam (author)
Published by Rourke Publishing.

This book was written to cover aspects of particle theory for the Texas, California and Florida curricula, but intended for trade sales. The reading age is 9 - 12.

    

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International

Longman Physics for IGCSE - 3rd edition
(co-author).
The third edition covers the current Edexcel IGCSE Physics specification.

    

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A New Science for JSS
(series editor)

This is a series of textbooks and teacher's guides for Ghana. The books were written by teachers in Ghana. As series editor, I took their manuscripts and edited them to fit books laid out in double page spreads, and also ensured that the whole of the Ghana Ministry of Education syllabus was covered. The books were subsequenty adopted by the Minstry of Education.

        

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