Science textbooks for India

Having written a number of English textbooks and having conducted a number of workshops and seminars on the teaching of English, I eventually became known in India as an ELT person. My experience at the school started by my parents in Karnataka - Neel Bagh – however, was in teaching many subjects at different levels, from kindergarten to BA. I devoted much energy to developing materials in all subjects, and science was one of them.

The first science course I worked on was for Oxford University Press, Pakistan. The OUP branch in Delhi was also interested in marketing my science books in India, but in order not to confuse schools and teachers, they asked that I write these under a penname. Integrated Primary Science (IPS) by Lester Davidson was born. Lester is my middle name, and I am David’s son, so the choice of name was appropriate.

IPS for the Indian market was produced in 1993. It was revised in 2000, becoming New Integrated Primary Science (NIPS). It was revised again in 2009 and in 2019.  The series consists of six Course Books and six Teacher’s Books.

The new edition aims to make learning science an enjoyable and active experience. 


  • Profusely illustrated: Complete new set of illustrations

  • Activities and Projects: Hands-on activities and experiments

  • Teacher’s Notes: Suggest creative ways to explain concepts

  • Revision Exercises: Comprehensive exercises at the end of every unit

  • Test Papers: Practice papers at the end of the book

  • Think about it! Higher Order Thinking Skill (HOTS) questions

  • Fun Pages: Simple fun-filled worksheets after each unit

  • Know More: Interesting concepts related snippets

  • Short biographies: Brief insights into the lives and achievements of great scientists

  • Environment Watch: Interesting snippets and tips to evoke awareness on environment-related issues

New features:

  • Recall: At the beginning of the chapter to recall the related concepts learnt in the previous classes

  • Introductory exercises: Chapter opening illustrations as interactive warm-ups, develop a range of scientific skills through a variety of questions graded under:

    • Observe and Write: Observation and interpretation-based exercises

    • Draw and Describe: Drawing and picture-based exercises

    • Think and Answer: Higher-Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) questions

    • Apply and Answer: Application-based questions

    • Discuss and Answer: Probing discussion questions for collaboration

  • Concept Check: In-text exercise after every major topic

  • Word Study: Dictionary meaning of difficult words

  • Myths vs Fact: Alerts to commonly held misconceptions

  • Key Words: Definitions of important scientific terms

  • Recap: Quick recap of the chapter in the form of a child friendly infographic

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