Little Scientists

Little Scientists

For our May open day we have focused on a theme that really grabs children attention and has endless learning opportunities; Science. If you are a parent of a preschool aged child or work in a  preschool room you will know just how inquisitive and open young children’s minds are. These traits are perfect for budding young scientists. Through exciting experiments and new discoveries children can really learn so much and ask so many interesting questions that will really get their brains ticking over!

Why is Science important in early years?

This extract from Steve Spangler Science explains the importance of Science in early years education.

“For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don’t have to teach young children how to wonder, discover, and explore through play because they do it naturally.

The myth is that we have to convince children that science is fun. Are you kidding? Science has always been fun for children… if it’s presented in the right way.

When people say they don’t like science, it’s most likely because of a bad experience they had as a child. It was the EXPERIENCE that shaped their negative opinion. That’s why it’s so important to focus on working with early childhood educators to learn how to create amazing experiences that encourage discovery through play, asking questions, exploration and using creativity to solve simple problems. It’s next to impossible to erase bad experiences. On the flip side, amazing experiences turn into unforgettable learning experiences that can inspire and motivate children to want to learn and explore more on their own.

When it comes to teaching science, early childhood educators have tremendous impact and influence on shaping the thoughts and opinions of children. Research shows that most children have formed an opinion (either positive or negative) about science by the time they reach the age of 7. That puts a tremendous about of responsibility on early childhood professionals. Teaching science is not an option for the early childhood educator… it’s a MUST! We as teachers have the opportunity to create amazing experiences that will have a lasting impact on our students throughout their entire school experience.”

Is Science in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)?

Science doesn’t formally appear in the EYFS as an area of learning, however aspects of science are included in the area “Understanding The World”. It is this area of learning that allows nursery practitioners to introduce scientific activities and technology to the children’s learning and day to day activities. Activities such as using magnets, floating and sinking in water play or using torches or the sun to create shadows all promote science in early years education.

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