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Science in the Foundation Stage

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by deleted298, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. As a newly appointed Primary Science Co-Ordinator and Inquiry based Learning Co-Ordinator I'm looking for Investigation style science resources, ideas, assessment, etc etc for our Early Years Dept which is made up of Pre-nursery; Nursery; Reception. I'm a key stage 2 specialist and have very little experience of this age group of children!
    So any EY specialist willing to share their ideas please feel free - wouldn't mind getting a look at the EY IPC units for ideas (anyone willing??)

  2. Sorry, clearly I am having a dense moment - what are the IPC units?

    Some ideas for Early Years investigation type resources:-

    clipboards, magnifying glasses, digi-blue, bug boxes, reference pictures/books, bags/boxes of mixed or sorted materials - wood, metals, plastics, fabrics, hard/soft, floating/sinking, torches, coloured acetates, ice cube trays (melting/freezing), magnets, magnetic toys, collection of small toys that move in different ways (push/pull/twist), windmills, chimes, ribbons, bubbles (exploring wind), household utensils - egg whisk, tape recorder, construction kits (looking at how things might work), plants/seeds etc

    I think you'll really enjoying looking at Science/investigation at this age level as it really is about children exploring the world at its most simple level. Assessment is all about observing the development and interests of the children as they learn through investigating the environment and resources you provide for them. Often just providing children with the equipment then asking a few open ended questions (eg what do you think this is? How might it work?) stimulates some great discussions and leads to investigations. You can prob use all your Key Stage 2 ideas just break them down into their absolute basic elements. You'll find children in the Early Years often come out with the most profound and fascinating comments, observations and ideas.
  3. cinderella1

    cinderella1 New commenter

    Hiya if you look at the EYFS the curriculum we follow you will see the KUW (knowledge and understanding of the world objectives we use, we do this by giving the children access to activities and resources to help towards their development in these areas. The Science comes under exploraton and investigation for example see the box below
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    30 ? 50 months[/b]
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    The teacher will plan activities and child initiated learning opportunities, for example exploring magnetic and non magnetic objects, exploring water wheels, floating and sinking, materials, soft hard, stong....... we will prob plan these linked to our themes and mini topics based on the childrens needs and observations of interests. In our Curriculum we wouldnt be following any schemes, unless of course we found an activity that we thought fitted in. If you goggle you will find lots of sites for foundation stage Science including those on LA sites


    I assess against whatever objectives I have chosen for the activity, these will relate to skills and the eyfs objectives that fit the stages of development. Or through observations.

    I would say regarding resources you will need an audit of what resources they already have, then you can look through the early years cato and choose or I would say get the staff to write a wish list of what resources they need to promote early investigation skills.

    Good that your keen and eager to support the development of early Science, but I also think you need to find out about how the children learn in our curriuclum and how the curriculum works :))
  4. We have made some resource boxes which we get out for the children (or the children can ask for) with a science focus e.g. 'light' (magnifiers, mirrors etc) sound (still working on this one) 'touch' (lots of different textures). We have only just started compiling them but they seem to be a hit so far.

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    Thanks for the ideas, they're great!
    Yes I had thought about resource boxes but we do have a HUGE EY dept - 5 form entry so 15 classes of between 15 to 20 children per class!!

    IPC is the International Primary Curriculum - it is an excellent resource!

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