Mrs Alex Algieri, Early Years’ Leader at Portsmouth High Prep and Pre-School, reflects on why an early introduction to science is such a key part of learning…
Research and practice suggests children have a much greater potential to learn than previously thought and early childhood settings should provide richer and more challenging environments for learning. Together with guidance by skilful teachers, children’s experiences in the early years can have significant impact on their later learning. Science may be a particularly important domain in early childhood, serving not only to build a basis for future scientific understanding but also to build important skills and attitudes for learning.
At Portsmouth High School early years’ pupils have a sensory garden which allows children to experience and consider scientific concepts such as floating and sinking, magnetism, fluid dynamics and materials. There is also a discovery laboratory where young children explore simple scientific concepts and develop a sense of wonder and enthusiasm. Science lessons are supported by a range of hands-on forest school activities to explore the natural world.
Children not only confidently reach the science related EYFS early learning goals, but develop a sound basis for scientific understanding as they move through the school promoting a life-long interest in science. Back