Early Explorations in Science
Exploring Primary Science and Technology
The introduction of the National Curriculum in science at Key Stage 1 has highlighted the need for a close look at teaching and learning in early years science. Children are immersed in science through their everyday experiences and these early science experiences will shape their future development. This book explores issues such as the range, nature and importance of pre-school and Key Stage 1 science experiences. It considers the development of scientific skills, conceptual understanding and attitudes in young children, through observation, exploration and creative activities. Throughout there is an attempt to engage the reader in thoughtful consideration of their role in early scientific development and of the important role played by parents and children themselves. The book will be invaluable reading for all trainee and practicing primary school teachers. This book provides several examples of stimulating and creative classroom activities. It is accessibly written to support teachers and build confidence in teaching primary science, and is firmly grounded in good early years practice.
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"Jane Johnston also communicates a sense of effervescent enthusiasm for teaching and science and her treatment is comprehensive." - Times Educational Supplement "The ideas and recommendations, based on considerable classroom experience, make this book a valuable aid to students and reflective years' practitioners." - Primary Science Review "...a useful addition to the bookshelves of teachers." - Australian Science Teachers Journal "At last! A serious attempt to explore the scientific potential of infant and pre-school children...will start you thinking about science in a much more positive light." - Child Education "This 'user friendly' book is recommended for student teachers, teachers, and parents who are interested in interesting, rewarding and challenging lessons for children in science and technology education." - Science and Children