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ERIC Number: EJ929903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Early Years Science Is So Much More than Just "Knowledge and Understanding of the World"
Barton, Debra
Primary Science, n111 p5-7 Jan 2010
With the introduction of the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in September 2008 in England (for 3-5-year-olds), some early years practitioners have had to include a formal early years curriculum into their practice. Training is being offered by local authorities to assist in the delivery of a quality early years curriculum in line with the EYFS, and the author recently had the good fortune to attend a "science in the early years" course. Early years science encourages the development of the "communications, language and literacy" area of the curriculum through discussions with peers and knowledgeable adults and through reflection. Practitioners can further extend the children's learning through the use of books and the Internet to complement the investigation taking place. In this article, the author discusses the role of science in the early years curriculum and shares her thoughts on how science and early years are intrinsically linked. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A