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ERIC Number: EJ929905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Sowing the Seeds of Science Understanding in the Early Years
Roach, Joanne
Primary Science, n111 p16-19 Jan 2010
For practitioners in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in English schools (ages 3-5), the ethos of learning by "investigating and doing" is a major component of the pleasure of teaching very young children. The "Knowledge and understanding of the world" area of the EYFS (where scientific learning is mainly anchored) places heavy emphasis on curiosity, questioning, exploration, and observation to build the basic skills and attitudes needed for later scientific learning. For many early years teachers, gardening is an effective and relevant context to develop these skills. Growing projects are big news because of their support for the healthy eating agenda, and they are indeed a brilliant way to teach children that vegetables do not just come from a supermarket. The author talked to a number of teachers about their belief in the value of gardening and how they put it into practice at their schools. In this article, she discusses why outdoor learning practitioners believe gardening is such an inspiring context for developing science.
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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
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)