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ERIC Number: EJ985255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Early Years: Where Does Science Fit In?
Rogers, Victoria
Primary Science, n123 p28-30 May 2012
Science provides foundations for people to understand what is happening around them, supplies information for developments to be made and explains why things happen. As a science and early years specialist, the author often wondered how early years and science can be combined. Where is the place of science within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in English schools? Through observations and her own teaching, the author has witnessed children exploring science topics through making predictions, using their senses and investigating materials and their properties. Science is a core subject once children reach formal primary education and the author considered whether, for consistent learning to occur, more emphasis should be placed on science as an individual "subject" within the early learning goals and guidance, rather than being traditionally taught through the strand of "Knowledge and Understanding of the World" (KUW). In this article, the author reflects on her research which involved finding out where early years teachers thought science fits within the EYFS guidance. She compiled a questionnaire in an effort to discover teachers' views and to understand how they believe science is currently taught. All participants in the study identified that science is taught through the KUW strand. However, some participants acknowledged that science can (and should!) be taught through all strands. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)