Monday 8th March
Monday 8th March 2021
Good afternoon everyone,
We were so pleased to welcome everyone back to nursery today. It is so nice to have the nursery full again. The children who attended throughout lockdown were really pleased to see their friends again. Everything went smoothly and every child seems happy to be back and pleased to reconnect with their friends and teachers.
We started the day with circle time to welcome everyone back and this provided an opportunity to reassure each child that nursery is a fun and safe place to be
This week is science week, we always participate in this week because early years is about exploring and investigating the world, and about having fun and playing. Science combines these two key elements, which are crucial to establishing a lifelong love of learning.
Young children are naturally inquisitive, full of questions about the world around them and are driven to investigate how things work. As teachers we take advantage of this innate curiosity and channel their enthusiasm for scientific discovery as early on as possible.
Providing opportunities for scientific discovery in nursery is beneficial to young children in several ways:
1. It can foster a lifelong love of science
Children are programmed to explore and experiment right from the start, even as babies. On the other hand, research suggests that by the age of 7, most children have developed either a positive or negative attitude towards science education that will remain entrenched. So by tapping into their natural predispositions early on, during this key developmental phase, we can nurture and establish a positive approach to science education that will stay with them into the future.
2. It gives a basic grounding in scientific concepts and scientific thinking
Even the very simplest activities can introduce children to scientific concepts and stimulate scientific thinking. Early years science education can provide a strong foundation in terms of both what is learned, and how it’s learned, that will stand them in good stead. By encouraging and directing their natural curiosity, and familiarising them with basic scientific vocabulary, we can help children begin to make sense of the world around them, and gain some understanding of how things work.
3. It supports the development of other skills and attributes
Science based activities provide children with opportunities to develop and practice many different skills and attributes. These include communication skills, collaborative skills, team working and perseverance, as well as analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills. We help children to expand their vocabulary by using scientific terms that are appropriate for their age group and then we encourage each child to extend and embed their learning through related literacy, numeracy and creative activities.
When we plan a science based activity, the process is more important than the results: although it’s really valuable for the children to gain some scientific understanding along the way, finding the ‘right’ answer is not our main objective; the main goals are to channel their curiosity, and to foster their investigative skills.
Today depending on what they chose to do children could explore floating and sinking, melting or our in the garden they experimented with air pressure and made bottle rockets.
The two year olds in red class enjoyed seeing their friends and exploring all areas of the classroom.
Have a lovely evening and well done for all your hard work during lockdown.