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Science in the Early Years

Science in the Early Years
Building Firm Foundations from Birth to Five

September 2011 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Giving early years practitioners and students the confidence to effectively support scientific exploration and investigation with young children, this book explains the science behind young children's knowledge and understanding of the world.

Linking theory to practice and the Early Years Foundation Stage, the emphasis throughout the book is on recognizing young children as competent, creative thinkers, and building on their ideas. The book is packed with critical questions and opportunities for reflection, to encourage the reader to think carefully about the role of the adult in supporting child-initiated learning and discovery.

The authors look at all the key areas of scientific knowledge, and provide practical ideas suitable for babies, children aged 2 years, and children aged 3 to 5 years. There is also advice on using observations to help with assessment, and for planning the next steps in children's learning.

Chapters cover:

  • Links to the early years curriculum in England ,Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland
  • Creating a science-rich environment
  • Linking science learning opportunities to areas of provision
  • Exploration and investigation, indoors and outdoors
  • New vocabulary to introduce, and when to do it
  • Handling tricky questions
  • Suppliers of resources and equipment

By making clear links to practice, this book enables the reader to implement new and exciting ideas in any early years setting

Supporting Young Children's Scientific Learning
Creating a Science Rich Environment
Introduction to Part 2
Living Things
Habitats and Sustainability
The Structure of the Human Body and Healthy Living
Air and Water
Magnets and Magnetism
Light, Colour and Shadow
The Earth

'I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone wanting to get the most out of the opportunities for learning about science that seem to be all around us in our settings' - Early Years Update

'[This book] provides a thorough background, putting together relevant knowledge and understanding, key information and practical support, coupled with innovative ideas' - Early Years Educator

'This book is aimed at teachers, trainee teachers and other early years practitioners, providing a thorough background of the science taught for children aged from birth to five. It puts together relevant knowledge and understanding, key information and practical support along with innovative ideas on current thinking in the early years setting. In two easily accessible parts, the book firstly provides guidance on creating a science-rich environment whilst considering the child as a creative thinker; secondly it gives support for practitioners in the scientific concepts needed to deliver science to young children successfully. A very readable and essential book for anyone working in the early years' - Louise Nelson, Senior Lecturer, Initial Teacher Education, Primary Science, Leeds Metropolitan University

Knowledge of the world is an area that has lost some of its focus in the EYFS curriculum yet young children are fascinated by the world in which they live and in the ways in which it works. This book re-emphasies the importance of this vital area of the curriculum and offers thoughts on how these can be introduced in the EYFS programme. Building on good scientific principles the books offers practical ideas on the teaching of science to the youngest children given them firm foundations for the statutory curriculum.

Mr Paul Hopkins
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
April 18, 2018

A very useful book for students specialising in the Early Years. I found the chapter "Creating a Science Rich Curriculum" particularly useful.

Mrs Miriam Catherine Jones
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
October 13, 2016

Another practical and useful book for the student and practitioner. Full of useful facts and underlying knowledge. Good explanations to answer the why and how questions often asked. Great book to dip in and out of when needed

Mrs Hilary Victoria Johnston
Southend Campus, South Essex College
October 10, 2016

Used in planning for EYS science sessions. Students like the format also.

Mr Mark Hainsworth
School of Education, Chester University
September 1, 2015

This book would be useful for the science links to the curriculum on the eYPS course that we are looking at offering. Easy reading so suitable for all learners.

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Early Years Dept, Hopwood Hall College
May 27, 2014

The observation boxes for each subject area have been seen as a good tool to focus the PGCE students.

Mrs Maxine Rushton
School of education, University of East Anglia
February 6, 2014

A good practical text, it includes a range of ideas that could be used with children. I like the observations sections as they provide ideas that could be undertake in school.

Mr Paul Purser
Faculty of Education, Birmingham City University
July 2, 2013

Great ideas for science in the early years for our learners

Mrs Ellen Smallbones
Care and Early Years, Tresham Institute
June 27, 2013

This is an excellent book that will give any early years teacher ideas for how to develop many scientific concepts from birth to 5, as well as knowedge of the topics at an adult level, providing theoretical understanding for the teacher.

Mrs Lisa Jeffery
School of Education, Northampton University
February 20, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One

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