Starting Inquiry-based Science in the Early Years. Look, talk, think and do

Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
Published 2015 | Routledge | 174pages

This book builds on the inherent curiosity and problem solving of young children as they move forward in their scientific thinking.

Young children are intuitive scientists. This book builds on their inherent curiosity and problem solving as they move forward in their scientific thinking. Science develops from early beginnings and a solid foundation in the early years is essential for their future learning and engagement with the subject. Starting Inquiry Based Science in the Early Years shows you how you can support children’s emerging scientific skills by working with them and scaffolding their inquiries as they experiment, hypothesise and investigate building on their natural curiosity.

Full of practical advice, it offers a wide range of scientific activities that can be carried out in partnership with young children. Each activity presents a challenge for the child to solve by thinking and talking through their ideas and then carrying out their own investigations. This invaluable guide focuses on helping children to follow their own line of inquiry and supporting them in mastering the skills and vocabulary they need in order to do this. Features include:

  • An explanation of the key skills children need to acquire and practical ideas for developing these;
  • Useful lists of relevant vocabulary and everyday resources;
  • Cue questions to encourage children’s thinking skills;
  • Cross-curricular links to show how the activities support early literacy and mathematics.

Providing a rich bank of resources for promoting scientific experiences and learning, this highly practical book will help you ensure that the children in your care have the strong foundations they need to become confident, successful scientists in the future.

Early Years
Early Years; schoolification; emergent scientific literacy