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On the face of it, the new Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which came into force in September, puts less emphasis on science than the 2008 Framework did.
Instead of having six key areas of learning, there are now three prime areas (Language and communication, Physical development and Personal, social and emotional development). In addition to these, there are four specific areas. As in the previous Framework, the ‘science’ objectives come under Understanding the World (formerly Knowledge and understanding of the World), which is one of the specific areas. However, to take the view that science is less important, and therefore should be sidelined from the early years curriculum, is short sighted and misguided.
Science is a wonderful vehicle for enabling children to develop skills across the curriculum, as all the areas of learning and development at the foundation stage are inter-connected. Through engaging in science activities, children not only learn about the world around them, they also develop key skills in the three prime areas.
To help you to make sense of it all, we have completely revised and updated Science and Technology for the Early Years. All the activities have been revised and updated to ensure that they fit in with best practise.
Assessment forms an integral part of the book and all the activities are linked not only to the new Framework, but also to the National Curriculum for Science in Key Stage 1, thus ensuring a smooth transition to Year 1.
Furthermore, the Framework asks practitioners to provide children with opportunities for playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. Science and Technology for the Early Years provides hundreds of purposeful play activities that will do just that. Free sample pages are available on our website so you can see the clear page layout and how the book can help you implement the new EYFS curriculum.