Switched on Science in the Early Years

Harness curiosity and develop early scientific skills

Use a play-based approach to develop scientific skills while addressing the Early Years Framework and give children a strong foundation in Science.  

  • Promote thoughtful, well-planned learning through play and encourage children to learn mainly through independent choice.
  • Engage young learners with 18 units, each containing an introductory activity, followed by a choice of focussed explorations and free-flow explorations. 
  • Encourage scientific thought and discussion with classroom posters. 
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What's included?:

The Teacher's Guide contains 18 units:

  • Introductory activities, focussed exploration activties and free-flow activities.
  • Resource list for each unit.
  • A clear list of useful websites and books for further learning.
  • Key vocabulary lists.
  • Home-science links taking science beyond the classroom.
  • Health and safety information.
  • 'I wonder...' statements to scaffold dialogue between practitioner and child.

6 bright and beautiful posters for your classroom walls

Accompanying digital resources are available online at My Rising Stars. For each year group these include:

  • Teaching Powerpoints.
  • Downloadable posters.
  • Early Learning Goals chart to map characteristics of effective learning.
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