Last Thursday and Friday we celebrated World Science Day for Peace and Development throughout EYFS and the Primary School. The day was a huge success, with students being able to take part in many different science experiments, projects and discussions. While this was a special day, dedicated to developing a love of science it is important that students realise that SCINCE IS EVERYWHERE! We can help out kids make real world connections to science and ignite a spark of curiosity that may lead them to a career in a science-related field.
Have you considered how can you promote science at home? Encourage scientific thinking and provide science opportunities for your child. Model curiosity. It is the most essential trait of a scientist. Ask questions and express an interest in finding out more about what you notice and read. See if you can find out answers to questions by trying things out.
Some questions lend themselves better to casual experiments than others, such as "Will seeds in the fruits and vegetables we eat grow?" Others require consulting a resource such as books, the Internet or experts. It's most important to communicate the idea that you can find out answers to your own questions, and that the most reliable answers are the ones you find through your own experiments because you don't have to take someone else's word for it.
Promote an interest in science by:
- Visiting a the Copernicus Museum, Warsaw Zoo or the botanical gardens
- Gardening together
- Building something together such as a solar cooker or a windmill
- Watching science programs on television such as Zoom, Beakman's World, Bill Nye: The Science Guy, or Mythbusters
- Purchasing or borrowing books from a library on topics that interest your child
Children are naturally very curious and poke their noses into every situation—it is hard to find a child who doesn’t ask questions on a constant basis. Children tend to be naturally curious and learn best through hands-on experience, which makes it important to focus lessons around things that they can see, hear, touch, taste and smell. So many everyday things can be approached from a scientific stance. You can take any subject that your children are interested in and show them it can be fun to learn!
Head of Primary School