In Foundation Stage, the heart of what we do is based around enquiry, focusing specifically on the children’s interests in order to encourage curiosity and develop the love of learning.
Enquiry-based learning starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios rather than simply presenting established facts or sharing knowledge. Teachers act as facilitators, asking questions to help develop thinking and to encourage problem solving. The children identify issues and develop questions. This is very closely related to the development and practice of thinking skills.
In FS2, after spending a week discussing the sea and the different types of animals we find in water, the children had an opportunity to explore some real fish. This was a stimulating and exciting experiences for the children and allowed them to enquire about different aspects of sea creatures that they had not previously thought of. The experience also allowed for greater development of vocabulary and an opportunity and desire to use their communication and language skills.