Science Is More Than Mere Facts Essay

1471 Words Aug 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
Science is defined as ‘the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure of behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment’ by the Oxford dictionary (Oxford Dictionary 2015). As an early childhood practitioner, this makes me reflect on what exactly is science and how is it appropriate in the early childhood classroom. I understand that science means different things to different people. Some, like me, regard it as just facts that need to be memorised while others understand it as knowledge, concepts, principles, laws and theories. However, through this module I have come to realise that science is more than mere facts. It plays a crucial part in children’s early learning and more importantly, that it can be fun. In this assignment, thus, I have described a science activity I carried out with my five-year-old children with renewed passion for science. I will be examining the concepts, skills and attitudes the children developed through this activity and the role of the adult, in this case me, and the resources that were used. Besides that, I will also be talking about the strategies that I had used to assess the learning that took place.

Let us now look at the science activity that was carried out. The children were involved in making Yeast-Air Balloons. To boost their excitement, I had termed the activity as Magic Balloon. Each child was given a plastic bottle and a deflated balloon. They…

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