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Growing scientific minds
Science is all around us, so it’s natural that little minds will seek answers to scientific questions.
At Kidsfirst Northcote, they’ve gone to great lengths to answer many of these questions, by increasing the number of science learning opportunities – much to the children’s delight.
The teaching team has seen one question lead to many more, and much learning had in the process.
What started as an experiment with spring flowers and dye, spurned another experimental process, after one of the children, Santana, queried whether it would work with King Proteas.
Teacher Vicki Sherwood and the children researched experiments on the internet, and then carried them out at the kindergarten. If the experiment did not work as expected, this was an opportune time to hypothesize, why not?
This increased the children's language and literacy skills through research, inquiry and metacognition– thinking about thinking.
The teaching team used higher level thinking language to provide more complex language opportunities for the children.
The children are now viewing other aspects of the programme with a different lens, such as the working mechanics of paddle boats.
Parents and whānau have become involved, with children bringing things from home, like feathers, where they researched which bird they came from.
And this initiative hasn’t gone unnoticed - when ERO visited they commented on the kindergarten’s skilled questioning, and how good it was to see so much science in the programme.
It’s not stopping there. Along with these learning outcomes for children, the Northcote teaching team is moving towards future working theories in a range of curriculum areas.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.
Kidsfirst Northcote are increasing the number of science learning opportunities at kindy.
The children's research and inquiry skills are growing with each experiment alongside the kindy curriculum.