Lets face it- kids love science and naturally have enquiring minds. Make sure you encourage your child’s interest in the world around them, to ask questions about what they see, and to carry out simple investigations and experiments to help them find the answers. Don’t just tell them; have fun together finding out. Science is not just about knowing the facts; it’s also about developing the skills you need to find answers.
Here are my 5 tips for helping your child with year 1 science
Tip 1: Encourage close observation–Help your child to use a magnifying glass to look closely at animals and plants in the garden or park. Talk about the similarities and difference between the living things that you find and sort them into different groups.
Tip 2: Talk about materials –Discuss the materials that everyday objects are made from, the properties of these materials and why they’re used. Cook together so your child can clearly see how materials change.
Tip 3: Don’t always give the answer – If your child asks you a question about the world around them, don’t always give them the answer straight away ( that’s presuming you know the correct answer!) but encourage them to think about how they might find the answer themselves. Encourage them by asking questions like ‘I wonder what would happen if…?’.
Tip 4: Be a good role-model– Show them you’re interested in the world around you and they will be too. Read science-related books, go to museums and zoos and watch nature programmes together.
Tip 5: Know your stuff! – It’s really important to give your child the right scientific information as research has found that from an early age, children can establish scientific beliefs that have no basis in actual scientific fact. These misconceptions can be so entrenched that they can still be there when the child takes GCSEs and enters adulthood.
Worried that you might confuse your child by giving them the wrong scientific explanations?
Then you need our FREE year 1 science ‘Know your stuff’ one-pager. Stick it on the fridge or the wall and stay ahead of the game! This crib sheet contains a list of scientific questions your year 1 child is likely to ask, and how to answer them, correctly!
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