How can teachers harness the power of STEM education and learning in the primary curriculum? This book gives practical STEM ideas for the classroom and supports teachers to make the most of opportunities for rich STEM experiences across the primary curriculum. This book:  – Explores the nature of STEM education and why it matters  – Highlights the opportunities for STEM learning across the curriculum  – Supports teachers to design and innovate engaging STEM learning experiences  – Includes a chapter on STEM in the early years.

STEM in the early years

STEM in the early years
Eleanor Hoskins

The foundations of formal learning begin in the early years, and this is where we can sow the seeds of systematic exploration and investigation. In the early years, children need opportunities to follow their own independent paths of curiosity and develop an understanding of investigation through trialling ideas. Continuous provision, where learning is ‘continued’ in the absence of an adult, provides many opportunities for key independent learning through trial and improve. Such trial-and-improve explorations and investigations, when linked to the world around us, can ignite an ongoing interest in STEM and lay firm foundations for future formal teaching and learning.


In this chapter, STEM subjects within early years ...

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