Supervised By: Dr Juliette Wilson-Thomas & Sean Mitchell (EYFS Leader at The Divine Mercy RC Primary School) in collaboration with the Lab0_6 team at The University of Manres, Spain; Lemkow-Tovias Gabriel, Montserrat Pedreira, Silvia Mampel, Jordi Cantons, Carla Quesada, Imma Brugarolas and Jordi Cantons.
In this project we will be creating and piloting interactive activities to engage children with scientific thinking and investigation from the earliest years. The project will recognise that very young children are capable actors in observing, exploring and experimenting with the world as they experience it, and that this activity inherently develops their scientific capabilities. Our activities will there seek to scaffold and enhance this natural impulse – creating installations which invite curiosity and exploration, and therefore develop scientific thinking. Our aim is to provide contexts for exploration and observation, and hope that children go away with more questions which they wish to pursue
As an EdLab student, you will take the central role of developing, piloting and refining activities. In doing so, you will work in partnership with Lab 0-6 – a project embedded in the University of Manresa in Spain – which has developed particular expertise in developing these kinds of activities, and have created a science-facility based on these principles. Associate Professor Lemkow-Tovias will offer guidance and input via Skype throughout the project. Locally, you will work with Sean Mitchell, the unit leader of a local Foundation Stage unit which has recently been awarded ‘outstanding’ status by OFSTED. Sean is keen to sustain and expand this excellence through partnership with the academic community. This project is therefore an exciting opportunity to gain international and hands-on experience in early years education which will have lasting impact on local children.
Through this project, you will gain direct experience of science education. You will also explore rights-based approach to early years education, in which children are viewed as important and intelligent agents in their own lives, rather than in terms of their deficits and lack of knowledges. Under these principles, the activities designed, and the approach of adults, is to support and extend the capabilities of children.
This project will particularly appeal to students wishing to work with young children, but does not require any kind of scientific expertise.