Write a reflective account of TWO (2) activities or experiences you have provided in your setting which have promoted children’s understanding of science. Include in your account:
• What you have considered when organising the activities or experiences
• How your activities or experiences helped the children to investigate and understand scientific ideas
• A question you asked to encourage the children to investigate, understand and develop scientific thinking
• Evaluate your effectiveness in implementing the activities or experiences
P7.1 Explain what you considered when organising the activities or experiences
P7.2 Explain how your activities or experiences helped the children to investigate and understand scientific ideas
P7.3 Include a relevant question you asked the children
P7.4 Evaluate how effective you were in implementing the activities or experiences
In my placement I had to plan and provide two different activities to promote children’s understanding of science. I planned both of the activities under the headings: Aim, Learning Outcomes, Resources, Inclusivity/Differentiation, Healthy and Safety, Links to ECM and Links to EYFS. My first activity was called Buttermilk, it was adding vinegar to milk to make plastic; my aim was to get the children to investigate why when you add vinegar to milk it turns to plastic. I wanted the children to ask lots of different questions to show that they are investigating; I would then ask them to see if they have gained some knowledge.
The activity helped the children to investigate because they had never seen a reaction before and they were interested about what was going to happen. The children had a hand on approach by putting the vinegar into the milk; they also smelt the vinegar beforehand. To make the plastic colourful, I got the children to add glitter and food colouring. After I mixed together all of the components as the milk was hot the plastic was formed, after...