Practical exploration, where children physically interact with materials in the environment, can support the development of science knowledge. Emerging cognitive science research suggests that such ‘embodiment’ and multisensory experiences may help to make new ideas more accessible and memorable.
For example, these Reception (age 4-5) children were given the opportunity to explore magnets in a variety of ways (see Learning story for further info). The teacher observed and discussed their findings about magnetic and non-magnetic materials.
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Briar Hill Infant School, Warwickshire