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Scientific thinking

Young children are naturally curious. They spend much of their time seeking to make sense of the world around them by asking questions, developing hypothesis, experimenting and inquiring.

Through investigation, children develop an enthusiasm for learning and strategies for solving problems as they arise.

As they engage in interest based inquiries, children are:
  • Actively investigating scientific ideas, processes and language in everyday life
  • Exploring relationships, including cause–effect, e.g. “What caused the sand castle to collapse?”, “What happened when you put the rock into the water trough?”
  • Developing strategies for making links between ideas and experiences
  • Reflecting on their discoveries and applying learning to new situations.