Curiosity in the Early Years
Children are naturally curious and for that we are very thankful in the EYFS because it facilitates their learning. When children are interested and curious about something they tend to learn so much faster. It also makes them natural inquirers on which we can base our program of learning. So what are these young children so curious about and how do we stimulate and guide this curiosity to achieve more learning? Anything can actually trigger their curiosity; a strange object in the sandpit, a bug that landed on a table or a new person walking around in our area. The birds building a nest in the lights is something that quite a few children were looking at recently; what are they doing, why are they building there? How do they make a nest? A perfect learning experience based on the children’s own curiosity, they were ready to inquire! In Nursery’s current unit of inquiry, the children were very curious about what different people do in our school community. We went around the school asking different members of staff what they were doing, a perfect opportunity for the children to find out more about the world around them while satisfying their curiosity. This week the children walked past the Poetry Tree and immediately they started asking questions about it. Why are there papers in the tree? What is a poem? So after answering their questions, we read some of the poems and discovered a lot of them had rhyme in them. Some more excellent learning! In Reception, the children are learning about each other’s home country, every time a child presents their country you can feel their curiosity in the room. The children try new food and look at the amazing projects while they learn about their classmates’ cultures. So we can safely say; curiosity is at the heart of learning in the EYFS area!