Science and Discovery
The Winchmore Hill Preschool’s motto is Explore | Discover | Create | Learn. We believe that all of life is a discovery, and a deep-seated desire to understand and improve. Our humanity drives us to ask, “why?” As soon as a child understands that something is, because it is, the child wants to know “why?” Why is the sky blue instead of green? Why can’t we fly? Why do you like to drink wine daddy? Why do I have to go to bed? Here we are engaging the child as scientist, naturalist and philosopher.
The Science and Discovery element of our curriculum happens as much in Music and Sports as it does in the Science and Discovery Studio as we take an holistic approach to all of our work with children. Our curriculum focuses on developing problem solving skills that encompass all areas of learning. We use an age appropriate scientific method to help children design experiments to test theories and hypothesis. We use the Socratic method of asking children to answer the questions themselves, while helping them understand where to get answers.
The Science and Discovery Studio is a safe place to do messy and smelly experiments. We can build volcanoes and rivers. We can make a model village and work out how many houses will fit in a street. We can work to understand the lifecycle of a butterfly and watch them hatch. And please don’t forget Chemistry. Children love mixing elements, using heat as a catalyst and eating yummy bread that they have made themselves.