Science is a compulsory school subject in UK schools until at least the end of GCSE level. This is because it plays such a key role in a child’s academic journey and can eventually lead to some fantastic career options for young people, from medicine and engineering to forensics and psychology. With that said, parents are often keen for their children to perform well in science-related subjects, but this is often easier said than done. You can start by helping your child become interested in science from a young age, as explored below by a pre-school in New York.
Try and show your child how prevalent science is in our everyday lives. If they become familiar with the subject from a young age, in normal conversation, it will likely feel less intimidating to them in their lessons. You could chat to them about how the engine of your car works next time you’re on a drive, or how our immune systems help us recover from illnesses. Even discussing the weather and what causes the rain or thunder is a good place to start. Mealtimes are a great opportunity for family discussions about these kinds of topics.
There are plenty of documentaries available to watch that can help your child learn about things like global warming or animals in different countries. Safe science experiments at home are also a great way to teach your child that it can actually be quite a fun subject. You probably have plenty of regular household items in your cupboard that you could use as part of an experiment. For younger children, water play is a fantastic way for them to learn about which items sink, float or absorb the water and become soggy.
If you’re struggling to find ways to incorporate science into your everyday activities, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teachers for some support. They will be able to share some information about the curriculum and maybe suggest some age appropriate games and learning resources that you could look into.