Emerging Biology in the Early Years: How Young Children Learn about the Living World, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Emerging Biology in the Early Years

How Young Children Learn about the Living World, 1st Edition

By Sue Dale Tunnicliffe


176 pages

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This inspiring text celebrates young children as "emergent biologists" and explains how their natural inquisitiveness and curiosity can be harnessed to increase early understanding of scientific concepts, and so lay the foundations for future learning about the living world.

Full of practical tips, suggested discussion points and hands-on activities, Emerging Biology in the Early Years is a uniquely child-focussed resource. Chapters provide key information on the physical environment, including weather phenomena and soils, plants, animals, and human development, and prioritise the child’s perspective to offer activities which are in line with their natural development, thereby provoking discussion, problem-solving, and child-led investigation. From planting seeds, to classifying rocks, flowers and animals, to understanding growth processes, and recognising anatomical features, the book takes a holistic approach to science which moves beyond the confines of the curriculum and the classroom and shows how biology can be taught in a fun, engaging and inexpensive way both at home and in the early years setting.

Providing a rich collection of ideas, activities, and downloadable sheets, this will be an invaluable resource for early years practitioners and parents looking to develop young children’s scientific skills and understanding.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Beginning to learn about the living world

Chapter 2: Learning about ourselves

Chapter 3: Other animals

Chapter 4: Learning about plants

Chapter 5: Observing changes in living things

Chapter 6: Naming living things

Chapter 7: Earth science: rocks, soil, weather and habitats

Chapter 8: Interactions between physical science and living things


About the Author

Sue Dale Tunnicliffe is a Reader in Science Education, a biologist, former teacher, and a researcher at the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK.

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