Science supports young children’s understanding of the world by encouraging observation and experimentation. Through a science literacy lens, children develop oral language and working theories as they engage with their environment and gather, evaluate, and interpret their findings.

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ECE Learning Programmes – Te Papa

Te Papa has a range of hands-on educational experiences, led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic education team. There are a range of curriculum-linked learning programmes, which can be tailored for your education environment. Contact the Education team at Te Papa to find out more about how they can help support your programme.

It’s a Bug’s Life: How to help young children do science

Te Papa Tongarewa, in conjunction with three early childhood centres has developed a comprehensive guide on scientific literacy, providing examples of practice, teaching strategies, and resources that align to the Ministry of Education’s five science capabilities. It explains:

“Scientific literacy is essential in today’s society. By enabling young children to investigate the living world, you’ll help them build confidence, broaden their interests, develop scientific thinking skills, and build knowledge” (It’s a Bug’s Life, Te Papa, 2016).