Your child will be beginning to conduct their own scientific experiments in a bid to increase their understanding of the world around them.

7-8 year olds will increase their knowledge of how things live, grow and change

Now that your child can identify living things, they will be fascinated with exactly how they came to be alive. They will love watching seeds grow and it’s a great idea to get them involved in the garden. 

7-8 year olds conduct step by step investigations

Children of this age will be able to follow a list of instructions to find a solution to a problem. They will be comfortable using a range of equipment to help find solutions, including measuring cups, rulers and thermometers. They will also be learning about “a fair test” where two or more objects are gathered and a change in conditions is made to one object in order to see what impact the change has. An example of this is where two seeds are planted and just one is watered.


7-8 year olds are using lots of different skills as they develop

Your child will be learning the skills of questioning, predicting, collecting, recording data, testing and examining patterns. Opportunities should be given to children to allow them to practice and develop these skills.

7-8 year olds will ask more complex questions

The more a 7 to 8 year old child begins to investigate, the more questions they will begin to have. Try to avoid answering your child in such a way that puts an end to their curiosity and creative thinking.It’s more important for a child this age to know how to find the answer than just be told what the answer is.

7-8 year olds use of tools to collect data

A child of this age will make use of equipment to aid in their investigations. They will be fascinated by thermometers, rulers, clocks and magnifying glasses to make their observations and gather data.

7-8 year olds have lots of questions about the moon and the sun

One of the biggest indicators that children are developing scientific thinking is when they begin to realise that they are not always centre of the universe and begin to consider the world around them. Many children are fascinated with the moon and will have lots of questions about how it rises in the sky, where it goes during the day and what stars are. This curiosity is developed in school when they learn about the solar system.

7-8 year olds are developing an awareness of simple forces

A child this age will learn how movement can be changed by pushing or pulling and will begin to understand “when they throw the ball harder it will move faster”.

7-8 year olds understand that water changes form

Children of this age will know that water changes form when influenced by heat and will know the forms of water (liquid and solid, not usually gas). They won’t however, understand the process involved.
 
Read more about scientific milestones for 9-10 year olds here

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