Anfield's critical formula
Held in March, the first Anfield International Kindergarten Science Fair had its eureka moments.
Over 500 people attended the two-day event, with the campus opened up to showcase presentations by the 3-4 year-old students. Given the school's focus on innovation and creativity, the event was an important occasion for Anfield's faculty, who were given the chance to see the fruits of their labour and talk with parents about their curriculum.
'The Science Fair gave teachers an opportunity to think and interpret the curriculum in a fresh way - calling upon all they know about recent research into brain development and metacognition,' say Denise Jarrett, principal of Anfield's Kowloon Tong campus. 'It showed [parents] how critical thinking, hypothesising, testing and observing had a high profile in our curriculum planning.'
To promote self-reliance, the fair let the students present by themselves, thus giving them opportunity to demonstrate not only the calibre of their work and thinking, but also their ability to explain the processes and outcomes.
'Science is firmly embedded in our curriculum. We're focused on the skills of questioning, testing and reasoning, so science is taught more as a way of thinking, rather than a body of knowledge,' Jarrett says. 'For me, the best part was seeing the children debating and 'arguing' with conviction. This is precisely what is needed for them to become critical thinkers.'