Creative Little Scientists ran from 2011 to 2014. The project received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 289081.

You can find out more about this research by reading the executive summaries:

Creativity in Science and Mathematics Education for Young Children   

Recommendations to Policy Makers and Stakeholders

The text for this web site is drawn and adapted from these project reports.

Key academic papers prepared by researchers at the Open University include:

Cremin, Teresa; Glauert, Esme; Craft, Anna; Compton, Ashley and Styliandou , Fani (2015). Creative little scientists: exploring pedagogical synergies between inquiry-based and creative approaches in Early Years science. Education 3-13, 43(4) pp. 404–419.

Milne, I and Cremin, T. (2016) Creative Exploration in Davies, D. (2016) (2nd edn) Teaching Science Creatively London, Routledge.

You can explore aspects of the project in more detail via the ‘deliverables’ section of the Creative Little Scientists project web site. Here you will find two reports which contain more detailed examples of classroom practice and suggestions for training:

  • Guidelines and Curricula for Teacher Training (D-5.2)
  • Exemplary Teacher Training Materials (D-5.3)

Ways of extending teacher education and professional development are now being developed by the follow-on project Creativity in Early Years Science Education (CEYS). This is developing practical training materials which draw of the findings from the Creative Little Scientists project.

Recommended reading

Comfy Reading

In this great short film year 4 teacher and podcaster David Keyte explains how our research inspired him to introduce 'comfy reading' within his classroom. He explains how this had an immediate positive impact on the class.

The Reading for Pleasure Tree

Find out how the University of Cambridge Primary School have used our research to support reading throughout the school. This research-informed approach has been praised by Ofsted in their recent inspection report. In this account by Aimee Durning their approach is represented as a nurturing Reading for Pleasure Tree.

Joy of reading

In this blog Simon Smith explores how teachers can build community through shared reading. He argues whole class reading can build a sense of ‘belonging, a shared history and experience’. He ends with 7 great tips for reading aloud to your class.

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