15 December 2022

Science

Science at Mithian...

At Mithian we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life.  We provide our children with weekly Science lessons reflecting the prominent position the teaching and learning of Science deserves as one of the core subjects in the curriculum.

In line with the national curriculum aims we provide our children with the opportunity to understand the world through biology, chemistry and physics – developing both scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines.  We build on our children’s scientific knowledge and skills so that they are able to do more, know more and remember more using progression of skills.  We develop their understanding of nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

We teach our children essential aspects of knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science reflecting how Science is used and impacts our lives today, how it has changed our lives in the past and its key position in the future.  Children at Mithian are taught to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and also to analyse causes.

Children are given opportunities to explore nature, processes and methods of Science (working scientifically) as part of learning biology, chemistry and physics content – this is not taught as a separate strand it is embedded within.  Pupils experience a range of scientific enquiry – observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying, classifying and grouping, comparative and fair testing, and researching using secondary sources.

In our EYFS class children have the opportunity to find out about and learn about the world they live in.  These experiences include exploring the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants, knowing some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, understanding changes in the natural world around them including the seasons and changing states of matter, managing their own basic  hygiene and personal needs including dressing, going to the toilet  and understanding the importance of  healthy  food choices.

Science Week

At Mithian we run a Science Week; where possible this is run annually.  This includes an investigation which the whole school complete and is then moderated by teachers across the school.  This shows progression throughout school.  Past Science Week whole school investigations have been ...

What are the best conditions to grow plants in?

Which is the worst plastic bag for Lift Off to use to carry presents in? 

Do all boats sink with the same number of pennies? 

Do all meteorites make the same size crater?  

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What is a Scientist?

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Lift Off (With Flag)

What type of Scientist are you?

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Wheal Martyn Clayworks- Whole School Visit

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Who can be a Scientist?

It is important for the children to understand the various routes and diverse career opportunities within the STEM industries. For example, we constantly remind children what a scientist is ... that scientists are not old men in white coats but young women, students and anyone with a curiosity about the natural world.

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Our previous whole school visits...

Science Week is an opportunity for an already prominent subject within our curriculum at Mithian to have the spotlight increased on it.  Often we organise whole school trips to enhance the children's Science learning and allow them to make greater connections with Science in industry and real life for example we've run trips to The Eden Project, Wheal Martyn Clayworks and Teagles Machinery.    

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