At Minety School, we aim to prepare our children for their future with a “hands –on”, inquiry-based science curriculum that enables them to confidently explore and discover the world around them. We will motivate and actively engage our children, to nurture and grow their curiosity. Core scientific
knowledge and skills is taught through direct teaching, experimentation and exploration. Our intent is for all our children to be life- long learners who are: inquisitive, independent thinkers, confident to ask ‘Big Questions’ and who are well prepared for their future in the ever changing world. We also aim to
give the children an understanding of STEM career paths, and how to follow them. This will enable them to make informed choices as they move through their education.
We are committed to creating a positive, safe and nurturing Christian environment, where all members of the
school community will be respected and valued and SHINE. By SHINE in Science we mean children:
- Sparkle by having an awareness of how science can change our world for the better.
- Help – developing scientific ways to help each other and our planet.
- Imagine how science can help us to create a better future.
- Nurture our planet – understanding environmental science and the development of new technology and science to support our world.
- Excel by developing a strong scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding.
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Here are a collection of the science activities that the classes and the science club have been participating in as part of their learning.
Class 5 have been making circuits from copper wire and led lights for interactive Christmas cards as part of their topic on Electricity.
Class 5 has been making and investigating electrical circuits. They made a switches from paper clips and tested the conductivity of various items.
Class 3 have been investigating the properties of materials as part of their Muck, Mess and Mixtures topic. They had fun considering the question "Which ball is the bounciest?".
Class 3 have been investigating the properties of materials as part of their Muck, Mess and Mixtures topic. They investigated whether wax was waterproof.
Class 3 have been investigating the properties of materials as part of their Muck, Mess and Mixtures topic. They considered the question "Which material is the most absorbent?".
Class 5 have been considering the states of matter. When looking at liquids they considered the question "Are all liquids runny?"
Class 5 have been considering the states of matter. When looking at gases they considered the question "Can moving air make a ping ball hover?"
Class 1 made apple crumbles to cook and eat as part of their autumn topic.
Class 1 have been learning about autumn and the changing of the seasons. They learnt about what happens to trees and animals in autumn and painted trees in autumn colours.
2019 - 2020
Class 3 had fun with balloons in science.
We had a wonderful time when the Skinny Jean Gardner visited and the whole school got involved with planting seeds.
Theme Week - Mellow Meadow Lands
During our theme week we all helped 'No Added Sugar' to paint a meadow land mural in the shared area.
Class 5 have been investigating the properties of rocks.
Class 5 have been investigating the properties of mystery samples as part of their Alchemy Island topic.
2018 - 2019
2019 ENTHUSE Celebration awards
At the link below read about 2019 ENTHUSE Celebration awards which recognized the best in UK STEM teaching where our Mrs Madeley was awarded the 2019 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Primary for the South of England and Wales region and the Malmesbury Partnership was awarded the ENTHUSE Partnership of the year.
In June 2019 Class 4 went to a science afternoon at Malmesbury to present their learning on Bees.
Garry Packer came in to school to talk to us about keeping bees.
Due to Coronavirus the Science Club is not currently active but here are some some of the activities that the club has done in previous years.
2019 - 2020
Gary from Highways England came in to present certificates to the winners of the 2019-2020 science club poster competition.
This is the press release from Highways England about our recent trip
We had a wonderful visit to the Highways Agency in Bristol where we visited the control room and learnt about what they kept in the vehicles to use when they are out on the road. We also constructed robots and gave them instructions.
We had a lovely afternoon with the Highways Agency learning about building bridges.
2018 - 2019
Science club members from Year 5 and Year 6 had a visit from the Highways Agency and learnt about building bridges. They also visited the Highways Agency in Bristol.