1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded education professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Science misconceptions in EYFS

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by tillc, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. tillc

    tillc New commenter

    Hi, I've spent 2 hours googling it and come up with virtually nothing. I need to find one or two misconceptions in science, preferably in EYFS (40-60 months) and preferably related to springtime so that I might be able to address them in my next teaching placement. It's for an assignment. I then need to find ways of addressing them, if you wanted to give me any suggestions, but I'm not asking you to do the whole assignment for me, so even the misconceptions themselves would be a great help. Thanks in advance.
    ChanChan123 likes this.
  2. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    Funnily enough the EYFS doesnt specifically addrees this.
    But, the obvious ones that comes to mind are
    Big things sink
    Metals are magnetic
    All plants need soil to grow.
    You can't balance a long or large plank or block on top of a small one

    Is this the sort of thing you are after?
    tillc, nizebaby and Stiltskin like this.
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Death is the same as hibernation. (We found a dead squirrel and the younger children were convinced it was hibernating, no matter how much the older pupils and I used the term 'dead'. "Yes it is dead, but it wakes up in spring because it's hibernating.")

    Though my class aren't yet sure that if they push someone, that person will fall over and likely hurt themselves!
    tillc likes this.
  4. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Seeds need light to grow.
    tillc likes this.
  5. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    A kilo of feathers is lighter than a kilo of stones - though that's probably for older children [as well as some adults!]
    tillc likes this.
  6. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Actually, OP, you've started a lovely thread, with endless possibilities!
    tillc and ChanChan123 like this.
  7. ChanChan123

    ChanChan123 New commenter

    That water sinks into the ground instead of evaporating is a common one!
  8. StarbuckEducation

    StarbuckEducation New commenter

    Your dinner tummy can be full but pudding tummy still empty. :)
    blue451, nizebaby and tillc like this.
  9. Hi,

    I've worked with my reception class the past 2 years presenting them with foil wrapped objects in the a range of sizes (the smallest being a heavy weight and the largest a balloon) and have asked which of the 5 objects they think might be the heaviest and lightest.
    Some children have the experience to point out that small objects can be heavy but others who don't have many experiences might suggest that the foil wrapped balloon, because of it's size, is going to be the heaviest.
    It's a really fun session and after you've listened to their predictions you can let them handle the foil wrapped objects. The children quickly realise that size doesn't equal weight. 2 of the objects I wrap I also reveal to the children (an easy peel orange and a same size ball) one child pointed out to me that the ball is empty inside but an orange is full of juice etc so began to recognise ideas of mass.
    Anyway, hope this idea is helpful.
  10. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Surely both things happen. Where do you think underground streams and aquifers come from?
  11. tillc

    tillc New commenter

    I really like that one! Thanks
    ChanChan123 likes this.
  12. lizdot

    lizdot New commenter

    Ice will not melt if you put it in the fridge.
    My children have been very puzzled by this!
  13. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

  14. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    But this is actually true.
    I know! ;)
    nizebaby likes this.
  15. ElizaMorrell

    ElizaMorrell Occasional commenter

    I don't understand. Is this not true?
  16. ABCCBA123321

    ABCCBA123321 Occasional commenter

    But if pudding is ice cream or anything chocolate related it just melts to fill in the spaces between the chips you had for dinner.
  17. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    we have had things like does the switch turn the light on or the darkness off?

    Where is the sky at night?

    how about colours? there is that old one about whether children can see blue, etc
  18. ChanChan123

    ChanChan123 New commenter

    I was aiming more for puddles in the playground but will admit I hadn't considered the deeper mechanics of the things you had mentioned.
  19. starmandave

    starmandave New commenter

    Solar System misconceptions include the Sun is solid (lava) the Sun is on Fire (no oxygen in space=no fire possible) the Moon goes away during the day (the moon is often visible in the day!)
    I cover all these and more in my planetarium shows
  20. hs9981

    hs9981 Established commenter

    That two men can have a baby together. :eek:

Share This Page