Science at Mount Pleasant Primary provides children with opportunities to carry out child-led investigations enabling them to answer open ended questions which encourage children’s curiosity, open-mindedness, critical reflection, perseverance and co-operation. They will develop skills and gain understanding of science concepts through firsthand experience and practical work.
- Through effective teaching of science we aim to:
- Develop inquisitive learners
- Provide resources that enable children to plan and carry out tests/investigations
- Enable a deep and lasting interest through providing exciting and enjoyable experiences.
- Build children’s self confidence to enable them to work independently and develop their social skills to work cooperatively with others.
- Provide children with a progressive understanding of scientific ideas.
- Encourage children to sustain an enriched bank of vocabulary through revisiting and building upon scientific concepts.
- Prepare children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
Pupils will be given opportunities to:
- Develop their understanding through a systematically enquiry approach through both first hand and secondary sources.
- Present information in a variety of ways including drawings, diagrams, tables and charts in speech and writing; at key stage 2 pupils should also use standard units of measurement and include graphs to record and present information.
- Use ICT to collect, store, retrieve and present scientific information.
- Consider and evaluate scientific ideas and the evidence for them.
- Collect evidence to test scientific ideas in a variety of ways.
- Find out about scientific ideas and theories based upon famous scientists from past or present.
- Consider health and safety in the context of their science work and take action to control risks
Some of the memorable experiences provided for the children are science based.
Year 1: Yorkshire Wildlife Park visit (animals.)
Year 2: Messy morning (materials and their properties.) Zoolab, (living things and their habitats.)
Year3: Yorkshire Wildlife Park (animals including humans.) A visit to Sainsbury, (healthy food choices.)
Year 4: Making a large working model of the digestive system and carrying out an investigation on how to brush their teeth properly.
A visit to the Blue Planet aquarium (learning about different species of marine life and their environments.)
Year 5: Planetarium Dome (earth and space.) School garden visit, (plants and animals.)
Year 6: Dissecting a sheep’s heart. Investigating icebergs, (looking at properties of materials.)
In Spring 2 term we also have a whole school science day. Each year group do a variety of investigations, with a full practical approach.
Science Day - Diversity at Mount Pleasant Primary School!
Tickle your taste buds!
Are you a supertaster? Supertasters experience bitter tastes more strongly than other people; this is because they have a higher number of taste receptors. Year 3 have been investigating how their sense of taste compares to the rest of the nation.
Journey to Antarctica
In year 4 children worked collaboratively to plan their trip to Antarctica. The journye entailed notoriously turbulent seas, where cross currents, high winds and ice were a constant threat. The entire journey was fraught with danger! Having planned their journey well they were able to witness diverse wildlife along the way.
What makes you unique?
Year 5 investigated whether everybody's body was the same. Through their observations they found that although their bodies were alike in some ways, there was no one else in the world who looked quite the same as them. Their conclusion was: everyone is different but that's what makes them unique!
Cargo ships have been around for thousands of years, transporting goods around the world. In this investigation, children built boats and investigated which material was best suited to do the job.