Knowledge of science
The learning and teaching of science in primary at Mougins School places an emphasis on scientific investigations and practical activities which are based on real world scenarios. The science curriculum we deliver fosters a healthy curiosity in our pupils about the universe, inspires enquiring minds and stimulates discussion and investigation. We ensure that the skills taught are built-on and developed so that our students can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts.
Here are some of the activities we have done in Key Stage 2:
Activities in Year 3
Pupils in Year 3a developed their own exciting activities on the theme of Magnetism for a science fair whereby they had to first learn, through investigations, how magnets behave before running their own exhibits and coming up with scientific questions and explanations to really get their visitors thinking. A big thank you to Mrs Bearman, Mrs Moon and pupils in Year 3b for being such willing visitors to our science fair and patient listeners!
Investigation in Year 4
In Year 4, the pupils showed very good inquiry skills when they improved an investigation that they had carried out in class on ‘States of Matter’. Kindly the secondary school science department lent us the equipment that we needed for our modified investigation.
Year 5 sundial
Year 5 went outside with a sundial they made in class so that they could then plot shadows to demonstrate the movement of the sun. They did this a number of times to collect information and used this to make predictions regarding length and position of shadows for other times of the day.
Year 6 experiments
Recently, Year 6 classified organisms. As a part of this, they studied microorganisms, including mould and fungus. To see how useful fungus can be, they experimented with yeast. Firstly, they saw how yeast releases carbon dioxide when it feeds on sugar and starch by making bread dough. The children loved kneading their dough and watching it rise! Next, Year 6 performed an experiment to see how variables affect how much carbon dioxide is released by yeast using test tubes and balloons.