Science enjoys a high profile at Mullaloo Beach PS. We recognise that Australia needs students to pursue learning in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. We are committed to developing a love of learning in all these areas.
We have a dedicated Science teacher who teaches an hour and a half of Science to all students from year one to year six. Lessons take place in our modern Science lab.
Science programs cover one of the four content strands each term – Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences. Planning, conducting, analysing and discussing Science Investigations is an integral part of each program. Our students are encouraged to become critical thinkers and use their growing knowledge to back up the ideas they form about the world.
Science lessons use the Primary Connections program as their basis and are very “hands on.” The program emphasises the 5 E’s approach to learning; Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. 5 E’s follows the research that students build or construct new ideas on top of their existing ideas.
Teachers work with the Science Teacher to plan, teach and assess at least one STEM program during the year. These STEM programs are closely linked to real world issues and designed to be highly engaging for the students.
We encourage our students to excel and Mullaloo Beach PS has had students reach the finals of the STAWA (Science Teachers Association of WA) Science Investigation competition for the last three years. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their interests in Science through a competition with a range of categories to suit a wide variety of abilities and interests. The Science Talent Search also provides students with an opportunity to expand their scientific literacy, by showing interest and understanding in the world around them and engaging in discussions about Science.
Year six Mullaloo Beach student, Daisy Stockley was also nominated as Science Student of the Year for her science investigation into the speed of rip currents in the ocean. Entries were assessed on scientific thought, originality and creativity and communication. Mullaloo Beach Primary School was nominated as the Science School of the Year by Science Teacher’s Association of WA (STAWA) for their entries into the Science Talent Search Competition. MBPS had finalists in the categories of Science Photography and Science Investigations.
This is the third year that Mullaloo Beach has had finalists in the STAWA Science Talent Search competition.