Terrific Scientific in Year 4

Are you a super taster?

Super tasters experience bitter tastes more strongly than other people; this is because they have a higher number of taste receptors within fungiform papillae, the big pink bumps on your tongue which contain your taste buds, enabling you to taste sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. By counting the number of fungiform papillae, you will be able to determine whether you are a super taster, taster or non taster.

In Year 4 this week they have been Terrific Scientists by looking at taste buds. They have enjoyed dying their tongues blue with food colouring and then using a hole in a piece of black paper they have counted how many taste buds they each had using magnifying glasses.

The results from their experiment have been submitted, so that the class can take part in a live science lesson next week !