As of the 26th March 2021, St Helen's CEP School has been awarded with the prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark!
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.
Associate Professor Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “There was never a more important time for primary children to have a high-quality science education. The Coronavirus Pandemic has made everyone aware of the impact of science on our daily lives. Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science
works and keeps us healthy and safe. Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science teaching and learning, even at this challenging time for schools. The profile and quality of science in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
At St Helen's the teaching of Science aims to stimulate a child's curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It introduces methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought in a practical way. Children learn to ask scientific questions, new vocabulary, record and interpret their findings and begin to appreciate how Science affects their lives both now and in the future. Oh and its a lot of fun!
As a school, we all put forward suggestions to answer the statement, 'science is good when...'and from this, we took five key principles when teaching and learning in science, these are:
Explore, excite, simulate, create and discover.
Each lesson, children are encouraged to reflect on the principles.