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Why Teach Science?

Statement:

Stoke Minster C.E (A) Primary School understands the need for all pupils to develop their Scientific ability as an essential component of all subjects and as a subject in its own right. A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. It involves a systematic study of the natural and physical world, leading to the drawing of conclusions. It is important to build upon the natural curiosity, awe and wonder that children have and to encourage them to embrace this, through techniques such as open questioning. Children should be provided with opportunities to develop their existing understanding through a range of experiences, such as practical experimentation and investigation, in order to open their minds to the social and cultural aspects of the world around them.

Aims:

At Stoke Minster C.E (A) Primary School we believe science is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability.

Pupils at Stoke Minster agree that science is going well at our school when:

  • We want to find out more.
  • We think and talk about our ideas.
  • We ask questions to investigate.
  • We decide what we need and how to do it ourselves.
  • Teachers don’t use words that are too tricky for us.
  • We can explain what we have done clearly.

British Science Week 2021

Well things were a little different this year but we still kept the Science flag flying!!

YEAR 6

In Year 6, on the Friday launch of Science Week, got involved at home and at school. They focussed on where plastic comes from; how to identify different types of plastic using a branching key and the importance of re-cycling single-use plastics.

Potterbot

They then got totally excited as they made a scribblebot (POTTERBOT) from resources given to us by Science Across the City. The Curiosity project boxes enabled 60 Y6 to design and build a scribblebot which they then thought about how to turn into a learning machine and considered how they would need to create algorithms to control it.

During this week, Y6 also attended a virtual event by Severn Trent. The fabulous Leanne, told them all about what should and shouldn’t be put down the toilet and the household sink. It was such an informative and engaging session with songs, visual displays, props and video footage of a water cleaning plant. Would totally recommend the sessions! They also learned about how Leanne had got into working there and how she had progressed to the role she has today- so a bit of careers for good measure!

Stoke Minster Primary School Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

In May 2021 334 Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate their commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 4000 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.   

The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science leadership, teaching and learning.  

 

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.” 

 

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The Great Science Share 2021

On 15th June, we once again joined Manchester University’s Great Science Share event. The Great Science Share for Schools is the award-winning campaign that invites 5-14 year olds to share their own scientific questions and investigations, to raise the profile of science in schools and communities, and inspire young people into science and engineering. We had great fun thinking up our questions which were on the whole to do with our Science unit this term of Evolution and Inheritance. Now we are sharing our questions, research and findings with you!! You will find them on our Y6 page Enjoy, Mrs M x

Ibn-Al-Haytham

We are excited to continue to engage children in science and celebrate diversity with the 1001 Inventions Ibn Al-Haytham School Programme. Funded by The Ogden Trust and supported by The Ogden Trust Regional Representatives, this new programme offers teachers the opportunity to organise exciting sessions introducing basic concepts of physics to their students. While sessions highlight discoveries from the past, they link themes of science, history and culture to present the relevance to daily lives and relay a positive message of diversity, aimed to unite and inspire children.

Some fantastic examples of work from our Ibn Al-Haytham project and our free posters have made a fabulous time-line of Islamic Civilisation. Certainly brightened up the ‘Arctic Corridor’!

Y6 Light Investigation

As part of our Ibn-Al-Haytham work Year 6 did a light investigation enquiry. We asked and investigated questions to help us further explore this topic.

CSCI

Another award-this time a personal one for Mrs Mikalauskas. She has been awarded Chartered Science Teacher Status in 2020. CSciTeach is a chartered mark recognising excellence in science teaching and learning. Gaining CSciTeach demonstrates her commitment to the profession and Science teaching in particular. Here she is pictured with local colleagues who like Mrs M, are also Science Influencers for Science Across the City (SATC)

Science and raising aspiration

The saying, "If she can't see it, she can't be it," speaks to the importance of introducing girls to female role models, especially in areas where women's accomplishments were often overlooked or minimized such as in science, mathematics, and technology. The posters that we have displayed in the corridor aims to bring more of these women's stories to light, spark interest— and inspire today's Minster Girls with the knowledge that she can be whatever she aspires to be! To find out more about these female Science pioneers visit: https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=23086

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PSQM Award 2019

What an achievement! Our school was awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM)  Award. The award celebrates the quality of science teaching and learning in our school. The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has identified the PSQM as an important process for developing quality science teaching and learning in primary schools. Here is Mrs Burgess picking up the award at JCB on the school’s behalf. We are now on the journey towards PSQM Gilt!

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Careers Award

Congratulations to Stoke Minster for receiving the award of OUTSTANDING for their work on primary careers which brings together the STEM science and career capital work that has been going on in school over the past few years.

 

Careers

Space Week /Science Week 2019

Space week was officially launched to the whole school on Friday 4th October, with an inspiring NASA video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAuxvVBMykI.  Already there was great excitement from teachers and pupils alike for the following week’s events. Parents were then engaged too, through a menu of whole school homework challenges.

Monday through to Friday saw a flood of exciting projects arrive: numerous decorated space-themed cakes and biscuits as well as alien masks, orreries and rockets. Every class also participated in cross-curricular Space lessons from Science and Art, through to Computing and Literacy.

Pupil feedback showed that Space Week had a huge impact on pupils in terms of new learning across many curriculum areas, engagement, aspiration and without a doubt was great fun!

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Vocabulary

Vocabulary is a really important element to instill in children as early as possible. Without it communication is so difficult. Saying that specific vocabulary for subjects is also important to enable children to communicate effectively in academic areas. Please find attached the vocabulary requirements for all years. As a parent it's nice to be aware so you can challenge your child and help them develop. You never know if your child will be the next Einstein!

Encouraging Children to work Scientifically

In order for primary school children to operate as successful scientists, they should be taught a wide range of essential enquiry skills. These skills should build upon earlier opportunities they have had to play, explore, create, engage in active learning, and think critically in the Early Years Foundation Stage. These symbols have been designed by our staff in order to clearly show which enquiry skills the pupils are developing and will be used from Y1-Y6.

Science ‘Family’ Homework.

At Stoke Minster, we believe that it is important that children realise that science is so much more than a school subject.  

Young children are born scientists. Every time they make mud, build a block tower, or examine a leaf, they are investigating how the world works and building critical-thinking skills. You can play an important role in helping to encourage your child’s scientific investigations. You don’t have to know the “right answer” to help your child learn science. You can build on children’s natural curiosity by asking questions and looking for answers together. 

Our ‘family’ Science homework is designed to enable you and your child to explore together.  

Click here to see our Rube Goldberg work
Click here to see our Nature Walk work

Useful Links

Why not use this website to explore future careers opportunities that are linked to science?

 https://nustem.uk/primarycareers/ 

A helpful link:

https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/education-skills/teacher-resources-and-opportunities/resources-for-teachers/resources-why-science-is-for-me/

There are many more useful websites for science which can be found on the Parents & Pupil pages. 

 

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