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STEM @ Denbigh CPS

Subject Lead: Mrs Hammill

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in order to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Science is taught under the umbrella of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), in half termly weekly blocks. A cross curricular approach is given to the subject with many opportunities for the children to record their work applying both their scientific understanding, English and Maths skills and other cross curricular subject areas such as DT, Art, Music, PE and Topic. Each block of work covers the knowledge needed to gain a deeper understanding of the Science unit and uses a range of practical enquiry work that supports the working scientifically aspect of the learning. Children learn about the scientists who are important in each particular area of STEM. Through an annual bespoke British Science Week or Engineering Week, the children develop a love for STEM and can understand the careers and jobs associated with these chosen disciplines.

Visits are often arranged to enhance the learning within Science via trips such as to The Discovery Museum, Dove Laboratory, Centre for Life, The Energy Centre and Wallsend Park. Visitors also enhance the Science provision through workshops and talks in school such as Technology Tom, Party animals, Space Dome, local health services and Sustainable Science. The children are also given an opportunity to take part in a whale and dolphin watching trip on board the DFDS Seaways to Amsterdam, here they learn about the different sea creatures on board with the ORCA wildlife officers.

Science also has good links within the community such as other local primary schools through our cluster and secondary schools, as well as colleges, universities and industry. Joint projects and learning take place with many of these partners such as the ICE bridge building, RAF projects and STEMtastic.

We have been recognised as outstanding for Science teaching and learning at Denbigh, having recently re-accredited the Primary Science Quality Mark at Gold level.

To achieve the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM), a key set of principles for good Science teaching were created with input from both the staff and pupils. These are used by staff when planning lessons and also form the basis of lesson observations.

Staff at Denbigh know that good Science occurs in our school when…

  • It is led by the children, interests them and is memorable to them.
  • Children are talking, laughing, engaged and enjoying science through a range of interactive and practical activities.
  • Children are actively involved in their own learning, asking questions, looking for the answers, planning their own investigations and taking risks.
  • Science is differentiated and inclusive with children making progress throughout the lesson and unit.
  • Good quality assessment and Assessment For Learning is used to inform planning and builds on children’s prior learning.

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Kimberly Michaelsen

6 days ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

Year 1 Polar Bear have finished off their DT work yesterday. We created our very own dip using individual recipes. We followed our food hygiene rules and used cutting skills that we had practiced. We all tasted them after and there were some mixed reviews (see video which follows). Well done Polar Bear class!
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7 days ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

Dragons finished their DT unit this week. We have been making windmills. They worked really hard to find out what would make a good structure for the base, what would make good sails and how to design a windmill. It was challenging at times, but everyone made a super windmill! Well done Dragons. #dcpsdragons #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

The tasting session. Cheers! #dcpspanda #dcpsSTEM ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

Year 1 pandas have finished off their DT work this afternoon. We used our recipes to create our very own dip! We followed our food hygiene rules and used our cutting skills from yesterday and the dips were wonderful! We tasted them after and there were mixed results from the children. I think there may be some alterations in the evaluation part tomorrow. Well done panda class!
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7 days ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

Year 4 Giraffes creating a prototype for their inventions. We had a super time! #dcpsSTEM #dcpsgiraffes ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

Year 4 Elephants making prototypes of their inventions. We’ve got some inventors in the making! #dcpsSTEM #dcpselephants ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

The Dinos had a great time this afternoon creating their windmills which they designed last week. They joined, they strengthened, they spun and they all made amazing windmills. Well done Dinos.
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1 week ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

Year 5 have had a great time during DT week learning about bread. We got to try fresh bread from the supermarket then had a go at making a variety of different bread types. From this we designed and made our own, before evaluating our work. We loved designing, making and eating the bread. #dcpsdt #dcpsstem #dcpswhales #dcpsdolphins ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

The Polar Bears have been practising their cutting techniques in preparation for creating their dips tomorrow. They’ve mastered the ‘claw’ and ‘bridge’ today. I can’t wait to see their new skills put into action. Well done Polar Bears! #dcpspolarbears #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

Today Year 1 Pandas practised their chopping skills. We learnt three different ways to cut using knives. Method 1 was ‘The Bridge’ where the children make an arch over round shapes to cut them into halves or quarters. Method 2 was ‘The Claw’ where the children keep the food still using the tips of their fingers and cut into chunks. Method 3 was ‘Fork Secure’ where the children hold the food in place using a fork and then cut using the knives.
I was so impressed with how sensible and safe the children were when using knives. They listened at all times to keep themselves and their friends safe. Well done pandas!
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The Dinos used joining techniques we have learned to make pinwheel sails. By far the most fun we had was seeing them spin in the breeze.
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Helen Davison

Adrianne Turnbull

2 weeks ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

Year 4 Giraffes using the British invention of the Macintosh raincoat to help them design a waterproof boat #dcpsgiraffes #dcpsSTEM ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

Year 4 Elephants working hard to build a reinforced structure using newspaper and tape! Do you think their structures can hold the weight of a dictionary? They’re having so much fun exploring British Inventions for DT this week. #dcpselephants #dcpsSTEM ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Denbigh Community Primary School

The Dinos started their new DT unit this week and are so excited to be making their own windmills. To kick start our week we learned all about windmills and how they are used before exploring how to make a sturdy base. It was really tricky but their resilience showed through. Sadly not many of our structures were very strong but we were able to say what we might be able to do to improve on them.
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