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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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Year 4 giraffes have been learning all about electricity during STEM week. They began the week by asking lots of questions about what we would like to know. We then looked at the dangers around electricity and how to stay safe before building our own circuits! Some of us even managed to make our lightbulb turn on and off using a switch! #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore #dcpsgiraffe ... See MoreSee Less

This afternoon Dragons investigated air resistance. We made different sized parachutes, then tested each one to see how long it took to reach the ground. We decided, when going on a parachute jump, a bigger parachute is better! #dcpsdragon #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons designing grips for their shoes today. We talked about friction why it is important. #dcpsdragon #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 loved making their jack in a box as part of our magnets and springs topic #dcpsSTEM #dcpsturtle ... See MoreSee Less

Year one Polar Bears were set a very important task during this weeks STEM week. They were asked to investigate which everyday material would be strong enough to rebuild the Three Little Pigs’ houses to help protect them from the Big Bad Wolf. The children set off on the task of creating four houses for the ‘Three Little Pigs’ using clay, Lego, paper and wooden blocks. They then tested which house was the strongest by using a hairdryer. #dcpspolarbear #dcpsstem

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After investigating height this morning, it was on to surfaces this afternoon and thinking about friction. Dragons had 6 different surfaces for a car to travel on. We thought really carefully about what each surface would do to the distance the car travelled. We were great a fair testing and accurate measuring. We even had another go at practical graphing and made our own bar graph! #dcpsdragon #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

We have continued our hard work this week in STEM measuring the force needed to pull a shoe along different surfaces and thinking about how friction made our job harder! #dcpswhale #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Working scientifically this morning in STEM. Dragons were investigating if changing the height of a ramp changed how far a car travelled. We even had a go at practical graphing to record our results. #dcpsdragon #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 4 Elephants have been investigating Electricity this week in STEM. The children made a circuit to light a bulb then applied their learning to create a human circuit! The children had different roles and had to show how electricity flows. They were so amazing they could even show how adding a switch affected the flow of electricity! #dcpselephant #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

KS1 Science club is back. Today we were investigating which objects would float and which would sink. We were really surprised by some of them, but had some very interesting conversations about what had happened. We even got creative and tried to build boats! #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 Dolphins investigated the effects of air resistance this morning. We created paper spinners and planned our own investigation to test either how the height, amount of paper clips or size affected the time it took for the spinner to reach the ground. #dcpsdolphin #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 have been designing magnetic games and challenging each other to complete them. We had to use our imaginative, rational and resilient muscles the most to complete the maze.
It was tricky but with a bit of teamwork we did it.
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Year 3 investigating the strength of magnets #dcpsSTEM #dcpsturtle ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 has had a great start to our STEM unit of work on magnets and springs. We have begun with magnets and have had lots of wow moments seeing what we can do with them.
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Great collaboration for the Dinos as they thought about push and pull forces and which actions needed which force. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Today the Dinos had great fun playing with toys, all in the name of Science of course! We explored which forces were needed to make toys move. It’s surprised us to learn that everything we move does so because we exert a force on it.
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Year 5 Whales have continued their STEM week today, looking at forces in action while outside. We discussed the forces that made the ball move and discussed if the forces were balanced or unbalance. #dcpswhale #dcpsSTEM #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 Whales have continued their STEM week today, looking at forces in action while outside. We discussed the forces that made the ball move and discussed if the forces were balanced or unbalance. #dcpswhale #dcpsSTEM #dcpslotc #dcpscoreImage attachmentImage attachment

The children in Reception had a great visit from Claire who works for the Esh Group. We explored building materials, how to build safely using bricks, pipes and tubes and also how we have to look after our pipes by only flushing things away that are safe. We have some great resources we are able to borrow and explore to help us understand more. #dcpseyfs #dcpsladybird #dcpsbutterfly #dcpsSTEM ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 are loving STEM week finding out all about forces - magnets and springs. We have had lots of fun carrying out investigations today. First of all we tested materials to see which ones were magnetic. Then we tested different surfaces to see which ones created the most friction. #dcpsturtle #dcpsSTEM ... See MoreSee Less

What’s this? Playing with toys?! Don’t worry it’s all in the name of science. STEM week continues in Dragons this morning. We are investigating which forces we need to use to make the toys work. We are working great as a team! #dcpsdragon #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

This afternoon Dragons went to try out the forces we had learned this morning on our outdoor gym. We found out what we needed to push or pull to make it move. Back in the classroom we made a poster showing what we’d found out. #dcpsdragon #dcpsstem #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

STEM week this week. Dragons thinking about forces and what force we use on objects to make them move. #dcpsdragon #dcpsSTEM ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 have started their STEM Week today - Feel the Force! We have been learning all about gravity and how this affects falling objects. We also found out that each force has a reaction force working in the opposite direction. This afternoon, we used a forcemeter to measure the weight of objects using Newtons. #dcpsdolphin #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 Whales have had a great start to their STEM week, looking at forces in action. We began by looking at gravity and how the force is used to help keep us upright, after this we completed an investigation to measure the force of gravity on different objects by using a Force meter and measuring the force in Newtons. #dcpswhale #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Some more photos from our fantastic trip. #dcpsdragon #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons had a fantastic time at the Great North Museum on Friday. We explored the different galleries with our scavenger hunt, thinking about where different animals lived and how they are suited to those areas. We saw lots of fossils, found out how they were formed and even saw that a T-Rex tooth was as big as a banana! Behaviour was outstanding for the whole trip Mrs Chalmers and I were very proud. Well done! #dcpsdragon #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

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