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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 5 also visited Broxfield Farm today. Whilst we were there, we were lucky enough to go on a tractor trailer ride into the fields to learn all about the cows and their life cycles. We then went into the barn to learn about how different crops are grown and produced. We had a go at making our own flour using the flour mills. What a brilliant way to end a fantastic day! #dcpsdolphin #dcpslotc #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

More of Year 5’s visit today. We spent our afternoon exploring the Science Centre and its exhibit - Game On. We loved trying out the retro games especially as we are currently working on creating our own version of Pac Man as part of our computing topic! #dcpsdolphin #dcpsstem #dcpscomputing #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 had a fantastic day at the Centre for Life. We visited the planetarium to learn all about the constellations and the different planets in our solar system, followed by a Destination Space workshop where we took charge of robotic arms and discovered some of the challenges of wearing a spacesuit. We couldn’t believe that astronauts have to wear nappies on a spacewalk! #dcpsdolphin #dcpsstem #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

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Kyle had a fantastic time thank you .

Jordie loved it wants t go back 😁

Mark really enjoyed it

Science club fun this lunchtime in Year 1 and 2. Today’s experiment was Drop the Astronaut. We had to design our rockets, then decide how best to protect the Astronauts for the bumpy ride back to Earth! We could choose bubble wrap, pasta, cotton wool, foil or paper. Our rockets were fabulous, unfortunately some of the Astronauts ‘cracked’ under the pressure. #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

Year 1 had a brilliant week during our final STEM week. We learnt all about; different types of plants and trees, what plants need to grow and how plants give us food. We ended the week by planting our own bean plants. #dcpspolarbears #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons explored the school looking for different plants and flowers. We selected different types, then worked together to create a PicCollage explaining where we found the plants and the different conditions they like to grow in. #dcpsdragons #dcpsstem #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

Today the dinos have been exploring the different conditions in which plants grow. We searched for different plants around school then worked together to create a PicCollage to explain the conditions which the plants we found liked to grow in.
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Year 1 Polar Bears had another fantastic trip to Wallsend Park. We explored the changes from Autumn to Summer, created pieces of artwork with leaves and learnt all about different trees and how to identify them.

Their behaviour was outstanding all day! Well done Polar Bears.

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Year 2 have continued on with their journey into plant life. Today it was time to think about where all plant life starts from - the humble seed. We were amazed by how different looking seeds can be and had a great time trying to figure out what different seeds could grow into. We thought about how a seed germinates to become a plant and how the seeds released from that plant is the start of a new plant lifecycle. We were able to link a plant lifecycle with that of a frog, a human and a chicken.
This of course brought about the age old question - what came first? The chicken or the egg? The plant or the seed? Can one exist without the other?
28 year 2 minds blown by this very conundrum!
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Year 2 have continued on with their journey into plant life. Today it was time to think about where all plant life starts from - the humble seed. We were amazed by how different looking seeds can be and had a great time trying to figure out what different seeds could grow into. We thought about how a seed germinates to become a plant and how the seeds released from that plant is the start of a new plant lifecycle. We were able to link a plant lifecycle with that of a frog, a human and a chicken. 
This of course brought about the age old question - what came first? The chicken or the egg? The plant or the seed? Can one exist without the other? 
28 year 2 minds blown by this very conundrum!
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This afternoon we looked at lots of different types of seeds. We tried to work out which seed grew into which plant, which was trickier than we thought! Then we found out the difference between a fruit and a vegetable, before using our magnifying glasses to take a closer look at different types of seeds, including those in fruit. #dcpsdragons #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

As part of STEM week, we decided to see what it was like to be a seed and follow the life cycle of a plant. We started off as seeds in the ground, before water and sunlight gave us the energy we needed to start growing. Then we went through the cycle of being a shoot, growing a bud and becoming a flower before finally using up all our energy and dropping our new seeds to the ground, to start the life cycle all over again. #dcpsdragons #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

Year 4 Elephants exploring our school grounds to discover what habitats are around us! We had to think about how animals have adapted to their environments! #dcpselephants #dcpsyear4 #dcpsstem #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

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