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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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#dcpswhale class had a really interesting morning with NUFC . We spent time learning all about our bodies and how to measure our pulse. #dcpspe #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

#dcpswhale class had a really interesting morning with NUFC . We spent time learning all about our bodies and how to measure our pulse. #dcpspe #dcpsstemImage attachmentImage attachment

During our STEM week, year 4 focused on the different environments around the world as part of our ‘Our Diverse Planet’ topic. Over the course of the week, we observed the temperature in the Sahara Desert and we made a practical line graph to show the change over time! They look fantastic! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Throughout the week, the Elephants have been monitoring the temperature and climate in the Sahara Desert. We kept a record of the temperature in a table and we created a line graph with our results BUT this wasn’t any ordinary graph... we had to create it using tape and sticky notes!!! #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

During British Science Week this week, the Y4 Elephants have been learning all about ‘Our Diverse Planet.’ They have been looking across the globe at different habitats and the variety of environments we have. We have studied the Sahara Desert, rainforests and Antarctica. We had to test different materials to see which were the best insulators so we could design a coat suitable for the Antarctic climate! The children used thermometers to see which materials created the largest temperature change of the water #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 have had a fun filled jam packed STEM week learning about our diverse planet and extreme weather. We have conducted a wind investigation, made our own weather vanes and rain gauges as well as learning how rain happens and making rain clouds in a jar #dcpsstem #dcpslotc #dcpslizard #dcpsturtle ... See MoreSee Less

A windy woolly worm hunt for the dragons this afternoon. We have been learning all about camouflage and why animals use it. We have found out about concealing camouflage, disruptive camouflage and mimicry. #dcpsdragon #dcpsstem #dcpscore #dcpslotc #BritishScienceWeek ... See MoreSee Less

This afternoon the Dinos have learned about camouflage and how important it is for different creatures to be able to camouflage themselves from predators and prey #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsstem #dcpsbritishscienceweek #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Some of our Year 2 and 3 children at a Live Creatures Science Day yesterday. They absolutely loved learning about different animals that you can find in the rainforest. Even more excited about the fact they got hold some of them! Their behaviour was amazing, a real credit to the school. #dcpsstem #dcpscore #dcpslotc #dcpsdragon #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsturtle #dcpslizard ... See MoreSee Less

Year 1 Polar Bears had a brilliant afternoon yesterday investigating how polar animals stay warm in the Arctic and Antarctic. #dcpspolarbear #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

This afternoon the Dinos made a mini beach complete with seaweed and coral, then they polluted them to compare the two environments. They all agreed that an unpolluted beach and sea is far nicer than a polluted one and discussed what we could all do to be eco warriors and reduce pollution, making the world a better place to live in. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsbritishscienceweek #dcpsstem #dcpscore #dcpsgeography #dcpspshe ... See MoreSee Less

We were discussing pollution this afternoon. Dragons made their own seaside environments. We talked about how they were clean, inviting and safe for us and animals. Then, much to the dismay of the class, they had to ‘pollute’ their environment. We then talked about the impact pollution has on our environment. We decided that we could help by making sure we recycle, and throw our rubbish away carefully. Ask us about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch! #dcpsdragon #dcpsstem #dcpscore #BritishScienceWeek #dcpsgeography #dcpspshe ... See MoreSee Less

Take one picture..... Dragons have been using working scientifically question stems this afternoon. Building on our exciting trip yesterday, we looked at pictures of aquatic animals and discussed what we wanted to find out about them. The questions flying around the classroom were amazing! #dcpsdragon #dcpsstem #dcpscore #BritishScienceWeek ... See MoreSee Less

This afternoon the dinos are full of questions. There are looking at pictures of aquatic creatures and thinking about what they want know about it. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsbritishscienceweek #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Y2 had an amazing day at Tynemouth Aquarium today to kick start British Science Week. We looked at the diverse range of species which can be found in the world’s seas and oceans, looking on with awe and wonder at some of the strangest looking sea creatures we have ever seen. We learned about how plastic is the main pollutant of the ocean and about the devastating impact this has not only on the creatures living there but also how it affects us too. Did you know that because of the plastic which fish eat in the sea that a typical human also has the equivalent of a coat hanger’s worth of plastic inside them as we eat the fish who have consumed the plastic? A terrifying thought!
While the sharks amazed us, our hearts were stolen by the seal show and a visit to the seal hospital where we met Molo who tapped on the glass to get our attention (we later discovered this was a ploy for food 🤣). We can’t wait for the rest of the week where we will explore more about pollution and camouflage. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsdragon #britishscienceweek #dcpsstem #dcpscore #dcpslotc
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Check out our Great Barrier Reef creations! #dcpspanda #dcpsstem #dcpsart #dcpsgeography #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

What an exciting start to British Science Week for Year 2. The theme is Our Diverse Planet. We had a wonderful trip to Blue Reef Aquarium. We started with an Eco Workshop, which got us thinking about how we can be more eco friendly and look after our planet. We learned about plastic pollution and the problems it causes for animals and even how warming oceans is damaging coral. We got to look round the aquarium spotting lots of different aquatic creatures and enjoyed an entertaining seal show! Phew, we can’t wait for the rest of the week. #dcpsdragon #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsstem #dcpscore #BritishScienceWeek #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

Our Arts Leader is getting ready to run an after school photography class for year 4. Here he is receiving some training from professional photographer Richard. He had a fantastic time learning about the different parts of the camera, how to use it and some great hints and tips for taking fantastic pictures. Thank you Richardleephotography for your support and time #dcpsart #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

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