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STEM @ Denbigh CPS

Subject Lead: Mrs Hammill/ Miss Mayhew

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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Last week the full time nursery found some giant eggs in our garden. We discussed what we thought was inside the eggs. The children had great imaginations as some thought it was a giant chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny whilst others thought it could be a golden egg from Jack and the beanstalk, baby chicks, a dragon or a dinosaur. The children created their own posters to help find the owner of the two giant eggs and placed them around Nursery. The next day when we came to school we noticed that the eggs were missing and found a range of footprints and fossils in our nursery classroom. We investigated what happened to the eggs and managed to free some baby dinosaurs trapped in ice by investigating different ways in which we could make ice melt faster #dcpscaterpillar #dcpsEYFS #dcps30hours #dcpscore #dcpslotc #dcpsstem #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Dolphin class did so well when looking after their flour babies last week. We think they look like proud parents in these photos! #dcpscore #dcpsdolphin #dcpsstem #dcpslifeskills ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 have been learning about healthy eating. We designed, made and tasted our own healthy sandwiches #dcpscore #dcpsturtle #dcpsstem #dcpsdt ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 have made a great start as parents (and babysitters!) to their flour babies. So far, they have taken them everywhere and even changed and fed them. Keep up the good work, we are proud of your independence! #dcpscore #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale #dcpsstem #dcpslifeskills ... See MoreSee Less

Here are some photos of our last couple of trips to the woods. We are mini-beast obsessed at the moment and are loving hunting for different bugs. Our little space in the woods has grown so much recently the sun struggles to break through all the leaves so some of the shadows we have seen have been amazing! #dcpsEYFS #dcpsladybird #dcpsbutterfly #dcpscore #dcpsstem #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

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After exploring our own growth ( looking at pictures of us as babies ) the nursery children have started to explore growth all around us. We have looked at creatures and plants in our yard including a very busy ladybird. We have started to plant flowers and carrots in our nursery planters and are going to remember to water them each day, especially in this hot weather! #dcpscaterpillar #dcpsEYFS #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

Things are growing well in Gardening Club. We had to make sure everything was well watered in this warm weather. We even had a little visitor, a fledging bird. We were really sensible in staying quiet and giving it space, but we are looking forward watching it grow. #dcpsstem #dcpspshe #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 2 Dragons ended their STEM week last week by investigating different seeds and understanding that different seeds grow into different plants. We drew what we thought a seed looked like then used a magnifying glass to take a close look at sunflower seeds, pepper seeds and tomato seeds. #dcpsdragon #dcpscore #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

The Dinos used magnifying glasses to closely observe different seeds before making a detailed drawing of them. We love being scientists. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

It is STEM week in year 2 and it’s all about plants! We started the week by planting a sunflower and broad bean to observe over time now we know what plants need to survive. We have looked at the different parts of a plant and a tree too! #dcpsdragon #dcpscore #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

Year 6 Lions have had a great time learning all about electricity as part of our STEM topic. We have been investigating the effects of changing circuits to make bulbs brighter and buzzers louder. We thought carefully about how we could achieve this by adding certain components within a circuit or by increasing the voltage. #dcpslion #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

The Dinos are learning all about plants for our STEM week this week. We are looking at what the perfect conditions are for seeds to grow and will be observing our seeds over the next few weeks. Watch this space. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

We have been having a great time in Gardening Club this half term. Lots of flowers and vegetables have been planted and are starting to grow. Watch this space to see how we get on next half term! #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Y5 Dolphins worked hard during STEM week this week. We have been learning about the life cycles of different types of animals. To round off the unit, we used play doh to create the different stages of a frog’s life cycle. Some excellent models were made! Can you guess which stage of the life cycle they are? 🐸 #dcpscore #dcpsdolphin #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

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