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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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This week, Year One have been learning about herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. Once we learnt all about it, we created a feast for the birds that visit our school yard. It was a very messy job but we had lots of fun!

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Year One Polar Bears had a great morning researching facts about alligators. They used a variety resources including; information texts, diagrams and factual videos. They blew me away with their fact finding skills.

Well done to all of the Polar Bears!

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In Reception we have been completing lots of tasks to try and get Miss Clark e’s pirate treasure back. We decided to make some pirate ships. First we had to test different materials to see which would be the best to be in water. We wet lots of different things and observed what happened as the water covered them. We even left some all day in special test tubes to see if they could cope with being in water for a long time. We used this knowledge to build our own pirate ships. Carefully adapting junk to create sea worthy vessels. Finally we took the ships outside to test them on the water. Most of our ships sailed and stayed upright, so we are virtually fully qualified ship engineers! #dcpseyfs #dcpsladybird #dcpsbutterfly #dcpsstem #dcpslotc #dcpsDT ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 have loved experimenting with magnets this week, learning about pushes and pulls #dcpsturtle #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

Elephants have been learning all about Earth Day. We looked at our impact on the planet, thinking about what happens to our rubbish and how much energy we use. We took our learning outside to see the impact we have locally and talked about what we could do to protect our planet. We produced some fantastic posters showing what we have learned. #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpsgeography #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Elephants have been learning all about Earth Day. We looked at our impact on the planet, thinking about what happens to our rubbish and how much energy we use. We took our learning outside to see the impact we have locally and talked about what we could do to protect our planet. We produced some fantastic posters showing what we have learned. #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpsgeography #dcpslotc #dcpscore

Elephants have been absolutely amazing in STEM this week. Yesterday we investigated switches and their position in a circuit. We even had a go at making our own and they worked brilliantly! In the afternoon we discussed insulators and conductors. We conducted an experiment to find out which materials conduct electricity. Great team work again. #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

The Whales have been celebrating Earth Day this morning. This takes place every year on April 22nd. We did some reading about how important protecting our environment is, learning about how we can help the Earth and then we created fact sheets about the day. We also had to come up with a mission to help our wonderful planet! #dcpswhale #dcpscore #dcpsstem #dcpsgeography ... See MoreSee Less

Elephants are working so hard on their STEM unit. We made a human circuit, we had to think about the components that made a circuit and we were each given roles. We tried different ways to make our circuit work including adding switches and extra bulbs!

We then used our knowledge to predict whether circuits were complete and would light a bulb, or incomplete. We then built the circuits to see if our predictions were correct. #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpscore
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