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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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Year 4 Giraffes have had great start to their new STEM unit of Electricity. We starting by thinking about what we already knew about Electricity and then started some research into influential scientists such as Thomas Edison and Joesph Swan. We used all of our facts to create class posters. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsstem #dcpscore #dcpsnetworker #dcpscomputing ... See MoreSee Less

The full time nursery children loved toasting their marshmallows over a real fire today in Nursery. I was so impressed at how well the children had remembered our fire pit rules from last week and they did an amazing job keeping themselves safe. Today we also made our own marshmallow play dough and enjoyed using the diggers to fill and empty their trucks with cereal #dcpsEYFS #dcps30hours #dcpscaterpillar #dcpspshe #dcpslotc #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

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After spotting some ice on the yard last week the full time nursery children have loved investigating what ice is and where it comes from. They were set the challenge to free some toys stuck in the ice as they investigated how they could melt the ice the fastest using either hot or cold water or sprinkling salt on it. We had fun painting with ice and noticed that our paper was getting very wet. After discovering that ice is made by freezing water the children decided to make their own ice lollies using a range of fruit juices and smoothies. We of course had to try a range of juices before deciding on what flavour we would like our lolly to be. Today we enjoyed our lollies as part of our snack time which tasted amazing! The nursery children were so impressed with their efforts they have asked to make ice cream next week. #dcpsEYFS #dcpscaterpillar #dcps30hours #dcpsstem #dcpscore #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

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This half term, as part of our mini topic of Antarctica/penguins, we have been investigating ice. We were keen to explore different states of water and were fascinated to see what happened when we placed trays of water outside over night. We made predictions and loved exploring the ice that had formed! We quickly realised that the ice wouldn’t last long inside due the heat and discussed how it melted back into water. #dcpsEYFS #dcpsladybird #dcpsbutterfly #dcpsSTEM #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 have used their working scientifically skills this week to explore Forces. They enjoyed finding out the effects of air resistance and gravity on parachutes and investigated if increasing weight on a parachute increases the speed it falls, or if the height the parachute is dropped from, affects the length of time it takes to fall to the ground. #dcpsdolphin #dcpscore #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 have been learning about levers, pulleys and gears as part of their STEM this week. They enjoyed applying their learning to make their lever Christmas card with a moving Santa Claus. #dcpsdolpin #dcpsstem #dcpscore #dcpsdt ... See MoreSee Less

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