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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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Elephants have been investigating plants in STEM this week. After successfully identifying the parts of a plant and their job, we set up some experiments. First we wanted to see what plants need to survive. Each group has been given a plant and removed one of the things we think it needs (air, water, soil, light). We are observing the plants over time to see what happens. Today we looked at water transport. We used celery and food colouring to watch how water moves through and plant and changes the colour of the celery. We have decided to leave some plants overnight to see what happens over a longer time. #dcpselephant #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

This afternoon Year 4 conducted a very interesting investigation. They wanted to know how water transports through a stem and up into a plant. They observed a stick of celery in some water with blue food colouring every 5 minutes and recorded what had happened. We found out some amazing results! The stem transported the blue dye all the way up the plant! Fantastic observation skills, Giraffes. Well done! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsstem #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Some of the children in Reception enjoyed their final session of three in the woods this week and last. Creating transitional art, feeding the ducks and exploring the woods. We have learnt so much the last three visits. #dcpsEYFS #dcpsladybird #dcpsbutterfly #dcpslotc #dcpsstem #dcpsart ... See MoreSee Less

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