"Our aim at Highfield is to build scientific confidence that will last a lifetime!"
Highfield is a Primary Science Silver Quality Mark School!
Primary Science Quality Mark Awards are awarded to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.
The PSQM scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.
Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is the only national award scheme to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools. Schools achieve a PSQM award through a year-long process of initial audit, followed by action and reflection.
Involve me and I will understand!
Science at Highfield
Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation and using and applying process skills. Our creative curriculum approach to science teaching and learning, puts all the strands (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) in 'real life' contexts. This makes science relevant to the children so that they can apply their new knowledge to previous real life experiences and so deepen understanding.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key fundamental knowledge and concepts our pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Pupils are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. While it is important that pupils make progress, it is also vitally important that they develop secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage.
I Wonder if..........
Everyone is a scientist and you're never to young to share your ideas. In nursery we do lot's of wondering about things we see around us: Such as why do things fall down, or what will we find as we walk around our Nursery garden? Have a look at some of the photos below, can you guess what we were investigating?
Through science in our school we aim to:
- Encourage the development of positive attitudes to science.
- Deliver the National Curriculum Science orders in ways that are imaginative, purposeful, well controlled and enjoyable.
- Help in developing and extending the children’s scientific concept of their world and encouraging them to ask deeper questions about the world around them
- Deliver clear and accurate teacher explanations and skilful questioning. Provide guidance but at the same time allow children the freedom to explore as independently as possible.
- Make strong, purposeful links between science and other subjects. Using ICT in a meaningful way to extend their learning (Data Loggers, video, photography, microscopes and ipads).
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Enable children to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data whilst becoming confident and competent at analysing the data they collect. In KS1 and KS2 a minimum of 50% of Science lessons include practical Scientific Investigation. In the Early Years children are taught the required science elements of the foundation stage document through active learning opportunities in cross curricular themes.
Develop the following skills of investigation – observation, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating and interpreting.
We will continue to focus on Engineering in ‘Cool Science’ Club opening children eyes to the what being 'an engineer' means with projects such as catapults, paper towers , rafts and marble runs.
Most of all we aim to have FUN!!!
In the autumn and spring terms the club is open to Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 respectively. In the summer term the club will be open to KS1 pupils assisted by our Cool Science Assistants from Upper KS2.
We aim to nurture an inquisitive mind through a range of hands-on experiments and creative activities. The club offers an exciting way to explore a range of science topics and help pupils relate scientific ideas to real world examples.
Lots of things we make and do can be taken home for more enjoyment.
Ms Priestman & Ms Plant (Club Leaders)
Websites for science investigation ideas at home:
Highfield Science Week 18th to 22nd March 2019
All the children are really excited about the week ahead.
During science week each class will be taking part in various active science investigations looking at ‘Journeys’ from creating tunnels, time capsules and perfume to keeping a nature log and mummifying an orange, there’s something for everyone.
' Each class will use their own ideas with children planning and carrying out their own investigations.
Other Activities and Opportunities:
A Science Quiz for upper KS2- an inter class event - Friday Lunchtime 12pm to find who will be crowned Highfield Science Superstars 2019?
The trophy was won again by class 9 after a very close competition between all 3 upper KS2 classes. Well done to all children who took part.
Highfield Science poster competition- Journeys:
The possibilities are limitless- maybe a famous scientist and what they discovered after years of research like Darwin, space travel, engineering feats that allow us to make journeys (trains, boats, cars, planes, roads, bridges, tunnels, canals etc), migrating animals and their annual journey.
Children from Nursery to Year 6 can take part in the Science week poster competition. Entries will be judged the first week back with presentations taking place in the celebrations assembly on the first Friday
Science Week is a great opportunity for science to take centre stage and for the children to get involved, and really embrace how exciting science can be. The ‘hands on experiences’ helped to further raise the profile of science within our school as well as being great fun.
Fun Family Science:If you’re looking for activities you can run at home, check out our Fun, Family Science packs created in partnership with Eurotunnel! Go on the website and download. https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/activity-packs/
The Great Science Share June 2019: The Big Playground Draw
All pupils from Nursery to Year 6 went out into the playground armed only a piece of chalk to participate in our Science Big Playground Draw to show and celebrate their learning in Science over the year. Children worked enthusiastically and collaboratively talking to each other about their diagrams and models.
It encouraged revision and fresh discussion on topics already covered and secured deeper understandings as they tried to explain to each other.
THE MICRO WORLD AROUND US
Summer term 2020: We are fortunate to be able to borrow a class set of microscopes again for 6 weeks. This is a nation wide scheme run by the RMS. It will give us free access to explore the 'micro' world around us. All classes from Reception to Year 6 will be able to use them. it's going to be a great opportunity for all. Watch this space.
Children are able to use Easiscopes to observe mini beasts, plants, rocks and different materials in the world around them. They were amazed at what they saw and all the detail. Easiscopes are definitely a hit in KS1 and Early Years.