Science is an exceptionally important subject, and it's vital that children lay the foundations of their scientific understanding at primary school. At Elmhurst, we prioritise the teaching of scientific enquiry skills, giving the children the opportunity to learn through practical experience. We are justifiably proud of the quality of our Science teaching.
ELMHURST AWARDED PRIMARY SCIENCE QUALITY MARK
The fantastic quality of science teaching at Elmhurst has been recognised with the achievement of a Gold award for the Primary Science Quality Mark in September 2018.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is a joint project led by led from the University of Hertfordshire in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the network of Science Learning Centres, the Association for Science Education and the Wellcome Trust.
Jane Turner, National Director of the PSQM programme , said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The standard of the submissions has been extremely high and their content is quite breath-taking. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
PRINCIPLES OF SCIENCE TEACHING
At Elmhurst, great Science means:
- practical, hands-on investigation and enquiry
- excitement, fun, inspiration and innovation
- giving children the independence to question, explore and make discoveries – delivering the ‘Eureka’ moment!
And, by doing this, ensuring every child is making progress as a scientist.
ELMHURST SCIENCE WEEK 2016
Elmhurst Science Week 2016 will be held on the exciting theme of Renewable Energy. During the half term holiday children are tasked to work with their friends/family to create their own models and presentations of different types of ways need can use natural resources as a source of power. The week will culminate in a Science Fair to which parents will be invited and selected projects from each class will be presented to a panel of judges who will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize ribbons to the most creative and amazing projects. Further details will be sent out closer to the time.
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD IN SCIENCE
If you are interested in finding out more about primary school Science and in supporting your child in the subject, then you the following websites could be helpful:
- http://primaryscience.net/ (Please ask your class teacher for the user name and password to access this site)
The Elmhurst library also has a range of interesting books on Science that your child can borrow - or you could encourage them to borrow from the local library.
If you would like to find out more about Science at Elmhurst, please contact our Science Co-ordinator, Joe Wilson.