Polar Explorer Day - Tuesday 5th February 2019
On Tuesday, we celebrated our whole school Polar Explorer Day. Our Polar Ambassador, Dr Jenny Watson, led a whole school assembly explaining the importance of polar exploration when learning about the past, present and future of our planet. Every child took part in a range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities that focused on engineering, climate change, animals and adaptation, exploration and the oceans.
It was an inspiring day that enabled the children to apply their STEM skills to a real life context and learn more about current polar exploration
Polar Explorer Programme
St Edward's has been successful in an application to take part in a nationwide STEM learning programme, looking at the exploration of the polar region of Antarctica. This is linked to the imminent launch of the 'RRS Sir David Attenborough'. Antarctic research vessel, which is in the final stages of construction.
Children in Reception to Year 6 will be undertaking work related to the research of the scientist involved in this expedition programme and learning about the impact STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) have in the real world.
Stay tuned for updates!
A high-quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
According to the new national curriculum, Science should stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It should also satisfy this curiosity with knowledge through linking direct practical experience with ideas, engaging learners at many levels.
At St Edward’s, we firmly believe that Science is the basis of understanding the world around us. We promote a love of Science through experiencing, investigating and questioning abstract concepts. All children across the school take part in a challenging and thought provoking curriculum, enabling them to question, predict and investigate their own thoughts and ideas. The children are encouraged to become independent in thinking, be responsible, and sensitive to living and non-living environments as well as developing a willingness to tolerate uncertainty.
Our prime aim within the Science curriculum is to nurture the children’s natural curiosity and inquisitiveness about the world’s phenomena– ‘The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out.’
Working scientifically is the lifeblood of each and every area of subject matter and is what gives life and sustenance to learning new knowledge and developing understanding within Science. It is a large part of the new curriculum and is embedded throughout all topics. Some of the scientific skills include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils are also encouraged to seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data, relating to their mathematics.
Try out some experiments at home:
St Edward's Catholic School was awarded
The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM)
Schools Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark
In September Primary Science Quality Awards have been awarded to 347 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 2500 schools across the UK have achieved the award.
The Primary School Quality Mark 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.”
For more information, please contact:
Jane Turner PSQM Director:
01707 28 1036
Notes to Editor
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. For more information please visit: www.psqm.org.uk
The University of Hertfordshire is the UK's leading business-facing university and an exemplar in the sector. It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel. For more information please visit: www.herts.ac.uk/
The Primary Science Teaching Trust (formerly the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust) was created by Trust Deed in April 1997, to provide financial assistance to help improve the learning and teaching of science in the UK. Our objective is to help improve the education of children and young people in science. For more information, please visit: https://pstt.org.uk/