Science is an exceptionally important subject, and it's vital that children lay the foundations of their scientific understanding at primary school. 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, as well as using and applying processing skills. At Mission Grove, we prioritise the teaching of scientific enquiry skills, giving the children the opportunity to learn through practical experiences. We are justifiably proud of the quality of our Science teaching. We are lucky to have a farm on both sites. Our children enjoy looking after the animals.
MISSION GROVE AWARDED PRIMARY SCIENCE QUALITY MARK!
The fantastic quality of science teaching at Mission Grove has been recognised with the achievement of a Gold award for the Primary Science Quality Mark in spring 2017.
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.”
PRINCIPLES OF SCIENCE TEACHING
At Mission Grove, 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.
To further support the teaching of science, we explore scientific concepts during our STEM week. Past themes have included ‘Inventions and Discovery’, ‘Explore the Future’ and 'Our Diverse Planet'.
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 might find the following websites could be helpful: