At Hallam Primary School we aim to develop children’s understanding of the world around them through high-quality science teaching and learning that is exciting and engaging. Our aim is to help our pupils understand how major scientific ideas have played a vital role in society and to prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
Our Core Principles of Science
Our core principles of science, developed with staff and pupils, outline our aims and objectives. We know good science teaching and learning is happening when...
Children enjoy Science, perceiving it as ‘fun’ and ‘exciting’.
Children are ‘doing’. They are engaged in their learning through practical ‘hands-on’ activities.
Children are curious. They are asking questions and exploring their own ideas. There are opportunities for them to deepen and extend their learning.
Children are able to use appropriate scientific vocabulary to talk about their learning.
Children use a range of equipment and resources (including ICT), which are appropriate for the topic.
Children are collaborating and everyone has an active role.
Children learn how to investigate systematically and can start to lead their own enquiries.
Children can make links; the learning is relevant to them and placed in context.
The curriculum is enriched through a variety of visits and/or visitors.
Learning is recorded in a variety of ways.
At Hallam, the majority of science topics fit within the year group’s termly topic areas. The expectation is that both scientific knowledge and enquiry will be taught as an integral part of the ‘Learning Challenge’. Where a particular topic does not lend itself to an area of scientific knowledge, then science is taught as a discrete topic, with cross-curricular links if possible. The curriculum is enriched through science-based visits, and visitors are strongly encouraged to join us – especially those who have a particular area of expertise - please let us know if you are willing to help with this. We have developed strong relationships with Tapton School Science Department and they support our curriculum through visits and sharing of resources.
Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM)
We are delighted to share that we have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver Award to celebrate excellence in science teaching and learning. This award is the only national scheme to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools. We are proud that this recognises the hard work of our staff team, children and parents in raising the profile of high quality science in school. The award shows that 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.
We are pleased to announce that we have appointed the very first Hallam Primary Science Ambassadors. There was huge amount of interest and 4 children in Year 5 were chosen for the role, from a selection of very strong applications! The ambassadors will assist teachers and children with science around school, promote science to others, demonstrate in assemblies, meet regally with Mrs Barnes and occasionally, attend after school and outreach events. This project has been funded by the Ogden Trust, with whom we are working closely as a school and as part of a partnership of local schools. On the 11th October, the children attended an ambassador training day at Hunters Bar Infant School, where they learnt to carry out and perform 8 different experiments. Have a look at some of the photos from the day. We look forward to sharing more of what they have been up to throughout the year!