At Duncombe, we aim to provide our pupils with high quality science experiences, both in and out of the classroom. Each year group goes on a science trip or has a ‘Science Experience.’ This has included trips to the Royal Observatory, London Zoo, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, ecology centres and parks around Islington and visitors to the school. We feel that these experiences enrich our pupils’ understanding and enjoyment in science.
Our pupils have opportunities to explore and investigate a range of topics in their science curriculum. They are able to use a range of technology to support their investigations, including: iPads, digital microscopes and data loggers. We also run science clubs and work with other primary and secondary schools in the Islington area.
As part of the topic ‘Living things and their habitats’ each year group looks after the school chickens, Vanessa and Harriet. Our Reception classes also hatch eggs in the Spring and the Nursery children learn about life cycles through observing caterpillars turn into butterflies.
We have been recognised for our good practice in science and awarded with the Primary Science Quality Mark, Silver level. They stated:
The school have clearly raised the profile of science with teachers, children and parents. The school website hosts the science principles and information about outdoor learning, the grounds have been developed and display work is evident. This is a strong application. The Subject Leader has used the PSQM process to increase the school’s focus on science. Children and parents are clearly aware of the enhanced profile of the subject, and numerous effective links with other local schools and groups have been made.
For more information about the PSQM award, see http://www.psqm.org.uk/
At Duncombe, we are committed to continuing to making science teaching and learning a priority. If you would like to get involved, please email Julia McCormack for more information.