“Most people say that it is the intellect which makes the scientist.
They are wrong, it is character.” Albert Einstein
At Sandhills, 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.
Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
This academic year Sandhills are aiming to achieve the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM). This award enables the school to develop Science as a curriculum area. As part of this award we carried out a pupil questionnaire in November. The results have revealed a variety of things.
> Staff at Sandhills enjoy teaching Science and the children can see that.
> Last year, we had a big push on Scientific vocabulary being used in lessons. This pupil voice showed that the children know the scientific vocabulary for the lesson and are using it in lessons.
>It also showed that the children would like to be challenged more in their Science lessons/don’t always find the lessons challenging enough, so will give Sandhills something to aim for in their Science lessons this year.
The pupil voice will be carried out again towards the end of this academic year and hopefully we will see the impact the PSQM award has had on staff and children.