This week we have had some more fabulous entries for the Year 6 Science Fair 2020. Well done to all the pupils who have worked so hard and submitted brilliant entries.

In addition, Blue Coat are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark. These awards have been given to 160 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science leadership, teaching and learning. Thank you to our Science Leads Mrs Simmons in Prep and Mr Fogarty in Pre-Prep for all that you are doing to put Blue Coat Science on the map and for leading Blue Coat to gain this nationally recognised status!

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. Associate Professor Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “There was never a more important time for primary children to have a high-quality science education. The Coronavirus Pandemic has made everyone aware of the impact of science on our daily lives. Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us healthy and safe. Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science teaching and learning, even at this challenging time for schools. The profile and quality of science 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 scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

Blue Coat received some wonderful feedback from the PSQM reviewers –

Engaging science displays celebrate children’s curiosity and work in science.  The exciting annual science fair sounds like a brilliant way to share learning and raise the importance and value of science across the whole school community!

You have clearly worked hard setting targets to develop science teaching and learning for this year. The science improvement plan shows active development goals and there has been regular liaison between the SLs and leadership team, leading to many changes.

Pupils are very lucky to have access to a science laboratory with its associated equipment.

There is plentiful evidence showing that children’s curiosity is encouraged through a range of methods and displaying their questions is a great way to show that they are valued. Regular use of a formative KWL activity is best practice and an excellent place to start learning.

It’s great to read that other teaching specialists have delivered learning based around science, e.g. PE and music.

There are fabulous opportunities with wide-ranging enrichment activities available for the children at Blue Coat! The calendar of
events for children shows an exciting programme including a science week, rocket workshop, science magic shows, ‘Wow’ days, links to universities and visits to places like a safari park and the National Space Centre.

I am pleased to read about the impact on yourselves as science leads and how the profile of science has been raised across school this year. Keep it going!

The Blue Coat School has certainly raised the profile of science this year and deserves to be awarded a Primary Science Quality Mark! The science leads have worked extremely hard together as a team to implement actions and develop science teaching and learning with both specialist and non-specialist teachers alike. There were already some good practices in place and other areas have moved forward, e.g. assessment and science capital, with a clear plan in place of what needs to be done next. A highlight of this submission was the excellent range of enrichment activities that pupils have access to: your Y6 science fair looks amazing and who wouldn’t want to take part in a rocket workshop? You should be proud of what has been achieved this year and I hope that developments will continue until your reaccreditation in three years time. Well done!