SCIENCE QUALITY MARK
We are absolutely delighted to report that Kettlefields Primary School has been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) Award. PSQM is a national accolade that celebrates commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. PSQM is recognised by Ofsted, the Royal Society and the CBI as having a positive impact on pupils’ performance, engagement and enjoyment of science. We are absolutely thrilled and proud that we have achieved such an esteemed award that highlights the high quality of science teaching and learning here at Kettlefields.
Our science curriculum was praised for its vision, ambition, commitment and enthusiasm, incorporating a wide range of initiatives to provide fun and engaging science at every level from Early Years to Key Stage 2. Our pupils engage with lots of activities during the annual Science Week, and enjoy visits from university scientists. The assessor noted that children are developing science capital through the many and varied opportunities and visits, and we were praised for the number of enrichment opportunities provided, especially given the COVID restrictions. Our talented young scientists have not only enjoyed an amazing range of extra-curricular science activities, but they have received the very best in primary science teaching during which our pupils are encouraged to explore, learn and think critically, and to appreciate how science affects their everyday lives. As ever, we remain deeply grateful for the support of children, parents and governors as well as all of our teaching staff in helping us achieve this prestigious award.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.
Jane Turner, PSQM National Director, commented: “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.”