YOUNG scientists are enjoying exploring experiments and making fascinating new discoveries

Pupils and staff at Darnhall Primary School in Winsford are celebrating after receiving a Primary Science Quality Mark, national recognition for its commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.

Parent governor Jen Hughes said:“Congratulations to all the staff and pupils on achieving the Primary Science Quality Mark. It is testament to the hard work of all staff and pupils over the past year.

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Darnhall Primary School pupils Phoebe Billinge, Georgina Cowap, Jessica Hendy and Harvey Fitzsimons

"It has been a pleasure seeing how inspired the children have become about science. As a parent, it has been fantastic to see my daughter trying new experiments, gaining a new appreciation for science and the world around her.”

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts.

It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.

Jane Turner, PSQM national director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Mark is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning 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, headteachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.