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STEM Week Connections

We have decided that we are extending STEM across the year for our children giving them the extra opportunities to investigate and experiment. We are looking forward to our links with the secondary school in the Summer Term as we will be working with the year 10 children.

During the STEM week our children have been very busy.

Year 3 and 4

The topic for year 3 and 4 was Rocks and Soils. we had a visit from NDA and the children were able to experiment and investigate Erosion, Sedimentary, Igneous and Metamorphic rocks and Paleontology.

Year 5

The children used scientific vocabulary during their STEM week and here is a photograph of all their activities they enjoyed during the week.

Year 6

The children in year 6 have been investigating filtration and they were very surprised by the results.


Stepping Stones

The children have been growing cress and learning how the plant comes from a seed; how to care for their plant and that they can eat the things that they grow.

Science Gilt Quality Mark 2022- 2025

Beamish and Pelton Federation have been awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

Final PQSM Portfolio

Over 400 Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools this month to celebrate their commitment to excellence in science teachingand learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 5000 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.

Primary Science Quality Mark is a one-year school improvement programme for primary science, which provides professional development for new and experienced subject leaders each year. PSQM enables confident, knowledgeable, reflective leadership which results in an improvement in the way in which science is planned and taught across the whole school.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire 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 and climate change crisis have made everyone aware of the importance of science in our world.  Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us and our planet healthy and safe. Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science teaching and learning. 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.”

Science Learning

Through an enquiry-based approach, teachers pose scientific questions for children to explore, investigate and reflect upon. Science is taught progressively, in line with the National Curriculum and end of year expectations. Across the year, children also take part in STEM week to further enhance their scientific knowledge and enquiry skills through working with outside educational agencies.

We are very proud to have gained the Silver Award Primary Science Quality Mark  for another year and are dedicated to maintaining an effective, confident science leadership for whole school impact on standards in the teaching and learning of Science.

Please see below for our Science Overviews.

For each unit within our Science curriculum, we have created Knowledge Organisers to highlight the key scientific concepts, facts and vocabulary our children will know and understand by the end of a unit. We build upon children’s vocabulary each year when revisiting areas within Science.


Please see below for our Knowledge Organisers for each unit within each year group.

EYFS Science

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum supports children’s understanding of Science through the planning and teaching of ‘Understanding the World.’ Children find out about objects, materials and living things using all of their senses looking at similarities, differences, patterns and change. Both the environment and skilled practitioners foster curiosity and encourage explorative play, children are motivated to ask questions about why things happen and how things work. Our children are encouraged to use their natural environment around them to explore. Children enjoy spending time outdoors exploring mini-beasts and their habitats, observing the changing seasons, plants and animals. Children regularly participate in cookery and baking sessions which allows them to experience changes in state as ingredients are mixed, heated and cooled.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Our children love taking part in experiments and investigations, working scientifically to explore key questions and then draw conclusions.

Our Progress Journey



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