Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM)

Providing long-term support to the Primary Science Quality Mark

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OVERVIEW

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Since 2013, PSTT has been providing long-term support to PSQM as we share a close synergy in our aims and objectives.

The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is an award programme that enables primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision. We encourage our College Fellows and Cluster Networks to work towards the Primary Science Quality Mark and many of our College Fellows have achieved the Gold Award.

The Exemplar Materials tab on the right will take you to primary science material generated by schools during their time participating in the Primary Science Quality Mark. It is intended to be a bank of materials that will act as a reference for anyone interested in the provision of science in the primary sector. Twelve categories have been identified because of their influence on the teaching and learning of science at primary level and examples collated to illustrate the rationale, process and impact of developing each one.

For more information on the Primary Science Quality Mark, please visit the PSQM website:

psqm.org.uk

EXEMPLAR MATERIALS

The exemplar materials below have been developed through a PSTT funded project in collaboration with PSQM. The collection of examples of good practice in the teaching, learning and leadership of primary science can be used to support schools participating in the Primary Science Quality Mark. They can also be used by schools not participating in PSQM to raise the profile of science teaching in school. Please note, the resources have been developed by a College Fellow and PSQM Hubleader supported by PSTT and PSQM, but should not be seen as a fully comprehensive guide of how to complete your PSQM submission.

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1. Assessment

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A. A whole school assessment approach [971.96kB]

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B. Assessing and Celebrating Science [2.29MB]

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C. Assessment Opportunities [832.25kB]

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D. Assessment strategies [1.59MB]

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E. Manageable Assessment [836.92kB]

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F. Whole School Assessment [963.93kB]

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2. COMMUNICATING SCIENCE

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A. Communicating Science in Assemblies [672.00kB]

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B. Communicating science through videos [1.08MB]

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C. How we communicate, celebrate and share our science [1.01MB]

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D. Using our website to communicate Science [701.46kB]

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3. CURRICULUM LINKING

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A. Delivering the curriculum in different ways [1.12MB]

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B. How Science has been linked with other curriculum areas [2.47MB]

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4. ENGAGING PARENTS

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A. Capturing parent expertise [909.93kB]

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B. Involving parents in science week [1.10MB]

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C. Three ideas to engage parents [721.48kB]

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5. LINKS WITH THE COMMUNITY / OUTSIDE AGENCIES

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A. Linking with the community to develop our outdoor environment [2.83MB]

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B. Making links with the community [4.56MB]

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C. Makings links with an outside agency [0.99MB]

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D. National project Link - being a real scientist [1.26MB]

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E. Promoting 'science capital' through links with the community [1.21MB]

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6. MANAGING AND USING RESOURCES

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A. Science home sacks [1.00MB]

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7. PLANNING

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A. Effective planning [2.60MB]

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B. Planning development [2.38MB]

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8. PUPIL LED ENQUIRY

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A. A "Science Fair" to promote pupil led enquiry [1.10MB]

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B. Developing independence, choice and challenge through Rich Tasks in Science [1.32MB]

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C. Pupil led enquiry using concept cartoons and other strategies [1.00MB]

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D. Pupils leading their planning for enquiry [1.58MB]

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E. Pupil led science through the topic of space [2.56MB]

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9. PUPIL WORK

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A. Evidence types of pupil work [3.02MB]

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B. Recording through models [1.05MB]

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10. SCIENCE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

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A. Developing the outdoor environment [1.06MB]

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B. Using the outdoor environment [16.72MB]

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11. SUBJECT LEADERSHIP

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A. Continuing Professional Development in Science [1.11MB]

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B. CPD through Science Week [848.33kB]

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C. CPD to develop Teaching and Learning [1.20MB]

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D. Developing Principles of Science Teaching and Learning [2.45MB]

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E. Monitoring strategy [734.11kB]

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F. Providing effective Science CPD for staff [1.29MB]

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G. Science Principles impacting on Teaching and Learning [2.02MB]

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H. Spreading good science principles throughout the cluster [1.58MB]

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I. Strategies for listening to pupils [1.73MB]

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J. Using a Subject Leader Log [686.00kB]

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K. Using our Science Principles [1.89MB]

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L. Using Pupil Voice [760.50kB]

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12. USE OF ICT

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A. ICT used to link to other schools [1.70MB]

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