We are delighted to confirm Highfield Infants' School has achieved Primary Quality Science Mark (PQSM) at Gold level! This means we are experts in science teaching including acquisition of knowledge, investigation and asking questions. Only 180 schools achieved PSQM and only 17 of those were awarded Gold; we are very proud that Mrs Hayward led us to achieve this nationally recognised status!
At Highfield, we follow the Kent scheme of work which tracks the National Curriculum closely. It has been proven to be a highly successful resource and is used in over 475 primary schools in Kent, having been developed by Andrew Berry, a science specialist. This provides a high-quality science education with foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
We understand that science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We instil this into the children we teach, and ensure it continues into their further education, by fostering longstanding relationships with secondary schools in the borough.
At Highfield, children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes and trends. We plan innovative and engaging lessons, where the children enquire and work together, and understand methods and processes of their investigation.
We do this through a number of methods, which include practical experiments, science club and inspirational guests visiting the school. This includes parents with a scientific background, and special guests such as The Science Museum, or hands on workshops.