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Roseacres Primary School in Takeley wins Gilt Primary Science Quality Mark award for its science teaching




Takeley's Roseacres Primary School is celebrating after being awarded the Gilt Primary Science Quality Mark.

It took part in the programme run by the University of Hertfordshire's School of Education and the Primary Science Teaching Trust, which aims to develop the subject in the classroom. A total of 160 schools around the country were awarded the mark, but Roseacres was one of only 38 to achieve gilt standard.

Teacher Natasha Whates, science lead at the school, said: "There was a clear love for science already among the children, but through embarking on this award, my plan was to enhance the enthusiasm for science, as well as develop other skills such as scientific enquiry and outdoor learning.

Roseacres Primary School, Takeley. The school has been awarded a Gilt Mark for it's Science teaching. Teacher Natasha Whates with pupils out bug hunting as part of their science lesson. Pupils l-r: Miley 9, Isla 10, Harriet 10 and Luca 7. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (38732321)
Roseacres Primary School, Takeley. The school has been awarded a Gilt Mark for it's Science teaching. Teacher Natasha Whates with pupils out bug hunting as part of their science lesson. Pupils l-r: Miley 9, Isla 10, Harriet 10 and Luca 7. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (38732321)

"It was wonderful to see children further engaging with great science learning both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards the subject as well as securing scientific understanding and skills."

In spite of the interruption to schooling as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the school has achieved a lot this year through its participation in the programme.

Miss Whates added: "We've run separate KS1 and KS2 science clubs and provided additional science specific training for teachers. We're very proud of our achievements and I look forward to maintaining and building on this high standard of science at Roseacres Primary School in the years to come."



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