Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to 200 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 3000 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.
The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science, 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. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science teaching and leadership.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.
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, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
2016 – The school recently received a Bronze award for participation in the Sainsbury School Games Mark Scheme.
A special thanks to Miss Cox for leading the way and helping us to achieve our Silver Sing Up award in March. Feedback about all of the opportunities in school for singing was very positive. Click on the link to find out a few of the things that helped us to achieve the award.
The school is a member of the Get Set network and has demonstrated a commitment to the London 2012 Games. Regular blogs indicate the work we are doing towards preparing the children for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The “Quality in Study Support” mark was achieved by the school in 2011. The school believes that children become more confident when they engage in activities that develop them as rounded individuals. The quality mark highlights the positive impact the school is having on encouraging pupils to engage in such activities and their continued consideration in providing a range of activities to engage pupils across the school. The award acknowledged that the school celebrate the success of pupils outside of school, in sports or creative clubs, through newsletters and achievement assemblies, including providing an opportunity where pupils themselves can feedback about their own successes. The award process enabled the school to look at provision and ensure that it meets the needs / interest of all of the children .
Awarded to school to celebrate the range of different sporting activities that the school provides. This award was gained in 2008.
Currently we are involved in the School Sports Partnership. We are part of a group of local primary schools receiving input from the hub school, St Joan of Arc. Miss Mitchell (PE subject leader) is working closely with St Joan of Arc on many strands of PE. This partnership will provide opportunities for pupils and staff is areas such as gymnastics, tag rugby, cross country and even playtime activities.
In addition to the above, Arnett Hills JMI is working closely with Saracens in the Community. The school has enjoyed assemblies given by Alex Austerbury, a visit from prop Cobus Visagie and Years 3 and 4 have taken part in practical sessions, Year 5 have taken part in fun runs and early morning cheerleading sessions have been held at school. Staff have been put through their paces during tag rugby and multi skills training.
Awareness of healthy eating is also a focus for the children at Arnett Hills. Infants receive a free piece of fruit or veg each day. There is a 3 week rotating menu in which fruit and vegetables figure highly. The school council run a weekly healthy tuck shop.