Science award for Strathallan Prep School

STRATHALLAN Prep School has been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM).

The accreditation recognises the quality of science teaching at the preparatory school in Perthshire.

Pupils have been receiving science talks from palaeontologists, an oil engineer, dental students from the University of Glasgow, and a bird breeder.

Clare Angus, head of prep school science, said: “The journey to achieving this award involved a year-long process, during which our pupils have been fostering their scientific minds.

“We’ve been helping our junior pupils appreciate how science is relevant to everyday life through exciting experiments from hatching chickens and making ice-cream in class to taking part in environmental workshops and national challenges that push their capacity to learn.”

She added: “Our pupils have had trips to Dundee Science Centre and visited a mobile planetarium, enriching the science they’ve been able to explore.

“My hope is that they understand that science doesn’t just start when they enter the classroom, it’s all around them wherever they go.”

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 has made everyone aware of the impact of science on our daily lives.

“Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us healthy and safe.

“Schools that have achieved a PSQM have demonstrated a significant commitment to science teaching and learning, even at this challenging time for schools.”

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