Downham Feoffees Primary Academy Awarded for ‘Excellence in Science Teaching’

Downham Feoffees Primary Academy has become one of just 160 schools across the country to be recognised for its excellence in science.

The school, which is part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), was awarded a Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) for its teaching and learning in the subject.

Downham Feoffees Primary Academy’s Principal, Susan Jaques, said the award recognised the hard work, commitment and dedication of Downham Feoffees’s teaching staff. 

Susan said, “At Downham Feoffees Primary Academy, we believe that science is a fundamental part of everyday life; it is about exploring, investigating and discovering in order to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding about the world in which we live, through communication, application, investigation and observation.”

“We are absolutely delighted with this award and hope it attracts even more future scientists to our wonderful Academy we have here in Little Downham.” 

Rachel Taylor, Science Lead at Downham Feoffees Primary Academy, added, “Our pupils are introduced to a range of resources and scientific vocabulary which keeps learning engaging and enjoyable.”

“We strive for our children to enjoy and make new scientific discoveries, inspiring them and equipping them with the skills to shape how we live in our rapidly changing society.”

“Outside of the classroom, we have been working hard to provide different learning opportunities which further develop and extend participation in and enjoyment of a range of science-based activities. For example, children visited our forest school site, St. Leonard’s Church grounds, Little Downham’s Conservation Area and Pingle Wood which all supported and widened learning.” 

Three other CMAT primary schools also achieved the PSQM – Sawtry Junior Academy, in Sawtry; West Town Primary Academy in Peterborough; and Bar Hill Primary School, near Cambridge.

Associate professor Jane Turner, PSQM national director, said, “The coronavirus pandemic has made everyone aware of the impact of science on our daily lives and primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us healthy and safe.”

“The profile and quality of science 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, Principles, children, parents, carers and Academy Councillors should be very proud.”

Downham Feoffees Primary Academy is located in the picturesque village of Little Downham and currently has places available for some year groups for the academic year 2020/21. For further information about Downham Feoffees, please visit the academy’s website downhamfeoffees.org  or contact the office on: office@downhamfeoffees.org  Alternatively, please call the office on 01353 699325 during term time.

Press release from Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust

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