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WJS have gained the PSQM!

We have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark to celebrate our commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.


The Primary Science 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 leadership, teaching and learning.  Below is the evidence that was assessed to show our commitment to science.

Celebrating our PSQM success

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Curriculum Intent

Our school motto is:

Creative. Caring. Curious.

We make every moment count.


We have embedded our school motto and core values into our Science curriculum. Children are encouraged to have more involvement with the planning of Science lessons to promote togetherness, by thinking creatively and following their interests and curiosity. This ensures that they care about their Science learning and are inspired to have aspirations to study more Science as they become older. We make every moment count and try to incorporate Science learning into every school day to increase Science Capital.

Curriculum Implementation

Science is taught weekly across the school. Our teachers work with the children to plan exciting lessons that the children want to learn, following the National Curriculum.

We use the 5 different types of Scientific enquiry throughout the year and conduct as many experiments as possible to help embed our learning. We also use technology as much as possible to help to take our Science learning all around the World and maybe even into Space! 


We have Science Ambassadors in each class and their role includes:

  • Promoting a love of science.
  • Providing others with help using their own Science knowledge.
  • Promoting the four key principles of Science.
  • Discussing what is good about science in our school.
  • Working with the Science coordinator to make Science lessons better.
  • Challenging misconceptions of who Scientists are and what they do.


Our Science Principles are:-


  • We have child-led, well planned, well-resourced lessons,
  • All children are able to learn.
  • We use ICT to open up the World.
  • Science is seen all around.


To see how the subjects are planned the year and school please click on the link to our Guerrilla Curriculum Long-Term Plan.


To ensure we have skills progression across the school, we have created skills progression ladders:

To ensure the science curriculum is: engaging, planned well and child centred we have mapped the different types of science investigations across the curriculum. Click on the link below to see this.

Science Assembly in school


Science Ambassador Investigation

The Science Ambassadors investigated pupils perceptions of what a Scientist looks like and found that most pupils have a stereotypical image of what a Scientist looks like.

Science in action at Wirksworth Juniors

Websites that can help with the Science curriculum