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‘When I grow up I want to be a scientist!’ - infant school pupils inspired by award-winning teachers

PUBLISHED: 11:19 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 13 December 2017

Toftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian Burt

Toftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian Burt

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They may only be little but the next generation of Albert Einsteins and Marie Curies could be emerging from a small mid-Norfolk infant school.

Toftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Pictured with pupils is teacher Kirsty Ponder. Picture: Ian BurtToftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Pictured with pupils is teacher Kirsty Ponder. Picture: Ian Burt

The young pupils at Toftwood Infant School are being inspired to become scientists of the future thanks to the dedication of their teachers who have committed to developing the school’s science teaching and learning.

Now, not only is the school providing its young pupils with the building blocks to potential futures in science, but it has also been given a nationally recognised qualification.

The school has recieved a Primary Science Quality Mark Silver Award which recognises its hard work and commitment to developing its science provision.

The award is recommended by the members of the science community and Ofsted. It helps schools to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science teaching as well as enabling schools to work with each other to share expertise.

Toftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian BurtToftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian Burt

The aim is to raise the profile of science in primary schools and celebrate excellence.

To achieve the award the staff at Toftwood Infant School worked with the pupils’ parents as well as staff and students at Neatherd and Northgate High Schools in Dereham and invited a range of visitors in to enhance the children’s learning and experiences in science.

As a result the children, who range from the ages of four to seven, are more aware of science as a standalone subject in school but also as a possible career they could go into later in life.

One child said: “When I am older I would like to have my own laboratory and be a scientist!”

Toftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian BurtToftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian Burt

Kirsty Ponder, the science subject leader for the school, attended the PSQM awards ceremony in London, to celebrate the school’s success and brought back a certificate to display in the school.

She said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for all of us and really demonstrates how hard we have worked to develop science in our school.

“We are committed to continuing to develop our science provision and to build on the scientific skills the children have already acquired.

“The school is so proud to be inspiring young people to work in the field of science and to enjoy working scientifically which is now a main focus of the science curriculum.”

Toftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian BurtToftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian Burt

Toftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian BurtToftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian Burt

Toftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian BurtToftwood Infant School have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver award. Picture: Ian Burt

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