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City school receives science award
An Aberdeen primary school has been received a national science award to celebrate its commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.
Kaimhill School has received a bronze Primary Science Quality Mark for its efforts to make science fun and engaging for all pupils.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is a joint project led by the University of Hertfordshire in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the network of Science Learning Centres, the Association for Science Education and the Wellcome Trust.
Led by principal teacher and science subject leader Diane Rough, the school carried out a year-long science project which culminated in a science fair. The week-long fair saw pupils of all ages get involved in a wide range of scientific activities and youngsters and staff were invited to swap their school uniforms for mad scientists outfits for a day.
Primary five pupils worked with the school's science technicians to plan the week's activities and invited the rest of the school to get involved with a day-long science fair.
Each pupil also took home a book of science challenges and was asked to work with their parents or carers to carry out some home 'kitchen' experiments.
Deputy head teacher Lisa Williams said: "We are really pleased to have received this award, which gives recognition to the sterling efforts made by everyone at the school to make science accessible, interesting and fun for our pupils.
Mrs Rough added: "We all had a brilliant time during Science Week. The pupils learned a huge amount and thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on aspects of science, carrying out some exciting and colourful experiments and working together as teams. It is very gratifying that the school's efforts have been recognised with the presentation of a bronze award."
Jane Turner, national director of the PSQM programme, said: "Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The standard of the submissions has been extremely high and their content is quite breath-taking. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children and parents should be very proud."