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JIS receives PSQM Silver award

THE Jerudong International School (JIS) has announced that it has been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) at Silver Level by the Primary School Quality Mark scheme in the UK.

This award is a great reflection on the Science education provided at JIS delivered from Nursery to Year 6 and led by Junior School Science coordinator Lynsay Scott, who is also the Osprey Boarding Housemistress, a press release said.

Junior School Headteacher Paul Bannister expressed, “I’m extremely pleased and proud that the work our staff and children put into making learning exciting, relevant and challenging has been recognised.

“This is a great reflection of the excellent Science provision taking place across the whole Junior School and the way we engage the children in exploring learning for themselves.

“Our facilities are fantastic, but it is the way the staff and children use them that makes the learning so amazing.”

A science lesson with Lynsay Scott, Junior School Science coordinator and Osprey Boarding Housemistress.

A science lesson with Lynsay Scott, Junior School Science coordinator and Osprey Boarding Housemistress.

In the Junior School at JIS, students from Nursery to Year 4 learn Science with their class teachers, with access to a dedicated laboratory for Years 3 and 4, while Year 5 and Year 6 students have Science lessons with specialist teachers in the laboratories.

A range of learning approaches are used by staff when delivering their Science curriculum and the local environment is used at every opportunity to make the children’s learning relevant.

JIS endeavours to provide a rich, hands-on practical approach interspersed with discussions to promote further questions to be investigated.

The JIS Eco Forest area is also a place that offers all of the young learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence as well as self-esteem through the hands-on learning experiences gained in a natural environment.

In the unique setting of Brunei, the establishment of an Eco Forest area supports the development of a relationship between learners and the surrounding natural world.

The PSQM award celebrates the development and commitment to excellence in Science teaching and learning in primary schools. Since its national launch in 2010, over 2,000 schools across the UK have received this award.

The PSQM is led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

Borneo Bulletin | January 23, 2017