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Sandfield Close Primary School

Working with others

Links with other STEM Organisations

Primary Science Teaching Trust

Back in 2012 after a lesson observation Miss Eames became a fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).  She is also an Area and Regional Mentor which ensures that Sandfield is kept up-to-date with all the latest ideas in primary science.  We also run the PSTT Leicester Cluster with a variety of other Leicester schools.

Miss Eames also voluntarily runs and organises the Leicester Primary Science Network to support Leicester’s Science Leaders


Primary Science Quality Mark PSQM    

Sandfield are proud to have 4 PSQM Awards.  We currently hold the Gold Quality Mark and are collecting evidence to re-submit in March 2020.



Ogden Trust Schools Partnership    

We are delighted to be part of the Corby Ogden Trust Partnership

We have benefited from some amazing cpd and resources, Judith Green has also visited on several occasions and performed workshops with the children on particle physics, how to be an astronaut and the difference between hot and cold.



STEM Learning   

Sandfield is proud to work with STEM Learning.  Some of our teachers, including Mrs Dhillon have attended courses both locally and at their national headquarters in York.

Miss Eames is qualified  to lead on their courses and has been asked to speak and hold workshops around the country.

In addition to this STEM Learning asked to come to Sandfield to video our lessons, these were then used to show other teachers how science should be taught.

In 2015 Miss Eames became Primary Science Leader of the Year and in 2017 Sandfield became STEM Primary School of the Year.


Food For Life    

Sandfield has their bronze Food for Life and is busy doing more

Curriculum cooking to enable us to get our silver award.



This is an amazing website, at the beginning the Wellcome Trust came to video some of our teachers teaching the lessons to the children.  Most teachers use the website at least once a week.


The Royal Society Brian Cox School Experiments   

At the present from Sept 2018-2019 Sandfield are working with the Royal Society on a Partnership Grant with the University of Leicester ‘ Microscopic to Telescopic – just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it is not there.’    The videos we filmed with Brian Cox are used to help teachers teach science.


Borrow the Moon from STFC  

Sandfield worked with the National Space Centre to trial there new activities.  We have a request in to Borrow the Moon later this year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Man landing on the Moon.


STEM Ambassadors  

Miss Eames is a STEM Ambassador and has been involved in the Polar Explorer Programme.  We have also benefited from visits by STEM Ambassadors, particularly those from Leicester’s Astronomical Society.


Space Camp   

Sandfield received funding from the SHINE charity to buy tents and equipment to run Space Camp Sleepovers at Sandfield.  We have now done 16 of these and have begun to do Eco Camp Sleepovers with Year 2.


Space Education Quality Mark  

Sandfield renewed their Gold Space Education Quality Mark in summer 2018.  We are committed to using Space as cross curricular context to increase both the children’s and staff’s Science Capital.


Eco Schools  

Sandfield renewed their Green Flag last summer 2018 and will renew again next year 2020, but we will still run a multitude of Eco Clubs; litter picking, grow your own grub, Energy, Recycling and Fairtrade Group


Fairtrade School  

Sandfield are delighted to have gained their FairAware certificate,

FairActive and FairAchiever Award.  We are due to renew this in 2020.


Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots  

We are proud to be part of the Roots and Shoot’s educational programme championed by Jane Goodall.

Polar Explorer Programme  

In 2017-2018 we were delighted to take part in the Polar Explorer Programme when we learnt about climate change and about the RSS David Attenborough.


Royal Society Young Persons Book Prize  

Sandfield has been fortunate to take part and produce a couple of videos for this.  We have benefited from looking at and reviewing the non-fiction books.


Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT   

Not only do we have trainee teachers from Leicester SCITT but Miss Eames has taught the primary science strand to the Early Years and Primary trainees since 2012.


Scarabeus Aerial Theatre  

For the second year running Sandfield are pleased to be working with Scarabeus.  Teaching physics in an innovative and unusual way.


Grow your own potatoes  

Sandfield has benefited from free potatoes every year for the last few years so we can help our children learn about growing and eating healthily.



Leicester City Football Club’s Community Trust Premier League Primary Stars 


During the Spring and Summer 2018 Miss Eames was seconded to LCFC Community Trust to produce a series of primary science lessons that used football and space as a context for teaching working scientifically.  These will be showcased at  Primary Science Education Conference PSEC 2019 in Edinburgh and again at Science on Stage 2019 in Portugal.