REDDITCH’S Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School has been awarded the prestigious Silver Space Education Quality Mark, in recognition of its excellent work in teaching space-related science.
It comes as the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing on July 20, 1969.
The Mark was created by ESERO-UK, which supports teachers to open doors for young people from all backgrounds, by delivering world-class teaching in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Alex Brown, European Space Education Resource Office manager at STEM Learning, said: “We are delighted to congratulate Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School on receiving the Silver Space Education Quality Mark.
“Each school and college which receives the Space Education Mark has demonstrated a real and ongoing commitment to excellent STEM education in their school.”
Space science has really blasted off at Mount Carmel, an Ogden Trust school, dedicated to giving youngsters a real taste of the science of physics. Taught by science lead Lorraine Burrows, the pupils have explored the cosmos and earlier this year, during National Science Week, had a visit from seasoned spaceman Steve Swanson who flew two missions on the Space Shuttle and one to the International Space Station.
Lorraine said: “The pupils have been involved in a wide range of space activities including family learning nights, space week and space camp.
“The impact of this has been the development of a shared vision for using Space education to develop children’s enthusiasm for learning across the school.”