Our science champion is Mrs Rox King.
Along with English and maths, science remains one of the main core subjects in primary school. It can be one of the most exciting and practical subjects and, as a result, is a real joy for teachers and pupils. Children love the chance to learn through being totally hands-on and finding things out for themselves — the perfect way to understand the world around them. A positive primary science experience is also key to encouraging future generations to not only study this at secondary school, but also potentially to follow it as a career.
The content of science teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Within this, certain topics and areas are repeated across year groups, meaning that children may revisit a particular topic in each year of primary school but with increasing difficulty and with a different focus each time.
Alongside these areas runs the 'Working Scientifically' element. This focuses on the skills the children need to become accurate, careful and confident practical scientists. Children are expected to master certain skills in each year group and there is a very clear progression of these set out for each school to refer to.
At Loughton School, we recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects, we understand how it underpins all of the basic knowledge about the world around us and therefore is vitally important to our children’s development; understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics through BIG questions they want to find the answers to. The scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry.
Children will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. During lessons, the children will be immersed in scientific vocabulary, which will aid their knowledge and understanding, not only of the unit they are studying, but of the world around them.
By ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. New vocabulary is explained to support their learning and to allow the children to work independently. The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in science.