There is much evidence showing that children’s interest in science is shaped before they leave primary school. At Loseley Fields, we have produced a science curriculum that is exciting, interesting and challenging. The curriculum aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The curriculum we offer at Loseley Fields is ambitious and aspirational in scope, based on the Core Knowledge curriculum. It extends beyond the requirements outlined in the National Curriculum, enabling them to develop an early, age appropriate understanding of the big questions in science. We see the curriculum as a spiral progression model which has suitable depth and breadth, building on prior experiences and learning to help make sense of new knowledge and skills: this increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this core and procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.
Exploration is a vital part of learning and the teaching and learning of science is done through the use of first-hand practical experiences whenever possible. The children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they observe, using subject-specific vocabulary, which is taught and built upon throughout each topic. They are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of enquiry to answer their questions. These different types of scientific enquiry and the development of enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Children are encouraged to identify which of the five types of enquiry they are using in their work.
Enjoyment of science is further promoted through our outdoor education, which is a major focus of the school and the curriculum we offer. The outdoor classroom encourages active, hands-on enquiries using real life situations. Not only do children enjoy learning outdoors, research shows that taking lessons outside is more effective in terms of engagement, retention and attainment. Our Flourish Programme uses Eco Therapy to support our children in cultivating a growth mindset through planting, nurturing and growing plants within the school grounds with a specialist ecotherapy teacher.
Our purpose-built environmental science classroom is a dedicated science and outdoor learning space, which enhances the opportunities for teaching and learning in science and inspire young scientists of the future. The ‘Field Study Centre’ is used by all children at Loseley Fields for some of their science lessons – giving them an opportunity to wear their own white lab coat and carry out investigations. It is well equipped with a wide range of science equipment and resources and is a real hub for science learning within the school.