There is much evidence showing that children’s interest in science is shaped before they leave primary school. At Loseley Fields, children are able to enjoy hands-on, practical science in our wonderful, purpose built Field Study Centre. The Field Study Centre@ Loseley is home to a bespoke science room and outdoor learning space filled with a wide range of science equipment and technology. We are also lucky to have a dedicated Eco-Education Assistant, who provides specific support to our science lessons; setting up equipment and ensuring that every lesson inspires our young scientists of the future. The Field Study Centre is used by all children at Loseley Fields and is a real hub for science learning within the school.
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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.
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