At West Lodge, we believe that children should be treated as scientists and as such we aim to stimulate their own creativity and curiosity through use of practical and enquiry-based approaches alongside ensuring that children acquire specific skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically.
The staff at West Lodge ensure that children are exposed to quality first teaching and engaging learning experiences, where children are immersed in subject specific language and develop the confidence in using scientific vocabulary to articulate concepts clearly.
At West Lodge, it our intent that our children are encouraged to explore confidently, and to ask questions which allow them to develop and deepen their understanding of the world in which we live. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, and the future of the world, and are exposed to a diverse range of important scientists whose discoveries have impacted the way that we live. Our aim is that through a range of stimulating and challenging experiences, we will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners.
How we teach Science
When planning Science, teachers consider:
- Opportunities for children to talk and develop reasoning skills;
- The key knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master supported by the use of knowledge organisers;
- A cycle of lessons for each topic, which carefully plans for progression, depth and mastery;
- Where appropriate, organise trips and visits from experts who will enhance the learning experience.
Our subject leader for Science is Mr Beckwith.