“Science knows no borders, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.”
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
At Leighton, we deeply value the significance of a knowledge-rich science curriculum. Science is more than just an accumulation of facts; it's a discipline of wonder, questioning, and discovery. Grounded in the robust standards of the National Curriculum, our programme not only furnishes our pupils with the knowledge they need but enriches their learning journey with hands-on experiences and experiments. These tangible experiences breathe life into theoretical concepts, making science palpable and genuinely engaging for our young learners.
Adopting a meticulous, small-steps approach, we ensure that knowledge and skills are carefully planned and sequenced in each year, across topics. This strategic progression ensures that by the time our pupils complete their primary education, they are well-equipped and confident, ready to meet the end goals set by the curriculum.
To further amplify their learning, we invite esteemed visitors like the "Mad Scientists", bringing an extra dimension of excitement and discovery to our science classes. Additionally, our affiliation with the 'Developing Experts' scheme is a testament to our commitment to a comprehensive science education. This scheme, chosen for its research-backed methodology, lays equal emphasis on developing substantive knowledge and honing domain-specific skills. Our rationale for adopting 'Developing Experts' is anchored in four pivotal research findings:
Reading Comprehension: It heavily relies on both a broad knowledge base and a vast vocabulary.
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: These capacities are nurtured best when underpinned by broad and deep knowledge.
The 'Savings' Metaphor of Knowledge: Much like an interest-bearing savings account, the more knowledge one accumulates, the faster and more efficiently one learns.
The Early Years' Significance: These formative years are pivotal for building a solid foundation in knowledge and vocabulary.
Moreover, we recognise the profound link between a well-rounded science curriculum and the enhancement of cultural capital. In a rapidly evolving world, an understanding of science shapes informed citizens who are both curious and critical. At Leighton, we aim to empower our pupils with this cultural capital, making them not just recipients of knowledge, but active contributors to our collective future.