Langwarrin Primary School recognises the importance of students learning science and place a high teaching priority on teaching this subject area across the school from Prep to Year 6. A specialist science program using ‘Primary Connections’ and the Victorian Curriculum has been developed to ensure our students are well prepared for their transition to secondary school and continue to learn in this important area of the curriculum for the 21st Century.
Learning about Science enables students to experience the excitement of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them. In doing this, students develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods.
Our programs assists students to prepare for life in the future, they need to be skilled in understanding science to help them make informed choices about contemporary challenges, such as climate change, health, sustainability and energy use. Our students will also need to understand how to ‘act like a scientist’, to develop new technological innovations to increase future productivity.
Using the Victorian Curriculum Guidelines for Science LPS aims to ensure that students develop the following skills:
∙ develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics and earth science
∙ develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
∙ are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
∙ enable pupils to make decisions about the uses and values of scientific work and achievements
∙ enable pupils to develop an understanding and respect for the natural world
∙ enable pupils to question, hypothesise, test and discover for themselves about our world.
∙ develop the skills required to investigate the world around them.
STEM and INQUIRY
At LPS we aim to provide students with a rich learning environment where links to science, technology, engineering and maths are made through the application of hands-on and practical activities and projects. Through participation in regular STEM-inquiry lessons, we want our students to:
be interested in and understand the world around them
engage in discussions about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
question claims made by others about scientific matters
be able to identify questions, investigate and draw evidence-based conclusions
make informed decisions about the environment and their own health and wellbeing
develop their ability to think scientifically and mathematically.