At Low Furness, we aim to foster our children’s natural curiosity about the world around them. We also want to embrace their sense of awe and wonder in order to guide them into becoming enquiry-based learners.
Scientific enquiry skills are embedded into each topic that the children study. These topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school so they can build on their knowledge and skills to embed their learning.
Low Furness has developed links with the Barrow Engineering Partnership (BEP) to support and promote Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) within school. We work closely with the BEP to raise the overall profile of engineering in our local area, enrich STEM attainment and encourage a greater number of our children to consider careers in engineering and therefore increase their chances of employment in our local engineering town in the future. Low Furness annually attend the Furness STEM show which is a fantastic educational event with interactive STEM demonstrations and activities. It is supported by a wide range of local STEM businesses; colleges and universities including BAE Systems, Siemens, Oxley, GSK, Furness College, Kendal College, The University of Cumbria, Lancaster University making it a fantastic networking opportunity.
Children have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 and they use various programmes of study and resources. Each class follows a curriculum which builds skills upon the previous academic year’s learning. In Early Years, Science is taught by children learning about the world around them and learning through play. We make use of our fantastic outdoor space daily during continuous provision and forest school sessions. The outdoor learning environment lends itself to exploring seasonal change, using and discovering properties of materials, plants, habitats and many more scientific units laid out by the National Curriculum.