The Science Faculty at Launceston College has a fantastic team of teachers, technicians and an HLTA. We are proud of our achievements and are united in our passion for a high quality science education for all students within the college. Science is vital for everyone and all of our lives have been impacted upon, and will in the future, by science and great scientists, discoveries and theories. Indeed, as a team we very much believe in creating scientifically literate students who can go on and affect lives with their scientific discovery and research.
We need science education to secure a strong foundation for a successful and technological society. The new National Curriculum for 2014 sets out why we teach science in schools:
‘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.’
There is an importance of teaching science for understanding. For pupils to achieve well in science, they must not only acquire the necessary knowledge, but also understand its value, enjoy the experience of working scientifically, and sustain their interest in learning it. Students at Launceston College will discover the concepts revealed through observing scientific phenomena and conducting experimental investigations for themselves. Then they are more likely to continue to study science and use that learning for work, for family, and to contribute as informed citizens.
Head of Science Faculty