Science College Status
The Royal Latin School was designated as a Specialist Science College from September 2003. Our status gave us a wonderful opportunity to build on the very strong science foundations that already existed in the school. The additional resources that come into the school enable us to extend opportunities for our own students, for those in our partner schools and for members of our local community, so that everyone will benefit from training, expertise and the enriched curriculum experience that we are able to provide. Our aim, through Science College Status, is to raise levels of achievement in all curriculum areas.
Science College Mission
The mission of the Royal Latin School is to prepare young people to succeed in a rapidly changing world and to make the learning process as happy as possible. As a Science College we will foster in our students academic excellence, not only in science and maths, but across the whole curriculum. We will promote moral, spiritual and personal development; provide a caring and challenging environment; and help our students to become responsible citizens. Our students and staff will be active partners in a learning society with our family of schools and our local community, sharing resources and good practice. As a Science College we will promote an educational culture, which is scientific, technological, enterprising and vocational. Through our innovative practice and imaginative use of ICT in the delivery of the specialist and associated subjects, we will provide models of excellence both within the school and across our community. We will maintain a high post-16 participation rate in the specialist subject areas, and will provide young people with the skills needed to progress into employment, further training or higher education according to their individual abilities, aptitudes and ambitions.
Specialist Science School Community ProjectsAs part of our commitment to increasing the profile of science across North Bucks now that we are a Specialist Science School, The Royal Latin School has conducted a number of community projects during the last few years. Activities have included Science Fairs for Y2 and Y5 students and a series of Mathematics and Science Y6 Master and Improvement classes held after school at the RLS for pupils in our partner schools. Each lesson in the Maths Improvement classes involves material that enable the children to understand concepts that they had previously found difficult using fun and practical-based ideas. Each lesson in the Master classes involves stretching the children's understanding using fun and practical ideas. In addition, we provide modular science resources for loan to local primary schools to aid the teaching of science in KS1 and KS2.
All of the Y2 students from our 17 partner schools have been invited to attend Science Fairs held in our larger Primary Schools (Winslow Combined, Buckingham Primary, Grenville Combined, and Bourton Meadow). The theme of the Y2 fairs was 'Household Science'. These experiments encompassed all aspects of science. Groups of three children were looked after by a sixth former who helped them to get the most out of the day. Each activity (Bath Bombs, Exploding Film Cases, Silly Putty, Water is Strange, Magnets, Electrostatics and Food Dyes) was run by an experienced specialist Science teacher.
All Y5 students from our partner primary schools have been invited to attend Science Fairs held at the RLS. The theme of the Y5 fairs was 'Scientific Questions', and experiments encompassed all aspects of science from Physics to Biology, from Geology to Chemistry. The children recorded their observations in a booklet they could keep as a record of their day. Again, each activity (Chocolate Geology, Bubbles, Fruit Batteries, Light, Fake Snot and Microscopes) was run by an experienced specialist Science teacher and groups of three students were assisted by a sixth former.
The experiments for the fairs were hands-on and completely novel. They were designed to get the students to start thinking for themselves and asking questions that, we hope, they will continue to ask as they look at the world around them.
The Big Bug Show attended the fairs, during which the children got the chance to handle Big Bugs (Giant Millipedes, Spiders and Giant African Snails).
Our hope is that the children, after having attended the day, will want to continue to carry out scientific experiments at home with with their parents or guardians. All of the ingredients for the experiments are readily available from supermarkets or hardware stores. Instructions for the experiments carried out at both Y2 and Y5 fairs can be found by clicking on the links below.
Clicking on the links below will enable you to get a flavour of the Science Fairs we have held thus far.