Learning Skills for Science

LSS hexagonThe Learning Skills for Science (LSS) programme was first produced at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

The Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP) adapated the LSS programme to be used in the UK, for Key Stage 4 in the first instance. 

The Nuffield Foundation worked in partnership with SEP to develop the LSS project to support skills development at Key Stage 5. 

The LSS approach
Skills such as inquiry, problem-solving, thinking and learning are an integral part of a good science education.

The LSS programme helps teachers to integrate learning skills into the teaching of scientific content. It provides activities to facilitate explicit, guided, and well-planned learning opportunities that foster skills development, focusing on six skill areas:

  • Information retrieval
  • Listening & observing
  • Scientific reading
  • Data representation
  • Scientific writing
  • Knowledge presentation

Together with SEP we developed subject specific LSS activities to support the new Advanced level specifications in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science and Science in Society, and the GCSE science specifications in Twenty First Century Science. 

Further information
At the moment LSS resources are only available to schools who have attended a Learning Skills for Science training course, run by the Science Learning Centres. Go to www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk for dates of training events. 

Also on the web

Further information about Learning Skills for Science is available on the SEP website >>

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