Monkshouse Primary School understands the need for all pupils to develop their scientific ability as an essential component of all subjects and as a subject in its own right. A solid understanding of scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding helps to support pupils work across the curriculum.
At Monkshouse Primary School we believe that scientific knowledge is built up through the experimental testing of ideas. Science is a practical way for children to find reliable answers to questions which they may ask about the world around them. Through science in our school we aim to:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer questions about the world around them.
- Equip the children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
- Work with increasing independence and confidence.
At school we aim to provide the children with practical learning opportunities, where possible, to help them to understand tricky concepts. Through our cross curricular approach to topic learning, we then try to use and apply our knowledge to solve problems, given a real world context.
We have a strong belief that a strong foundation in science provides the children with the questioning skills to better understand the changing world around them.
COVID 19 has, and will continue to have, an impact upon science learning. Recognising that, the school has made adaptations to suit the current situation.
- The pathways will need to be checked for the year group before when planning. Where a topic or objective has a step that may have been missed due to lockdown closure, this should be addressed within the lesson or as part of catch-up.
- Restrictions upon group testing and experimentation mean that lessons may become more reliant upon teacher demonstrations to prevent risk of cross contamination.
- Any equipment used, including iPads, must be disinfected after use where possible. This can be by immersing in a Milton bath, wipedown with antiviral spray or alcohol wipes. When this isn’t possible as it may damage the equipment it should be quarantined for 48 hours before returning to the shared science area.