Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It engages learners in many ways.  Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life.

In our science lessons children are encouraged to ask questions about what they observe, to test their own ideas and to look for explanations. Whilst teaching new concepts, we help children to develop skills and strategies which, in time, will give them access to further areas of knowledge.

We teach Science through:

  • Planning investigations.
  • Carrying out experiments including whole class teacher-led demonstrations and experiments carried out independently, in pairs or in small groups
  • making and justifying predictions.
  • understanding and using scientific language.
  • recording observations and results and findings in a variety of ways including drawings, diagrams, writing, charts or graphs).
  • interpreting and analysing results
  • asking and answering scientific questions.
  • extended writing opportunities.
  • Use of Computing, video clips and images.
  • exploring the outdoor environment

Science Curriculum 2017-18

Healthy Food Tasting Time!

English Martyrs now has an edible playground, we’re growing plants for the children to eat! In the pictures below, Year 1 and 2 have been tasting a variety of healthy foods! Which one was their favourite?

Healthy eating and the new garden will become embedded in our school’s curriculum we will have gardening champions so all children will be involved in the garden.  Despite there being potentially some problems in having a two site school we are now proud to say that we have two beautiful gardens on each site and two greenhouses for propagation.  The whole process from seed to plate will shared with our children. 

Let’s get growing!

SCIENCE WEEK 13th-19th March 2017

The theme for this year’s British Science Week is “Change”, encouraging young people to think about and investigate the changes happening in the world all around us; from seasons and climate, to materials and energy. It is also a chance for young people to consider the changes they can enact to have a positive impact on the future.

We have many exciting activities planned throughout the week, a poster competition and prizes to be awarded, a visit from the Science Wizard for Years 1 – 5, investigation day – children to have a hands on experiment day and to record the investigation – key areas are prediction and evaluation. Outside classroom learning, prepare the school garden plot for planting-observe and record changes of their plants.

Please see link below for more information and ideas of what the pupils will be taking part in.

Science Week 2017 – Early Years Resources Pack

Science Week 2017 – School Resources Pack

Science Visits

Every year different year groups go on science related trips to further learn and explore different aspects of what they are learning in class. 

Examples of recent visits are visits to:

  • Southwark Recycling Discovery Centre
  • South London Botanical Institute
  • The Science Museum,
  • The Planetarium in Greenwich,
  • The Natural History Museum.

Science visitors

From time to time we also invite visitors for science presentations in school.  Recent presentations included:

  • Workshops by Shell Education on Forces, Circuits and materials.
  • The Animal Man workshops – an opportunity for children from different year groups to learn about and handle some unusual creatures like tarantulas, snakes etc.
  • Science Boffins…First

Useful links

The following are links to interesting websites you can use at home:

Outside Science Gallery

Please click on the thumbnails for a larger view: