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 Map 2018-2019
British Science Week 2019 — 8-17 March
The theme for this year’s British Science Week is ‘journeys’, encouraging young people to think about the different scientific journeys that happen everyday and how they can discover science through their own lives and experiences. It is also a chance for young people to consider how journeys can help us experience more of the world around us.
- Download the activity packs: Primary Pack and Early Year Pack for a large range of activities and ideas.
- Take part in a citizen science project: Last year’s project partnered with The Plastic Tide. Watch THIS space for details of the 2019 citizen science project.
- Organise an event: Whether you are embracing the full science week in your school, or a single event, use this page to guide you through the process.
- You don’t have to run an event to be involved in British Science Week. Check out what events are on in your area using Science Live.
- Other events will also be organised, such as a virtual running race through oceans…keep an eye on the British Science Week website for further information.
Year 3 classes will be visiting the South London Botanical Institute to learn more about plants as part of their Science topic.
During their visit they will learn more about The amazing world of food plants – Children will have the opportunity to explore an exciting variety of food plants, which grow in our beautiful botanical garden, raising awareness about where much of our everyday food comes from. They will observe pollinators and discover the importance they play in plant reproduction and ultimately food production.
Children will scavenge for a range of plant material, making it a fun outdoor experience.
A hands-on microscope session will allow children to explore and identify different parts of a flower, understanding the science of botany and taking a closer look at seeds and the flowers’ fascinating seed dispersal mechanisms.
Curriculum links – Science
During their visit they will also take part in a workshop on Plants and will be able to :-
- Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
- Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
- Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal
They will be experts on their return and put their new skills to our school garden
Visit Walworth Academy
A huge thank you to Walworth Academy for inviting EMS for science demonstrations. The children were delighted with seeing magnesium and gunpowder burn, all from the safety of the glasses given. Secondary school looks very interesting!
Dr Jasmine from Pro Education visited EMS, and enthralled both teachers and children alike! We were entertained with square bubbles, a light show, fire and defying gravity. What a wonderful end to Science Week!
Wild Science Visit EMS!
Wild Science visited EMS on Monday, bringing a range of animals for the younger children to handle. Trevor the snake, the rabbit and bearded dragon were very popular.
They discussed the different textures, patterns and temperatures of the animals.
Off to a flying start!
Science week 2018 started with a bang – or with flying feathers ! – as all the children were treated to a bird display. They learnt about habitats, adaptation to environment and experienced the birds flying. Thank you to the Birdman from Eagle Heights for such an interesting day!
Making Silly Putty
The children have been working very hard and made some ‘silly putty’, which is actually a non-Newtonian liquid!
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!
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.
- Walworth Academy
The following are links to interesting websites you can use at home:
Year 3 are studying rocks and soil as part of their Science topic, they have created a lovely display
Outside Science Gallery
Please click on the thumbnails for a larger view: