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
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British Science Week 2020 — 6-15 March
The theme is Our Diverse Planet:
Science Week is to raise awareness, spark enthusiasm and celebrate science.
Our world is a rich one, with a range of temperatures, lands and water. On these areas live a wild variety of life, including animals, plants and ourselves.
During Science week at English Martyrs’ we have arranged for two special visitors to our school, Wild Science, who will be bringing some animals from different environments to help pupils learn more on various habitats etc and Education Group showing how different we are from a forensic point of view.
Please feel free to download the activity packs, they have lots of fun activities for your child, and even yourselves!
It will be an exciting week at EMS!
Wild science are visiting with some special animals for us to see and Forensic science will be here to show us how exciting science is.
Science Week Competition
There will be another exciting competition to celebrate Science Week this year. Our competition this year links to the topic Our Diverse World. Children have to do a little research to find out about different animals!
As usual, there are prizes for each phase group. Good luck!
Year 3 classes have visited the South London Botanical Institute to learn more about plants as part of their Science topic.
During their visit they discovered more about The amazing world of food plants – Children were given the opportunity to explore an exciting variety of food plants, which grow in the beautiful botanical garden, raising awareness about where much of our everyday food comes from. They observed pollinators and discover the importance they play in plant reproduction and ultimately food production.
Children scavenged for a range of plant material, making it a fun outdoor experience.
A hands-on microscope session allowed 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 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 were experts on their return and put their new skills to our school garden
Walworth Academy Visit
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!
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: