a high-quality Science education. With practical investigations at the heart of the curriculum, we create a ‘hands on, mind on’ approach allowing children to learn through questioning, exploration, analysis and explanation.
Our Science curriculum is also underpinned by the understanding of: we are ‘Global Citizens’ and commit to the 17 Global Goals set by the UN to be reached by 2030. Through Science lessons, we make ourselves aware of our impact on the world around us and consider ways in which we can contribute towards achieving some of these goals – in hope for a better future for our planet and all its inhabitants.
Click below for a more detailed outline of the INTENT, IMPLEMENTATION and IMPACT of Science at English Martyrs'.
Science at English Martyrs' October 2021
Sorsum Corda Science Leaders Inset Day
On the 20th of September 2021, English Martyrs' hosted a collaborative Science training day for colleagues from schools across the city! This day was led by Mrs Kermalli (Science Lead) and Kate Redhead from the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). It proved to be a fantastically useful day of networking and sharing of resources across schools - attendees left feeling enthused and empowered to raise the profile of this core subject (amongst children and staff alike) in their settings.
Y4's Trip to the Martineau Gardens
Y4 enjoyed exploring real life habitats of local species and had a ‘hands-on’ experience. They were able to learn about local wildlife and compare the environment to that of our school. For many, it was their first experience of orchards and woodlands - they considered ways in which these natural areas are to be respected and taken care of. In addition, learning about habitats in the real world was an eye opener - pupils were able to realise the impact of human activity on the homes of a range of creatures and consider ways in which they can change their behaviours.
Click below to find images of the fantastic day out!
Below are a few links you may find useful:
1) Question prompts to use as a family...You can start within your current year group and revise questions from the year groups below too!
2) Some super games and activities here - enjoy!
Hello everyone! Hope and pray you are all well, safe and happy. My daughters have had a super time creating balloon racing cars and then competing with each other to see which car travels the fastest, or furthest. The items needed for this activity would usually be recycled, so you are actually re-using waste items and turning them into fun toys! You may even pick up a little science and engineering along the way . I have attached a video and an information sheet to support you. I would love to see your creations - photographs and videos are welcome!
On Tuesday 10th March 2020, to celebrate British Science Week, we were excited to have a life-size marine wildlife roadshow coming in to school. The aim was to engage the children in discussions over plastic pollution and climate action. Many interesting facts on species diversity were explored and the huge impact that plastic pollution is having on the marine environment was shared.
We intended for our pupils to understand the science, know the reality and be inspired to take action by reducing human impact on our planet. This relates well to the UN Global Goals (GG) for Sustainable Development - GG 13: Climate Action and GG 14: Life Under Water – understanding these will support pupils to see themselves as global citizens with responsibilities towards the environment.
At the end of the day, parents were invited in to experience the life-size marine inflatables and hear about the day from our Science Ambassadors (pupils) as well as Andy Peters – the expert!
Take a look at some photographs from the workshop and the fantastic work our children produced!
The Great Science Share - Pioneered in Manchester - Making a Difference UK-Wide
This year we have had the honour of taking part in 'The Great Science Share' which is a national programme of events designed to inspire young people into Science and Engineering. This satellite science-fair-style event was held at the Nelson Mandela school and involved 6 other local schools. Our children represented English Martyrs' really well, especially when facilitating others to participate in their experiments.
Every school was asked to come up with 2 investigations that they could set up and help others to explore...
Year 6's Question: Does a layer of fat really keep the cold out?
A messy, buttery experiment to prove the theory of blubber acting as insulation!
Year 4's Question: Can you put a skewer through a balloon without popping it?; Can you put a skewer through a water-filled bag without getting wet?
A super exciting challenge - not only was it fun to have a go at, but our children explained the science behind it articulately using all the right scientific vocabulary!
We have been really fortunate to be involved in the Polar Explorer Programme launched by STEM Learning (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) which encourages and supports schools who are keen to raise aspirations and attainment in STEM subjects and aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
In 2014, the Government announced a £200 million investment for a new polar research ship. The RRS Sir David Attenborough will enable world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic for the next 25 years.
With funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) STEM are using the build, launch and operation of RRS Sir David Attenborough to bring an exciting new context to the teaching of STEM subjects.
Schools will gain the support of a Polar Ambassador, a specially selected STEM professional, who will help to enrich the teaching of STEM subjects in primary schools.
Thank you to Dr Simon Sheriden (specialist in Space Science) - our STEM Ambassador - who has supported us this year during exciting Science events.