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Science Intent:

Science‌ ‌teaching‌ ‌and‌ ‌learning‌ ‌at‌ ‌St‌ ‌Martha’s‌ ‌aims‌ ‌to‌ ‌give‌ ‌all‌ ‌children‌ ‌a‌ ‌strong‌ ‌understanding‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌around‌ ‌them‌ ‌whilst‌ ‌acquiring‌ ‌skills‌ ‌and‌ ‌knowledge‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌them‌ ‌to‌ ‌think‌ ‌scientifically‌ ‌and‌ ‌gain‌ ‌an‌ ‌understanding‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌uses‌ ‌of‌ ‌science‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌that‌ ‌surrounds‌ ‌them.‌ ‌ ‌

Scientific‌ ‌enquiry‌ ‌skills‌ ‌are‌ ‌embedded‌ ‌in‌ ‌each‌ ‌unit‌ ‌the‌ ‌children‌ ‌study.‌ ‌These‌ ‌topics‌ ‌are‌ ‌revisited‌ ‌and‌ ‌developed‌ ‌throughout‌ ‌their‌ ‌time‌ ‌at‌ ‌school.‌ ‌All‌ ‌children‌ ‌are‌ ‌encouraged‌ to‌ ‌develop‌ ‌and‌ ‌use‌ ‌a‌ ‌range‌ ‌of‌ ‌skills.‌ ‌These‌ ‌skills‌ ‌include‌ ‌closely‌ ‌observing‌ ‌objects,‌ ‌sorting‌ ‌and‌ ‌grouping,‌ ‌recording‌ ‌data‌ ‌and‌ ‌fair‌ ‌and‌ ‌comparative‌ ‌testing,‌ ‌as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌being‌ ‌encouraged‌ ‌to‌ ‌question‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌around‌ ‌them.‌ ‌

Children‌ ‌are‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌develop‌ ‌links‌ ‌to‌ ‌key‌ ‌scientific‌ ‌individuals‌ ‌looking‌ ‌at‌ ‌their‌ ‌historical‌ ‌and‌ ‌pioneering‌ ‌work‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌ ‌this‌ ‌has‌ ‌impacted‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌current‌ ‌scientific‌ ‌world.‌ ‌ ‌

 

At‌ ‌St‌ ‌Martha’s‌ ‌we‌ ‌try‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌our‌ ‌local‌ ‌environment‌ ‌to‌ ‌enhance‌ ‌learning‌ ‌opportunities‌ ‌using‌ ‌our‌ ‌school‌ ‌setting‌ ‌and‌ ‌local‌ ‌woods‌ ‌for‌ ‌outings,‌ ‌helping‌ ‌to‌ ‌ensure‌ ‌knowledge‌ ‌and‌ ‌scientific‌ ‌enquiry‌ ‌skills‌ ‌are‌ ‌taught‌ ‌jointly,‌ ‌providing‌ ‌a‌ ‌strong‌ ‌foundation‌ ‌and‌ ‌understanding.‌ ‌ ‌

 

The‌ ‌children‌ ‌are‌ ‌also‌ ‌provided‌ ‌the‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌part‌ ‌in‌ ‌scientific‌ ‌competitions‌ ‌and‌ ‌participate‌ ‌in‌ ‌other‌ ‌projects‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌Great‌ ‌British‌ ‌Bug‌ ‌Hunt‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌RSPB‌ ‌Great‌ ‌Bird‌ ‌Watch.‌ ‌This‌ ‌helps‌ ‌to‌ ‌create‌ ‌a‌ ‌real‌ ‌enthusiasm‌ ‌and‌ ‌keen‌ ‌interest‌ ‌of‌ ‌