Approach to Science

The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future


At Salterlee, we use a variety of schemes to best support the teaching and learning of science. Opportunities for working scientifically are embedded into each topic so that in addition to the core knowledge and vocabulary, children are developing skills of observation, investigation and fair testing, classification and data handling.


Assessement for Learning (AfL) in integral to the effective planning, implementation and teaching of science at Salterlee.  We currently use a range of techniques alongside TAP’s tasks (Teacher Assessment in Primary Science) a project based at Bath Spa University.  These practical assessment activities are used mid topic to ensure pupil progression and development of skills and to inform future teaching.  Pupils are formally assessed at the end of each unit using ‘Rising Stars’ assessments.