Our Christian Values and Distinctiveness, alongside our School Mission Statement of ‘Learning, Growing and Inspiring through God’s Love and Grace’, are at the heart of our curriculum and all that we do at Samlesbury.


At Samlesbury Church of England Primary School, our Science curriculum aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.

We encourage critical thinking and a natural curiosity within the children. The scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school to ensure progression throughout the key stages. Scientific language is to be taught and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups and across key stages.

Evidence of the children’s learning can be found in their Science books in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Forest School visits in Early Years and Key Stage One continue to develop the children’s learning in Science.

The children’s knowledge and understanding are assessed against the 2014 National Curriculum statements for Science. Assessments are based on two areas – scientific knowledge This is both ongoing, to inform future planning, and summative to share with staff, leaders and parents. This ensures the pitch of lessons is well matched to need and that, by the end of each key stage, required content within the National Curriculum is adequately covered to prepare pupils for the next phase.

Our curriculum provides a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that gives children the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world around them. The curriculum shows clear progression across the school and consistent assessments ensure children are achieving well. Children are confident to use scientific vocabulary and are constantly developing their skills within scientific enquiry.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The provision is planned to ensure development in Understanding the World, which occurs daily. In provision, children will explore the world around them, including looking at patterns and change, observing animals and plants and discovering the importance of looking after their environment. Learning will be evidenced within the children’s learning journeys on Tapestry.

National Curriculum

The National Curriculum for Science in Key Stages 1 and 2 can be found here


Curriculum Overview

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