How we Teach Science


A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. 


In Nursery and Reception children are taught Scientific knowledge and skills through 12 progressive Understanding the World units. During their time at crosslee children build upon these schemas, with scientific knowledge becoming part of their long term memory. 


In Key Stage One and Two, we teach Science using 'Science Bug' which is a comprehensive and coherent science programme for today’s curious kids. Science Bug is designed to build the knowledge and skills needed to spark imagination, fuel curiosity, and nurture confident young scientists.Through a challenging and complete curriculum programme from Year 1 to Year 6, Science Bug develops subject knowledge through highly structured domain knowledge in the National Curriculum. It is designed, tested, and proven with kids across the country in a range of settings, and packed with fun, hands-on activities, videos, and animations


We have carefully selected 6 or 7 pieces of essential knowledge and vocabulary for each unit which enables children to build long term memories whilst managing their cognitive load. We expect 100% of children to know 100% this knowledge and so it is rehearsed and revisited throughout the unit. The essential knowledge is given to children on a knowledge organiser along with Scientific Vocabulary.


At the start of each Science lesson, children are given time and questions to enable them to ‘bridge back’ to prior knowledge they have developed in the  past weeks, terms or year groups. This enables children to rehearse and remember previously taught knowledge and skills so they have less chance to be forgotten over time. 


Children are given lots of opportunities for ‘practical activities’ throughout each unit. These practical units allow children to learn how to work scientifically. 


At Crosslee we believe that all children have a right to a good quality education (Art. 28 UNICEF Charter) and should have an opportunity to access the curriculum of their year group so they can become well-rounded citizens. We adapt our curriculum and pedagogy to meet the needs of all of our children, inclusive of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We have developed a toolkit of strategies to support children with difficulties in Cognition and Learning; Social, Emotional and Mental Health; Communication and Language and Physical impairments in order for them to access and progress in Science lessons alongside their peers.


To find out more on your childs Science Units, click on the following links: 

Inclusion in Science

Year 1 Science Knowledge Organisers

Year 2 Science Knowledge Organisers

Year 3 Science Knowledge Organisers

Year 4 Science Knowledge Organisers

Year 5 Science Knowledge Organisers

Year 6 Science Knowledge Organisers


Contact us

Crosslee Primary School

Crosslee Road


Manchester, M9 6TG

0161 795 8493