Science at Battle Hill enables all children to develop a deep understanding of the world around them and their place in it. Our teaching prepares children for an ever-changing world by broadening aspirations and nurturing their natural curiosity, while developing life-long skills. As pupils learn about science, they also learn about its uses and significance to society and their own lives. They learn about the significant contribution that science has made in the past and about the continuing importance of science in solving global challenges.​ ​Our Science curriculum is inclusive and challenges pervasive stereotypes about gender and STEM.

Principles of Science Education at Battle Hill

Our science curriculum structure is designed so disciplinary knowledge builds over time and knowledge is ordered allowing pupils to see how it is connected. The use of retrieval practice gives the children the opportunity to revisit topics regularly, in order to lead to changes in long term memory and therefore deeper learning.

We do this through:

  • Reference to ASE Plan materials
  • Building on knowledge and understanding
  • Contextual teaching – science careers and real world context is used to broaden aspirations and showcase the relevance of Science to all
  • Practical work and application of knowledge – to enhance learning and prepare children with the skills they need to support future education and careers
  • Close work with NUSTEM, developing scientist of the future
  • Use of the Primary Career Tool (PCT) to broaden children’s knowledge of careers in STEM
  • An enjoyable, creative and child centred approach

Staff receive regular opportunities for teacher training and development, and access to Battle Hill Science forums within school.


The Science Curriculum at Battle Hill Primary allows children to

  • Think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that brings
  • Work with confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations
  • Develop scientific knowledge and understanding and then demonstrate this in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings
  • Use originality, imagination and innovation in the application of skills
  • Opportunities to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork
  • Develop a passion for Science and other STEM subjects and its application in past, present and future technologies

Our children have broadened aspirations and challenge pervasive stereotypes about gender in Science and other STEM subjects.