Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together


At Hayesdown First School, we recognise the importance of Science in everyday life. As a school we strive for our children to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science. We achieve this through immersing and enthusing them in a variety of rich and varied scientific enquiries, enabling them to analyse, conclude and make accurate predictions. We endeavour to offer our children real life and hands on experiences, which ultimately increases their confidence and supports them to be responsible scientists.


At Hayesdown First School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to be ambitious in their learning:

  • To develop a scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of skills linked to biology, chemistry and physics.
  • To develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through a variety of scientific enquiries.
  • To develop essential scientific enquiry skills which help to embed their knowledge.
  • To develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own and other children’s safety.
  • Most importantly- develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery!


RESPONSIBLE: Children take on individual responsibilities for planning, carrying out and evaluating their own experiments.
ENTHUSIASTIC: Children are immersed and engaged in hands on, practical experiences.
AMBITIOUS:  Children are ambitious in their understanding and application of new skills and knowledge.
CONFIDENT:  Children gain confidence in voicing their thoughts and working alongside their peers.
HAPPY & HEALTHY: Children are happy learning practically and becoming their own scientist.


The Curriculum Overview for Science can be found here: Science Curriculum Overview

The Working Scientifically Overview for Science can be found here: Working Scientifically Overview

The Progression Model for Science can be found here: Science Progression Model

Reading at the Heart of our Curriculum:

Science supports our school’s aim to place “Reading at the Heart of Hayesdown” by providing opportunities to read a variety of Scientific texts. Within lessons, children read extracts from Science books, sets of data and explanations of diagrams, allowing the children to see the scientific vocabulary in context. They are encouraged to use these texts to support their understanding and refer back to for vocabulary.