Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together

The Hayesdown “Will, Skill and Thrill” Curriculum

At Hayesdown First School we aim to develop the “Will, Skill and Thrill” of learning for every child. We provide an ambitious, engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow.

The “WILL” – creating the conditions for learning

Developing the “Will” to learn is to foster the underpinning behaviours and attitudes in children which enable them to be ready to learn and believe that they are learners. Our REACH Values,  Learning Behaviours, Golden Rules and Pupil Voice are all ways of creating the “will” in our curriculum.

The “SKILL” – building and securing knowledge

Developing the “skill” curriculum is about giving children the knowledge to enable them to understand and interpret the world around them. Teaching is progressive and sequenced to enable children to recall what they have learnt, make connections and apply knowledge and skills throughout their learning working towards defined end points.

The “THRILL” – experiencing and engaging in learning

Developing the “thrill” curriculum is about giving children a love of learning and a method of expressing their ideas. We provide pupils with rich learning experiences through our project based curriculum alongside educational visits, residentials, extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities. We want children to have fun at school and talk about their First School years  as being full of memorable experiences.


Children leave Hayesdown with a pride in their achievements and the confidence to take the next step in their learning.  They have the “Will, Skill and Thrill” to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.