At Hempland, we strive to deliver an exciting and ‘hands-on’ Science curriculum which provides opportunities for awe and wonder whilst preparing children for an increasingly scientific and technological world. We encourage knowledgeable and curious young scientists who are keen to ask questions, and explore and investigate the world around them.

How Science links with our school values

Children develop respect through collaborative working and listening to the views and ideas of others.  Through learning about a diverse range of scientists and their scientific work and discoveries, we foster a respect for their achievements in the world that we live in. 
Children have the opportunity to learn Science through a fun, hands on curriculum which is enhanced through focused days, out of school trips and visits from Science experts. This in turn, builds a broader appreciation of the opportunities available to them.  We also raise an awareness that Science can be a career for all through the study of female scientists.
We aim to instil a lifelong love of the subject within all of our pupils and inspire the children to pursue a career in Science. We aim to prepare all children for an increasingly scientific and technological world by developing their skills for learning, life and work in the future.
When carrying out experiments, children are consistently encouraged to “have a go” and are taught the skills and resilience to do so. They develop confidence to adapt their thinking, consider other options and explore new ideas.  They begin to understand “I have not failed; I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison


  • We follow the National Curriculum programmes of study for KS1 and KS2 and Development Matters for EYFS which ensures consistency and progression across all key stages within the strands of Science.
  • The curriculum is taught in the following strands: biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Working scientifically is at the heart of the Science curriculum. Children learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. In every year group children use the 5 types of scientific enquiry which include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing and researching using secondary sources.
  • ‘Hands on’ practical lessons encourage children to develop their scientific skills.
  • Each classroom has a science display with vocabulary and key questions and knowledge.
  • Scientific language is taught and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups and across key stages.
  • Trips and visits from experts enhance the learning experience throughout school.


  • Children will become independent and inquisitive scientists who ask questions about the world and take pride in discovering things for themselves. 
  • Children will develop a deep and lasting curiosity for the world around them alongside a positive attitude towards Science. Their positive experiences in school may motivate them to study the subject further.
  • Children will make good progress in their knowledge and understanding of Science and be able to apply their skills in everyday life.