Part of the Glyn Academies Trust


Coverage of the Curriculum

At Hillcroft we follow the new national curriculum for primary science. Our pupils learn about many different aspects of science including the natural world, forces, electricity, changes of state and materials. We always teach the subject in ‘real world’ contexts which demonstrate how science affects and enhances our daily lives. We teach our pupils how to think scientifically about the world around them and to question what they see.

Approaches to Teaching Science

Science is an awe-inspiring, mind blowing subject and we ensure that it is taught in that way. Instilling a sense of wonder and amazement in our pupils at the scientific marvels which surround us is at the heart of what we do. We apply a child-led, enquiry based approach to science teaching. As much as possible our pupils design and lead their own investigations and experiments. We believe passionately that our pupils learn the most about science when they are challenged to explore and discover things for themselves. Outdoor learning is a vital part of our pupil’s scientific experience and we make extensive use of our grounds and the surrounding area to teach the subject.   

We have outstanding science resources at Hillcroft. We have a partnership with the Ogden Trust and have our own Phiz Lab, a dedicated science room, including our very own 8inch Dobsonian telescope! Our grounds are a tremendous resource, which provide innumerable opportunities for learning about science. We have developed a ‘Darwin Garden’. This is a recreation of Darwin’s garden at Down House and consists of 10 interactive zones all themed around his life and work. The garden has been endorsed by the Darwin Trust and we are the only school in the world with this fantastic facility.

Hillcroft is exceptionally lucky to have an innovative Science Leader who has won a Primary Science Teaching Award and supports other schools within the GLF Academy chain.

Special Science Curriculum events

An exciting programme of science themed events take place throughout the year at Hillcroft. These include:

  • regular science open evenings during which children and parents get to do lots of hands on experiments
  • star gazing evenings using the school’s telescope when the skies are clear
  • space camps
  • special science weeks
  • science themed days like our Darwin Day which was held to celebrate the opening of our Darwin Garden.
  • Annual Science Fair