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The Subject Leader is: Mr T. Rush



At Fairhaven Primary School, our vision is to develop children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. By strengthening the children’s scientific knowledge, investigative and practical skills and their ability to make enquiry we aim to develop a culture of independence, self-discipline and a deep-rooted love of learning.


We aim to make our Science curriculum as engaging and practical as possible to give the children the best opportunity to maximise their learning potential, whatever their preferred learning style.


When our children talk about Science at Fairhaven Primary School we want their words to be full of enthusiasm and excitement.



Click the link to view the National Curriculum for Science document that outlines the skills learned throughout Key Stage 1 and 2.


Our robust curriculum has been designed to ensure a full and comprehensive coverage of all the statutory skills as well as providing opportunities for children to take their learning beyond the curriculum by attending science-themed school visits, engaging in exciting workshops and embarking on projects of research and self-discovery.




Science in Key Stage 1 at Fairhaven aims to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them. They are encouraged to be inquisitive by asking questions and to discuss their observations. They are introduced to simple scientific language and with this vocabulary trained to form simple explainations as to why things happen. The children's learning, throughout Key Stage 1, is taught heavily through practical investigation with age appropriate theory taught alongside it.




In Key Stage 2 the children's knowledge and skills are developed by building on those concepts taught at Key Stage 1 in a progressive and timely manner. Throughout the learning journey in Key Stage 2 the children are taught to think like scientists, whereby they ask questions, hypothesise, plan and carry out investigative work and finally conclude their findings. We encourage our children to think outside the box and to challenge what they already know and the work of others. Through the exploration of famous scientists our children learn to see science in the real world and to understand where some of our most common every-day objects originate. The children's learning, throughout Key Stage 2, is taught through a balance of practical and theoretical activities that are supported by extra-curricular experiences that extend beyond the classroom.


British Science Week 2022


March 2022

Thank you to everyone who helped to make British Science Week at Fairhaven Primary a huge success. The projects made for our science fairs were outstanding and the children said they had the most enjoyable time making things at home, exploring real-world applications of science in lessons and taking part in whole-school competitions.


Feedback from our pupil voice questionnaires will be published shortly.


February 2022


I am thrilled to announce that British Science Week 2022 is fast approaching and at Fairhaven Primary School we will be celebrating the wonders of Science through a range of exciting activities, whole school competitions and the return of Fairhaven's Science Fair.


COVID restrictions, over the past two years, have sadly prevented us from celebrating the occasion in our usual way. This year, however, we will be welcoming back a little more normality and our events can begin again.


British Science Week runs from 11th-20th March. All classes throughout the school will be exploring new and interesting concepts and ideas during their Science lessons that centre around this year's theme of GROWTH. They will also have the chance to enter our "Design a Scientist's Lab Coat" competition, organised by Bayer Global - a leading organisation in Science innovation.



Following the success of our first science fair back in 2019. We have decided to run this exciting event again this year. The Science Fair allows children to be explorers, innovators and creative individuals by exploring current issues and topics in world science.


Design a Scientist's Lab Coat Competition


Challenge: Design an exciting, innovative and attractive lab coat that reflects this year's theme of FOOD WASTE.


What to do:

  1. Get a lab coat entry sheet from your teacher.
  2. Design and draw your lab coat.
  3. Return your completed design to your teacher by Friday 25th March.


More information on this can be found by downloading the instructional documentation below.

Science Fair


The theme of this year's Science Fair is GROWTH.


Children in KS1 and KS2 will have been briefed on what our upcoming Science Fair, held in school between 11th-20th March, will entail. The science fair is an excellent event where all children have the opportunity to think scientifically about current issues in the world of science. They will produce something around the annual theme of GROWTH. This could be anything from a display poster, a digital presentation, a 3D craft model or anything that conveys their message.


For more information, please check your email inbox as all parents should have received a letter outlining what we will be doing during Science Week at our school. You can also view the presentation the children have been shown by clicking on the link below. This also includes example projects that were made for the 2019 Science Fair. You may want to use this for inspiration for your own models/projects.


Good Luck!

British Science Week 2021

Baylab Poster Competition


We have signed up to Bayer UK's annual poster competition. Bayer UK is a free laboratory service for school children, based in Reading. Every year they host a national competition where children are invited to design a new lab coat for a scientist. The winning entry will receive a prize for their school. This year the prize is a set of lab coats for the winning school as well as a range of other prizes. To enter, you must design a lab coat using the template below. Once it's complete, hand it in to your school before Friday 21st March.






Assessment in Science