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Science Overview

Our vision is that children at Havelock will develop a secure understanding of the world around them through a high-quality curriculum in which disciplinary knowledge is embedded within the substantive content. Children will learn and discover through engaging in practical investigations and challenging opportunities, which will encourage them to work scientifically. Through developing a sense of excitement and curiosity, we hope to create young scientists who are inquisitive, highly motivated and reflective. We aspire to ensure pupils understand the current implications of science in their lives and for the future.


Children learn the threshold concepts and also the skills to become a future scientist. Each unit starts with a Big Question and through focusing on Mini Questions every lesson, pupils investigate and build on prior knowledge to answer each question. Practical activities are paramount where investigations are completed for every unit, including aspects where pupils must hypothesise, predict, discuss their method and analyse results for their conclusions.

Science at Havelock

 Typically, teachers have good subject knowledge. This is evident, for example, in the manner in which they question pupils to check their understanding of what is being taught.” 

 Ofsted November 2018 



At Havelock Primary School, our children learn the fundamental skills required in science to develop an understanding of the world around them. By giving them challenging opportunities to learn and discover through practical investigations that stimulate open discussion and questioning, we create highly motivated, independent, and curious young scientists.  


At the end of Year 6, pupils at Havelock Primary School will have:  

  • An understanding of the importance of how science has changed our lives;  
  • Understand how vital science is to the world’s future prosperity; 
  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding; 
  • Develop and reason their thoughts; 
  • Develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena; 
  • Understand how science can be used to explain what is happening; 
  • Predict how things will behave and analyse causes; 
  • Conduct investigations using fair tests; 

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