PLAN Progression in working scientifically skills
This document (see example below) shows how the working scientifically statements from the science National Curriculum for England are linked and built on across the three phases. To highlight the links, the skills statements are grouped under the following broader skills definitions.
Asking questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
Making observations and taking measurements
Engaging in practical enquiry to answer questions
Recording and presenting evidence
Answering questions and concluding
Evaluating and raising further questions and predictions
Communicating their findings.
The working scientifically statements from the science National Curriculum for England are presented in bold. The bullet points that follow each statement are additional guidance that clarifies the expectations.
Working scientifically statements that feature in more than one of the broader skills definitions are shown in italics.
To assess the working scientifically skills of children, observe their execution of skills that have been previously modeled and take note of those children who are not secure in using them. If children are not secure in the skills, further opportunities should be provided, later in the year, for them to revisit them.
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