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Scientific Learning (Spectrum Steps)

Scientific Learning

We learn about Science in 2 different ways:

 We need to develop our Scientific Skills and we need to develop our Scientific Knowledge

At Clare Mount we help students track this using

‘Learning Ladders’ (skills) and ‘Progress Pathways’

Learning Ladders

Thinking

Doing

Reviewing

Applying

 Select, plan + carry out investigations to test predictions including:

Identifying independent , dependent and control variables

  • Apply sampling techniques
  • Pay attention to objectivity+ concern for accuracy, precision, repeatability + reproducibility

Undertake basic data analysis including simple statistical techniques

Identify further questions arising from results

Make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding

Make + record observations + measurements using a range of methods for different investigations, evaluate the reliability and suggest improvements

Use and derive simple equations and carry out appropriate calculations

Evaluate data showing awareness of potential sources of random and systematic error

Plan a scientific way to answer questions including:

Observations over time

Noticing patterns

Grouping + classifying things

Carrying out comparative tests

Using secondary sources

Be able to identify health and safety implications when using different techniques , apparatus or materials

Understand and use SI units and IUPAC chemical nomenclature

Present reasoned explanations, including explaining data in relation to predictions and hypotheses

Use scientific enquiry to answer questions including:

Observations over time

Noticing patterns

Grouping + classifying things

Carrying out comparative tests

Using secondary sources

Take accurate measurements

  • Independently
  • With support

 

  •  Read, spell + pronounce scientific words correctly.
  • When talking about what happened use words such as accurate, conclusion, evidence, fair test, prediction, reliable, supports evidence, variable, unit 
  • Interpret observations, measurements + data to draw conclusions
  • Identify patterns to draw conclusions

 

  • Explore + talk about your + other peoples’ ideas
  • Use knowledge + ideas to develop a way to find things out

Select + Use equipment safely

  • Independently
  • With support
  • Read + Spell scientific words correctly.
  • Use terms such as method, observe, pattern , results, measure, compare, record, group, equipment, fair when describing what happened
  • Present observations + data using appropriate methods including tables + graphs
  • Draw conclusions based on data + observations

 

  • Look + Observe things in the World around us
  • Ask questions about things we see in the World around us

Use equipment safely

  • Independently
  • With support

Use simple + appropriate language to talk about what you found out

  • Explain what has been found out through talk, in written form or in other ways
  • Communicate ideas in a variety of ways
 

 

Progress Pathways

 

 

 

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