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Skills for Working Scientifically

If you look at the English National Curriculum for Science, you’ll find these skills identified within the Programme of Study, particularly within the statutory requirements for Working Scientifically:

  • Questioning
  • Predicting
  • Concluding
  • Observing
  • Identifying and classifying
  • Measuring
  • Testing
  • Recording

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These skills can be grouped into two groups.

  • Functional skills: observing, identifying and classifying, measuring, testing and recording.
  • Reasoning and thinking skills: questioning, predicting and concluding.


Can you think of any more skills that the children may be practising? Are they functional skills or reasoning and thinking skills?

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Teaching Primary Science: Getting Started

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