What the research says

“Science without practical is like swimming without water.”
A teacher response to a SCORE questionnaire from the booklet Practical Work in Primary Science.

Getting Practical: a Framework for Practical Work in Science is a booklet from SCORE (Science Community Representing Education). It aims to help teachers to plan for high quality science practical work, ranging from learning outside the classroom to opportunities for pupils to practise specific skills and processes.

The booklet defines practical work in science and explains its purpose and importance. It also shows how to recognise high quality practical work, listing the learning points and skills development. The resource examines how teachers and schools can improve the quality of practical work and what government, local and national bodies can do to help.

Task

Download and read page 7 of the SCORE booklet Getting Practical: a Framework for Practical Work in Science. This page outlines the purposes of practical science.

Identify your top 3 reasons to work practically. Tell us what these are in the comments below and explain why you have chosen them.

You may also want to have a read of the SCORE booklet Practical Work in Primary Science, which further outlines the need for enquiry based learning as well as including some practical activities you could try in your classroom.

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Teaching Primary Science: Getting Started

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