The bigger picture

The English National Curriculum states the 5 enquiry types that children must cover throughout their time at primary school. Last week we discovered these were:

  • Observation over time
  • Pattern seeking
  • Identifying, classifying and grouping
  • Comparative and fair testing
  • Research using secondary sources

However, there are other skills that the children must practice to enable them to be good scientists. Children must be allowed to explore, question and problem solve to develop their curiosity and carry out independent investigations to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.

‘Effective science teaching is not as straightforward as simply telling children what they need to know. Scientific ideas are abstract. No-one can see an idea in someone else’s mind.’ (Loxley et al. 2014)

Each country has a different National Curriculum and different expectations for developing practical science. Here are links to the science curricula for the four countries of the United Kingdom:

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We would like you to take a look at the National Curriculum for your own country and spot any skills that are specifically mentioned for developing practical science. Share what you find below.

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Teaching Primary Science: Getting Started

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