Progression of skills
Students in Stages 4 and 5 science build on the working scientifically outcome from Stage 3. The areas of working scientifically include:
- questioning and predicting
- planning investigations
- conducting investigations
- processing and analysing data and information
- problem solving communication.
The four foundational skills for students of Stages 4 and 5 include:
- identify and implement improvements to investigation plans
- identify appropriates terminology and reporting styles to communicate information and understanding
- draw valid conclusions from gathered data and information.
The following table outlines the progression of scientific skills from Early Stage 1 to Stage 6.
|Early Stage 1||explores surroundings and communicate observations|
|Stage 1||investigates questions and reflects on what they know|
|Stage 2||suggests explanations and reflects on processes|
|Stage 3||draws evidence based conclusions and explanations|
|Stage 4||identifies testable questions and presents results|
|Stage 5||develops testable questions and purposefully presents findings|
|Stage 6 Preliminary||discusses validity and reliability, valid conclusions|
|Stage 6 HSC||justifies investigations, evaluates accuracy and reliability and assesses validity|