Progression of skills
Students in Stages 4 and 5 science build on the working scientifically outcome from Stage 3.
- 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
|investigates questions and reflects on what they know
|suggests explanations and reflects on processes
|draws evidence based conclusions and explanations
|identifies testable questions and presents results
|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