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Science / Year 4 / Science Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information

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Curriculum content descriptions

Use a range of methods including tables and simple column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (ACSIS068)

Elaborations
  • identifying and discussing numerical and visual patterns in data collected from students' investigations and from other sources
  • using provided graphic organisers to sort and represent information
  • discussing with teacher guidance which graphic organisers will be most useful in sorting or organising data arising from investigations
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Data representation,  Data analysis

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