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Science / Year 4 / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting

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Curriculum content descriptions

With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS064)

Elaborations
  • considering familiar situations in order to think about possible areas for investigation
  • reflecting on familiar situations to make predictions with teacher guidance
  • choosing questions to investigate from a list of possibilities
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Predictions (Science),  Research questions

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