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Science / Year 5 / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks (ACSIS086)

Elaborations
  • experiencing a range of ways of investigating questions, including experimental testing, internet research, field observations and exploring simulations
  • explaining rules for safe processes and use of equipment
  • discussing the advantages of certain types of investigation for answering certain types of questions
  • considering different ways to approach problem solving, including researching, using trial and error, experimental testing and creating models
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Experiments,  Data collection,  Problem solving

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