Science / Year 5 / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting

Curriculum content descriptions

With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (ACSIS231)

Elaborations
  • exploring the range of questions that can be asked about a problem or phenomena and with guidance, identifying those questions that could be investigated
  • applying experience from similar situations in the past to predict what might happen in a new situation
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Predictions (Science),  Research questions

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