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Approaches to Science



Scientific Inquiry

 Children are encouraged to observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to  to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are reasonable and use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. These concepts/ideas may be used with drawings, charts and tables.


  Children are encouraged to learn the following life  processes:

a.  The differences between things that are living and things that have never been alive
b.   Animals, including humans, move, feed, grow, use their senses and reproduce
c.   Compare life processes to animals and plants found in the local environment


Example of a Science Unit

This unit introduces children to the idea of plants as living things which grow and change. Children should become aware of similarities and differences in plants.

Experimental and investigative work focuses on:

* Turning ideas into a form that can be tested 

* Making and recording observations

* Using results to communicate results and  draw conclusions

* Children also have opportunities to link their knowledge of how plants grow to their understanding    of science and to ways in which growing plants should be treated with sensitivity




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