Talking Chemistry when “Working Scientifically” in the English National Curriculum | pensiveaboutchem

The statutory programmes of study issued by the Department for Education provide the sequence of knowledge and concepts that children must be taught, this includes ‘Working Scientifically’ (WS). The purpose of WS is to learn how enquiry can be used to answer scientific questions; it should not be taught as a separate strand but, be interlaced with the learning of chemical knowledge and concepts. The tables below show the development of WS skills from Key Stages 1 to 3, ages of 5 to 14, [1]. Clearly there are many opportunities to develop these skills prior to GCSE, demonstrating the…

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