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NSW Syllabuses

Science Life Skills Stage 6 - Life Skills - Working Scientifically Skills Working Scientifically Skills

Questioning and Predicting

Outcome

A student:

  • SCLS6-1

    poses questions and hypotheses for scientific investigation

Content

  • Students:
  • ask questions about the world around them psc
  • make observations and pose questions based on these observations
  • identify questions that can be scientifically tested
  • recognise the difference between a fact and a prediction cct
  • make predictions based on questions from observations
  • make predictions based on questions that can be scientifically tested

Planning Investigations

Outcome

A student:

  • SCLS6-2

    plans an investigation individually or collaboratively to obtain primary or secondary data and information

Content

  • Students:
  • recognise the need to plan an investigation to test questions or hypotheses PSCWE
  • participate in making decisions about how to test questions or hypotheses
  • identify purposes for a range of scientific equipment and materials ICTWE
  • select appropriate scientific equipment and materials that can be used to test a question or hypothesis ICTWE
  • work individually and/or collaboratively to design a scientific investigation to test a question or hypothesis WE
  • record aspects of a plan for a scientific investigation using an appropriate format L
  • recognise safe and unsafe practices when planning a scientific investigation WE
  • identify practices to enhance safety in a scientific investigation WE
  • recognise variables to be measured, changed and maintained in an investigation DD
  • identify ways to change and measure variables in an investigation CCT
  • recognise ethical considerations when planning a scientific investigation EU

Conducting Investigations

Outcome

A student:

  • SCLS6-3

    participates in investigations individually or collaboratively to collect primary or secondary data and information

Content

  • Students:
  • recognise a plan as a sequence of steps l
  • follow a plan to participate in an investigation psc
  • use scientific equipment and materials accurately ict
  • use technology when participating in an investigation ict
  • engage in safe practices when participating in an investigation we
  • accurately record observations and data when participating in an investigation ln
  • work individually and/or collaboratively to conduct an investigation we

Processing Data and Information

Outcome

A student:

  • SCLS6-4

    collects and represents qualitative or quantitative data and information using media as appropriate

Content

  • Students:
  • recognise that data and information can come from a range of sources, eg observations and measurements n
  • identify data that can be measured n
  • explore a range of methods to collect quantitative data N
  • select the most appropriate form of organising and representing quantitative data ICTN
  • use appropriate measurements when representing quantitative data N
  • recognise qualitative information, eg observations, descriptions L
  • use digital technologies to collect or represent qualitative information or quantitative data ICTN
  • relate collected information and data to questions or hypotheses CCT
  • use appropriate scientific language when representing information or data L

Analysing Data and Information

Outcome

A student:

  • SCLS6-5

    develops conclusions from primary or secondary data and information

Content

  • Students:
  • recognise representations of data N
  • recognise secondary information sources that can be used in an investigation
  • locate information in a secondary source L
  • describe data and information collected LN
  • identify patterns and trends in data N
  • describe patterns and trends in data CCT
  • draw conclusions from data and information gathered in an investigation CCT
  • develop further questions from conclusions CCT

Problem Solving

Outcome

A student:

  • SCLS6-6

    uses strategies to solve scientific problems

Content

  • Students:
  • identify strategies that can be used to solve a problem CCT
  • use primary data or secondary information when exploring a problem CCTLN
  • recognise and use problem-solving skills, eg questioning, collaboration, planning PSCWE
  • use strategies to solve problems CCT

Communicating

Outcome

A student:

  • SCLS6-7

    communicates information about an investigation using scientific language and terminology

Content

  • Students:
  • recognise scientific language L
  • communicate ideas related to an investigation L
  • use scientific language when communicating about an investigation L
  • use digital, visual, written or oral forms of communication as appropriate ICTL
  • select digital, visual, written or oral forms of communication appropriate to audience and purpose ICTL