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Assessment Focus 4: Using investigative approaches

The focus of Assessment Focus 4 is on how pupils ask questions, hypothesise, and develop appropriate and safe strategies and methodologies to collect scientific evidence, through experimental or other means. The threads for Assessment Focus 4 are:

  • to plan appropriate scientific investigations effectively
  • to identify and manipulate variables within the context of an investigation
  • to support the gathering of evidence through collection of precise and reliable data
  • to be aware of the risks associated with the investigative process.

The following pages give Learning targets that help communicate the next steps in learning for pupils within Assessment Focus 4. The Learning targets are arranged for each thread of Assessment Focus 4 at each of the national curriculum levels, from level 2 to level 8. Accompanying each set of Learning targets are examples of contexts within which the Learning targets can be placed.

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