Teaching science is not just about facts. Children need to apply thinking skills in order to appreciate the how of science, rather than simply the what.
The children use Information-processing skills to locate and find relevant information in order to sort, classify, sequence, compare and contrast variables.
Reasoning skills enable the children to give reasons for their opinions and actions, to draw inferences and use precise language to explain what they think.
The children ask relevant questions, pose and define problems and predict outcomes by using Enquiry Skills.
Creative Thinking skills allow the children to generate and extend ideas, to suggest hypotheses, to apply imagination and suggest alternative outcomes.
Finally, Evaluation Skills are used to evaluate information, to develop criteria for judging the value of their own and others’ work and to have confidence in their judgments.
The development of these skills is through focused, practical tasks that allow children to experience in a practical way how the science we learn in school is embedded in the world around them.