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Investigations are an important part of science in primary schools They develop childrens understanding of scientific procedures and concepts their knowledge and their skills Science is not only a body of knowledge but also a way of working research which can be applied practically through investigations Science stimulates and excites pupils curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them Because science links direct practical experience with ideas it can engage learners at many levels Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modeling Practical investigation is central to scientific activity of all kinds it is what distinguishes a scientific activity from other forms of enquiry and is the process through which these ideas are developed The central feature of an investigation is that you always change something and measure the effect it has on something else Teaching should ensure that scientific enquiry is taught through contexts taken from the sections on life processes and living things materials and their properties and physical processes An experimental and investigatory approach to science in the primary school can make a unique and vital contribution to the holistic development and education of the child The science curriculum therefore provides opportunities for the child to develop a broad and balanced understanding of the properties and interactions of the physical universe through the study of a range of topics while at the same time developing and using scientific ways of investigating and exploring the world6As the class had previous knowledge around living things and green plants I decided to base the investigation around the growth of plants The National curriculum attainment targets for science suggests that pupils should be taught to recognise that plants need light and water to grow Sc2 3a I thought this would be a great starting point to base the investigation The pupils were arranged on the carpet in front of the whiteboard for the opening explanation of the investigation
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