Plan, Do, Review
When the focus is on ‘planning’, we encourage learners to ask questions and create hypotheses from engrossing stimuli. To find out ‘why’, ‘how’ or ‘what if’. Learners should be planning their own investigations – thinking about equipment and posing a hypothesis based on past knowledge or logical thinking. Lastly, planning gives the opportunity to think about variables and which should change or remain constant – eliciting more predictions in the process.
When the focus is on ‘doing’, learners will carry out simple tests to prove or disprove a hypothesis. They will gather and record data in various ways allowing them to identify and classify their findings. As learners progress through school, they will become adept at independently choosing suitable equipment to prove their hypothesis and be able to give reasons why.
When the focus is on ‘reviewing’, learners will present data in a variety of ways to help answer questions they have previously posed. They will draw conclusions from their findings that relate to their hypotheses; these conclusions with become more detailed and complex as our learners move through school. From their findings, they will be able to identify similarities or changes to their hypotheses and make predictions for further investigations. Learners will practice critical thinking: thinking of ways to improve the experiment if it was to be repeated.