Why this approach is important

Elementary science is not just about gaining science knowledge, but is also about exploring, discovering, hypothesising and testing ideas. Hands-on learning experience is central to developing your students’ scientific skills; it also engages them and communicates the wonder and excitement of science.

It is only by doing practical investigations themselves that students will develop a more scientific understanding of the world around them and begin to understand the nature of science. Your role as a science teacher is to provide opportunities for your students to experience the excitement of carrying out investigations and solving simple problems for themselves.

Practical investigation is important, because it:

  • develops students’ science skills
  • develops their understanding of the nature of science
  • supports their learning and understanding of science concepts
  • motivates students and develops their curiosity about the world.

Pause for thought

  • What does the term ‘investigation’ mean to you?
  • What is involved in an investigation?

What you can learn in this unit

1 What are investigations?