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KS3 Science : Key Concepts

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Key Concepts

There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of science and how science works. Pupils need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.

1.1 Scientific thinking

  • Using scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and developing them creatively to generate and test theories.
  • Critically analysing and evaluating evidence from observations and experiments.
1.2 Applications and implications of science
  • Exploring how the creative application of scientific ideas can bring about technological developments and consequent changes in the way people think and behave.
  • Examining the ethical and moral implications of using and applying science.

1.3 Cultural understanding

  • Recognising that modern science has its roots in many different societies and cultures, and draws on a variety of valid approaches to scientific practice.

1.4 Collaboration

  • Sharing developments and common understanding across disciplines and boundaries.

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