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Using secondary data sources to support the development of working scientifically skills in the primary classroom.

Published: 9 February 2023

Gaining knowledge of pattern seeking and learning about secondary sources of data in primary schools is an important aspect of primary science learning and helps pupils to build working scientifically skills. Some areas of physics on the curriculum don’t lend themselves well to gathering data through practical enquiry (primary data) but pupils can use secondary data in pattern seeking enquiries to make sure they keep developing their working scientifically skills.

Our new Phizzi focus on using secondary data includes links to data sources and ideas for research and pattern seeking enquiries; there is also a list of suggested picture books that can be used to support the idea of using real world data. We have also provided a set of planetary data cards which can be used as part of your learning about Earth and space.

Download our new Phizzi focus: using secondary data

In the recent OFSTED science subject report – “Finding the optimum” – it was noted that inspectors saw few examples of pupils gaining knowledge of pattern seeking or learning about secondary sources in primary schools; this Phizzi focus can be used to help address this.

a black globe detail showing countries in shades of blue and red based on climate data

An image taken from climate change data on Teal

You will find a range of primary curriculum resources on our website and a series of working scientifically resources that give you insight, ideas and questions to explore. Use the filter to find the resources you need.

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