Skills development in fifth and sixth classes

The skills of analysis

Sorting and classifying

  • Sort and group data on people, events, natural phenomena, materials and physical processes using a range of appropriate criteria
  • Sort and present data in sets and sub-sets

Recognising patterns

  • Look for and recognise patterns and relationships when making observations relationship between the amount of sugar that can be dissolved and the temperature of the water
  • Identify other instances that fit an observed pattern
  • Use observed patterns to make predictions


  • Interpret information and offer explanations draw conclusions from suitable aspects of the evidence collected

Recording and communicating

  • Record and present findings and conclusions using a variety of methods
    oral and written accounts
    charts, graphs and diagrams
    presentations using word processing or publishing programs


  • Review the methods used in investigations and assess their usefulness