These questions get students thinking
about the relationship between results and
a hypothesis. To access these questions,
students need to understand the following
terms: results, conclusion, hypothesis,
anomaly, evidence, contradict. It may be
helpful to highlight that although results
often support or contradict a hypothesis,
sometimes we can’t be sure.
Prompt: Can you think of a practical
experiment you have done where you got an
anomalous result? What did you conclude?
Challenge: Can we be certain that a hypothesis
that we think is true won’t ever be disproved?
Ask students to come up with their own
examples when discussing the Think big
question and then ask them to rank the
examples according to how much evidence they
require. Asking students why they sorted examples
in a particular way and noticing differences between
responses can be an effective way into discussion.
KS3 Curriculum Links:
Analysis and evaluation
Interpret observations and data, including identifying
patterns and using observations, measurements and
data to draw conclusions.
Present reasoned explanations, including explaining
data in relation to predictions and hypotheses.
Evaluate data, showing awareness of potential sources
of random and systematic error.
Identify further questions arising from their results.
Results and Conclusions
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