Effective scientists display the following characteristics:
- The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills it brings.
- Noticing and creating enquiries around instances which may seem normal or every day to others.
- Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
- Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
- High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
- The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of context, including fieldwork.
- A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.
- Resilience, determination and adaptability to understand and prove new discoveries, even when others doubt.
In order to help the children develop themselves as scientists, we have created these progression documents.