Progression Documents

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.