Assessment for Learning is an effective way of actively involving students in their learning.  Each session plan comes with suggestions about how to organise activities and worksheets that may be used with students.

If you teach primary science, see the headings below to find out how to use this resource:

Skill development

Children will develop their working scientifically skills by:

  • Selecting and planning the most appropriate ways to answer science questions:
    • Noticing patterns.
  • Recording data and results using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs.
  • Using evidence from a range of sources to support or refute ideas.
  • Drawing conclusions and raising further questions that could be investigated, based on their data and observations.

Learning outcomes

Children will:

  • Carry out a survey and collect data.
  • Present data in an appropriate way.
  • Use trends in their data to support or refute ideas.

Concepts supported

Children will learn:

  • That spotting trends in data can support or refute ideas.
  • How to carry out surveys and best present results.

Suggested activity use

This activity can be carried out involving the whole class, with children working in small groups to collect data and analyse it. Further cross curricular links with Maths can be made with children choosing how to present their findings; e.g. as bar charts, pie charts, etc.

Practical considerations

Different samples or pictures of shampoos will be required for the lesson.

Children may need support with terminology, such as subjective and objective data.