The new National Curriculum in England aims for pupils to understand traditional ideas in biology, chemistry and physics as well as to understand evidence, as specified in ‘Working scientifically’. It also instructs that ‘Working scientifically . . . must always be taught through and clearly related to substantive science content’. This rubric could present a challenge to meeting the aims of the curriculum and teachers will have to plan their teaching, including the use of practical work, carefully to overcome this challenge.
Roberts, R., & Reading, C. (2015). The practical work challenge: incorporating the explicit teaching of evidence in subject content. School science review, 31-39