Star and SuperStar activity structure/assessment criteria

Star and SuperStar activity structure/assessment criteria




Problem solving

Students explore a clearly defined question presented through a story that relates the scenario to their everyday life


Students explore a question or idea presented through a story and are supported to think about what the aim for their investigation is and can communicate this. Students investigate problems from a broader range of contexts. E.g. home or school environment framed in a scientific manner.


Decision making

Students are supported to decide how to solve science- based problems, working in pairs or small groups, independently of adults where possible. Students are given the opportunity to discuss and decide how they will carry out their investigation, with prompts and support from their educator


Students work in pairs or small groups, independently of adults where possible. Students are given opportunities to shape their methodology e.g. deciding which variables to test; how to record their results; how to share what they did etc.


Practical science

Students complete 8 practical challenges with a real-world context that links to their everyday life. Students are supported to keep their aim in mind when designing and carrying out their investigation


Students complete 8 challenges with a real-world context that links to broader situations they might encounter.


Reflecting and discussing

Students discuss scientific problems, thinking about and sharing ideas on how to solve the problem.

Students discuss scientific problems and how to record results. They think about and share how to test their ideas, and how to tell people what they did.



Students share what they did not necessarily in a written format


Students share what they did and explain their results using a medium of their choice.


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