Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the resources in this section help students to develop their skills in representing scientific data.

Visual representations can help students to understand written scientific content and particularly texts that require complex, deep and abstract thinking. The activities in this skill area look at:

Visual representations
Exposes students to the different kinds of visuals, the similarities and differences between them, and the potential to gain new knowledge about and from visuals.

Symbols and signs
Students learn about the different components of visual representations and the meaning of common symbols and signs.

Students are familiarised with types of tables, their components, the information that can be drawn from them, and the conversion of verbal and numeric data into tables.

Students consider the different varieties of graphs, the composition of a good graph and its components, the conversion of a data table into an appropriate graph. They learn the importance of presenting results in graphs in science.

There are trainer development materials associated with the delivery of these learning activities. They can be found at: LSS Skill Area 4 Training.


Skill 4.3 Understanding Cross-sections

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, help students to interpret diagrams and visual representations that are drawn in cross-section.

This is a skill that is often taken for granted but often used in scientific representations, such as when drawing apparatus. This activity...

Skill 4.4 Recognising Visual Symbols

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity provides students with a colour-coded map of the world. Students must try and interpret the visual representation.

A series of images gradually give more information, and finally a legend, which allows students to fully understand the image....

Skill 4.5 Interpreting a Diagram

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, helps students to understand how to interpret information shown in a genetic family tree diagram.

A series of diagrams each have more explanation so that students can gather clues and check their understanding.

Alternative activities...

Skill 4.6 Exploring Tables

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, introduce students to various ways of arranging data in a table, both simple and complex. They learn how to give the table the correct title and to define the central question addressed in the table.

This activity will help students to...


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