It is very important that children are taught to work collaboratively and as part of a group in Science. One way of encouraging this practice is by asking children to reflect upon the benefits of group working and suggest the conditions under which group work is most successful. This can be done by producing a list of group rules that can be created in primary schools and then taken to secondary schools as accepted practice. These could be displayed as a poster or mini checklist in Science books, on the wall or on tables.
This is a typical list of rules for group work, but it is better if children develop one themselves, rather than it being imposed::