The second grade science program focuses on questioning, analysis and development of STEM concepts. Students use problem solving and the scientific process. The students exposed to units of life science, physical science and earth science in a spiral curriculum that begins in second grade. Some units of study include, plant life, rocks/soil and minerals and solid/liquid matter. Science units are integrated with other academic disciplines as well as expends beyond the classroom walls to our community and environment.
The third grade science program incorporates critical thinking and processing skills that allow students to build their proficiency as problem solvers and decision makers. The units include life science, physical science and earth science in a spiral curriculum as the children move through the Lower School focusing specifically on sound, the environment, liquids, trees, chromatography and finger printing. Emphasis is placed on discovery through hands-on experiments as well as the scientific process. Science units are integrated with other academic disciplines whenever possible.
The fourth grade science class continues to build upon concepts learned in the third grade areas of life science, physical science and earth science. The solar system, flight, electricity, biomes and environmental problems and solutions are just some of the topics covered. This is an inquiry-based program with an emphasis on hands-on experiments that follow procedures used by scientists to solve problems, including making predictions, working with variables, making and recording observations and drawing conclusions.
This course is an extension of the fourth grade science curriculum focusing on the life, physical and earth sciences. Topics include living things, reproductions and change, adaptations, ecology, matter, forms of energy and geology. This curriculum introduces several new concepts and encourages in-depth, critical thinking. Hands-on experiments continue to be a large part of the curriculum.