Big Ideas: The kindergarten curriculum is based on three concepts: life science, physical science, and earth and space science, all integrated with thematic studies. The emphasis is process skills development: observing, measuring, communicating (oral and written), inferring, interpreting, investigating, identifying, classifying and predicting. Through active participation in fascinating experiments and investigations, children discover how our living world operates. Highlights include senses, seasonal characteristics, forces and motion, rainforest animals and plants, healthy living, ocean, recycling and insects.
Big Ideas: In grade 1, the science program nurtures children's curiosity, promotes environmental stewardship, and develops students' understanding and respect for science and its relationships to technology, society and the natural environment. Highlights include matter, observable patterns and cycles that occur in the local sky and landscape, light and sound, and the needs of living things.Grade 2Big Ideas:
In grade 2, children learn and apply core scientific skills, including inquiry, problem solving and informed decision making. The significance of science in students' lives becomes increasingly apparent as they gain a greater understanding of the relationships between science, society, technology and the environment. Highlights include solids, liquids and gases; water and the connection to the First Peoples' knowledge of water; exploring and understanding forces; lifecycles of animals; and the different adaptations of animals that allow them to be successful in their habitats.
Grade 3Big Ideas:
Students further their science knowledge through multisensory activities, hands-on experiments, and group and class discussions. They learn how all living things are diverse, can be grouped and interact in the ecosystems. Through studying biodiversity in our local environment, students develop a better appreciation for nature, exploring how all matter consists of particles and how various sources of energy can be transferred. By observing changes in the local environment caused by erosion and deposition by wind, water and ice, students recognize their impact on landforms. Highlights include a field trip with tree canopy bridges, flower dissection, nature discovery walks, experiments, and periodic table activities.