Science instruction at the elementary level is an important component of our programming at Rohan Woods. Science is crucial in fostering curiosity and a love of learning in young minds. Teaching science encourages students to ask questions, explore the world around them, and develop critical thinking skills. It lays the foundation for future science literacy and a deeper understanding of the natural world.
For First – Sixth Grade, there are four areas of science our students will focus on: earth science, space science, physical science, and life science. The curriculum spirals through concepts with close attention to the horizontal and vertical alignment as the students enroll through grade levels.
The students learn concepts through reading, writing, mathematics, discussion, and observation. They also learn how to collect data, analyze and investigate using the experimental design model, drawing conclusions to answer unit questions, and providing feedback on scientific situations or problems. Students learn to transfer note taking, study skills, and test taking skills learned through core instruction into science instruction. Learning takes place in the classroom and on field trips where students experience live specimens for observation, analysis, and to draw conclusions about their body structures, life stages, living environments, and more.
Junior and Senior Kindergarten students benefit from motion as part of the delivery model of the science curriculum.
Our four year olds study the water cycle, light and sound waves, and paths of movement. The children also use multi-media models to make predictions and learn how to create their own representations to prepare them for instruction in Senior Kindergarten. In SK, the curriculum is based on a camping theme for the discovery of fun and to stimulate children’s natural sense of wonder in nearby nature. During the year, students practice science concepts through various STEM skills working together to build problem solving as a team.
In an increasingly complex and technologically driven world, a solid foundation in science is essential for informed decision making. Teaching science in the early years helps students become scientifically literate citizens who can critically evaluate information, make informed decisions, and actively participate in discussion about scientific issues.
Science instruction at the elementary level is about more than just learning facts – it’s about nurturing a lifelong curiosity, building foundational knowledge and skills, and preparing students to be informed, capable individuals in our ever evolving world.
All the best,