Science as part of the PYP curriculum is an inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching about developing a deep understanding of scientific concepts and principles. It also recognizes the need to encourage confidence and enjoyment of this subject.
In the PYP, science is viewed as the exploration of the biological, chemical and physical aspects of the natural world, and the relationships between them. Our understanding of science is constantly changing and evolving. It encourages curiosity and ingenuity and enables the student to develop an understanding of the world. Reflection on scientific knowledge also helps students to develop a sense of responsibility regarding the impact of their actions on themselves, others and their world.
Inquiry-based units are the focus for learning, through which students are actively involved in practical activities while practicing higher order and critical thinking.
Throughout the Units of Inquiry, students will engage with experiences through various science strands, such as Living things, Earth and space, Materials and matter, and Forces and energy, where emphasis is placed on hands-on learning through safe use of scientific equipment throughout the curriculum.
Students at YIS:
- Live through showing wonder and curiosity when thinking about the natural world
- Learn a range of science-specific skills and processes through scientific inquiry
- Lead by developing a sense of responsibility regarding the impact of their actions on themselves, others and their world.
Please refer to the Units of Inquiry, for more information about science units taught at each grade level.