The elementary science curriculum aims to develop a deep understanding of scientific concepts and principles. It also recognizes the need to encourage confidence and enjoyment of this subject. The science curriculum, as part of the PYP, is centered upon an inquiry-based approach in which students are actively involved in practical activities and at the same time practice higher order and critical thinking. In addition, the curriculum goal is to develop the following scientific skills:

  • Observing
  • Investigating
  • Comparing and Contrasting
  • Measuring
  • Classifying
  • Data Handling
  • Predicting
  • Recognizing Relationships and Patterns
  • Hypothesizing
  • Inferring and Evaluating
The activities and skills described here will be learned through a range of specific topics chosen from within the broad disciplines of Living Things, Earth and Space, Materials and Matter, Energy and Forces. There will be an emphasis on the safe and sensible handling of scientific equipment throughout the curriculum. The curriculum is not based upon a set text, but derived from a variety of resources in order to meet the needs and interests of our students.

Through Units of Inquiry students will work with scientific content across five major strands:

  • Scientific Literacy
  • Living things
  • Earth and space
  • Materials and matter
  • Forces and energy
Please refer to the Units of Inquiry for more information about science units taught at each grade level.

Please note: This curriculum area is currently under review and the scope and sequence is being redeveloped. Watch this space!