Science in the Lower School is designed to tap into young students’ natural curiosity about their environment and how the world works. We help students, through inquiry, to continually build on their abilities and revise their knowledge. Our goals for the program are to provide students with engaging hands-on opportunities and experiences to guide them toward a more scientifically based and coherent view of the Earth, space, life and the physical sciences. In the Lower School, science involves integrating engineering and technology to provide an environment in which students can test their own developing scientific knowledge and apply it to practical problems.

The performance expectations in first grade help students develop answers to questions. Students are taught to create and use models to construct explanations based on their understanding of the core ideas. They are expected to explore the relationship between sound and vibrating materials and between the availability of light and the ability to see objects. Students are also expected to develop understanding of how plants and animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow and meet their needs, and how behaviors of parents and offspring help the offspring survive.