Kindergarten Science

Science in the Lower School program 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 program, 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 kindergarten help students formulate answers to questions by planning and carrying out investigations or by designing solutions to problems. They are expected to develop an understanding of patterns and variations in weather. Students are able to understand the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object to analyze a design solution. They are also expected to develop understanding of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive and the relationship between their needs and where they live.