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. The 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 second grade help students develop answers to questions. They learn to obtain, evaluate and communicate the information they gather through investigations as they demonstrate understanding of core ideas. The science curriculum introduces students to the diversity and interdependence of living things in ecosystems. Students are expected to explore what plants need to grow and how plants depend on animals for seed dispersal and pollination. They are also expected to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. Students learn to analyze and classify different materials by observable properties. They also compare the properties and functions of different kinds of matter and examine the processes that shape the Earth over long and short periods of time.