Science is introduced to the Lower School students through hands-on investigations in the classroom and in our schoolyard. This curriculum is based on the Teaching for Understanding framework. The students build their understanding of fundamental scientific ideas through exploring, hypothesizing, investigating, researching, concluding, and generating new questions. The skills required for scientific inquiry, which include measurement, data collection, close observation, problem solving, collaboration, and participation, are developed progressively from one year to the next.
The content of the curriculum covered during the Lower School grades introduces the students to topics in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science: the wonders of water,air, sound and light; the ecosystem and biodiversity; magnetism and electricity; simple machines and motion; force and structures; rocks and minerals; plants and trees; vertebrates and invertebrates; kitchen chemistry; design technology and engineering.