Science: Elementary Grades

Experiential/Observational

Taught in the Target language and English.

The Science program is integrated into French or Spanish, Math, Humanities, Arts, and Cooking.       

Science will be taught in blocks focusing on the child's experience with and observations of the world. It will concentrate on our relation with the earth, nature, the environment, conservation, agriculture, and the arts.  Integrating the arts and the humanities, units on outdoor photography, landscape sketching, and poetry, literature, and music inspired by nature will be studied and created.  Much of the science block time will be spent outdoors. 

Throughout the grades, students will spend time on nature walks, hikes, exploration of the James River, wildlife mapping, gardening, and planting.

Field Trips may also include farms, farmers markets, apple picking, botanical gardens, and maple syrup festivals.

Integration into the Target Language:

Science vocabulary and topics will be integrated into the immersion program allowing students to comfortably participate in science in both languages.

K - 2nd grades – learning a broad vocabulary for animals, nature, plants, the human body, our earth and the other planets to prepare for more in-depth study  of zoology, botany, earth science, astronomy, and anatomy that will by taught later.

3rd grade – terminology for our earth, its different climates, continents, mountains, forests and rain forests, desserts, water (rivers, lakes and oceans), the seasons and the growing cycle, how people live in different regions and climates including farming terminology, the types of dwellings people live in and clothing they wear.  We will discuss where we live, our climate, and our homes.  

4th - 5th grades – Zoology –classification of animals, study of mammals, fish, insects, amphibians, reptiles, arthropods, migration and hibernation, the geography of where different animals live, and extinct and endangered animals.