Science: Elementary Grades


Elementary Focus is on Life Sciences and Nature Studies

Taught in the Target language, in English, and Nature Studies in German.

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

Science is taught through stories and the child's experience with and observations of the world around him or her. We concentrates on our relation with the earth, nature, the environment, conservation, agriculture, and the arts.  The arts and humanities are integrated though, units on outdoor photography, landscape sketching, poetry, literature, or music inspired by nature.  

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

Field Trips may 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 – Through stories and other activities, students learn a broad vocabulary for animals, nature, plants, the human body, weather, eco-systems, our earth and other planets to prepare for more in-depth study of life science, botany, earth science, astronomy, and anatomy that will by taught later.

3rd grade – terminology for our earth, its different climates, continents, mountains, forests and rainforests, 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 – Life Sciences –classification of animals: study of mammals, fish, insects, amphibians, reptiles, arthropods, migration and hibernation, the geography of where different animals live, and the study of extinct and endangered animals.