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General Science

General Science

Vision

Our Vision is to ignite a passion for science in our students and transform them into critical thinkers and well- rounded individuals while maintaining ethical and moral standards. We prepare our students to become decision makers, resilient and confident to thrive in a globalized and data-rich world. The students will grow into life-long learners, compassionate leaders, faithful stewards, and scientifically literate citizens.

 

Mission

The Science Department’s Mission is to present science as a rational and systematic observation of natural phenomena, and to instigate science literacy and inquiry in our students. We stress the importance of critical thinking and logical reasoning using various skills such as observation, comparison, experimentation, inferences and data manipulation. Students are empowered to write and speak thoughtfully with the use of proper terminologies, skills, and competencies. In science, students express their ideas and generate unbiased new ones. 

 

Additionally, we introduce the students to interdisciplinary topics hoping they will develop and extend their interest and enthusiasm towards their environment and society. The Science curriculum promotes the learning of the principles of natural sciences such as physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, and ecology. The students experience science in varied, enjoyable and engaging ways. The Science Department is committed to the concept that science encompasses practical and hands-on applications in order to be understood in a larger holistic and cultural context. It is through inquiry that students can view science as an interdisciplinary study applicable to society.

 

 

Course Description

 

Preschool

Preschoolers are introduced to general science topics using hands on activities and games. Students learn more about the seasons and the weather. They distinguish living and nonliving things. Preschoolers learn about plant parts and animals’ groups and their body parts. They are introduced to the different landforms and water bodies. Students look at rocks and identify their characteristics. They also discuss the importance of recycling. Preschoolers also learn about the different types of matter an object can be made up of. They are also introduced to magnets, and sound energy

 

Lower Elementary

Students are introduced to general aspects of Science that they see in their everyday life. The aspects include science technology, life science, physical science, and Earth Science. In science technology, students will learn about the nature of science, the use of machines and tools, how to design an experiment, and how to solve problems. In life science, students will learn about living and nonliving things, fossils, plants and animal groups, growth and development and reproduction, and the environment. In physical science, students will learn about objects and matter and mixture, energy, force, and motion. In Earth science, students will learn about soil, the Earth and the planets, the sky, the weather, and the atmosphere

 

Upper Elementary

The science course in the upper elementary discusses topics of life, earth, environmental, and physical science as well as space and technology. In science and technology, students learn about the work of scientists and the scientific method. In life science, students learn about classification of living things, life cycles, some human body systems. In Physical science, students learn about the different forms of energy and forces, electricity and magnetism. Earth Science includes the water cycle, rocks and minerals, soil, landforms and how they change. Students also learn about the Earth patterns of movement, the stars and the moon. Ecology includes ecosystems, food chains and food webs, biomes, cycles of matter, natural resources, and pollution

 

Intermediate

Intermediate science is a basic introduction to important topics needed for higher grade levels. The course covers different fields of Science including physics, chemistry, biology and ecology.

In physics, students learn about motion and velocity, Newton’s laws, and forces. In chemistry students learn about matter and its states, changes in matter, mixtures and solutions, and physical and chemical changes. In ecology, students learn about conserving natural resources and pollution. In Biology, students learn about living cells and cell division, basics of genetics, and some human body systems.

N. B. The physics and chemistry parts are till grade 7. In grade 8, the courses are separate