Science at Ashbury
In Grade 4, the science program is most often operated through integration with other subjects such as social studies. This program is enriched through sessions in the Junior School science laboratory. The Grades 5 and 6 science program aims to help children develop appropriate scientific attitudes, skills and knowledge. Students develop a factual base of scientific knowledge through a heavy emphasis on hands-on activities.
To supplement the science program in Grades 5 and 6, the teachers have introduced an exciting program called Information Design and Technology (IDT), in which students are challenged to solve problems. Students are divided into design teams and together attempt to discover solutions to assigned problems.
In the Grades 7 and 8 program, students do some work in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science and engineering. This allows for the appropriate depth of study in each discipline and the recognition of the relationships between them. Wherever suitable, students perform activities that allow them to develop skills and concepts independently while under teacher guidance. As often as possible, these activities take the form of controlled scientific investigations. Through a series of opportunities, experiences and evaluations, students are encouraged to become self-motivated and self-directed problem solvers. This approach builds a strong foundation both in the body of scientific knowledge and in the manipulation of that knowledge. The science lab is also available for use during Opportunity Time.
Over the year challenges take place with the design and construction of Egg Safety Cells, Bridge Building, Catapults and Cement Boats.