The Grade 6 Science course is designed to be a “hands on” class to encourage interest in the fields of science. Students will learn through lab experiments, STEM projects, class discussions and other appropriate activities. Technology is integrated throughout the course through the use of computers, video and laboratory equipment. The main units covered are: nature of science and scientific skills, atmosphere; cycles, climate and space and the Human Body: circulatory, respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of science as a field of study and also as a process. The skills of inquiry, making observations and inferences, creating and conducting fair and reliable tests/ experiments and using the tools of measurement are all explored and developed. Students will continue to apply these skills throughout the year in lab and classroom settings so they are prepared to move to science in seventh grade
The Grade 7 Science course continues to focus on the work of scientists. The specific topics of studies are developing science process skills through a unit in forensic science; ecology and environment with a focus on coral reef ecosystems; atomic structure and chemical changes with an introduction to chemistry. Through hands-on activities and labs, students explore these topics while developing skills of observation, analysis, teamwork and scientific thinking. Students will learn through lab investigations, projects, class discussions, readings and other appropriate activities.
The grade 8 science course consists of three main units. The first unit of study focuses on life science with a focus on cells and cellular processes.. The second unit is focused on Geology and the study of plate tectonics which focuses on the basic features of the earth, earth processes and how organisms change over time in relation to geological and environmental changes. The final unit that is covered in grade 8 is reproduction and genetics. Throughout the year, emphasis will be placed on the development of student skills that will prepare them for the transition to the High School science program. Students will learn through lab investigations, projects, class discussions, readings and other appropriate activities.