Curriculum Overall Expectations

Small Scientists

 Kindergarten

  •  Conduct simple investigations through free exploration, focused exploration, and guided activity, using inquiry skills (observing, questioning, planning an investigation, carrying out the investigation, and communicating findings)
  • Investigate and talk about the characteristics and functions of some common materials, and use these materials safely

Enriching our Environment 

 JK/SK

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the natural and human-made environment through hands-on investigations, observation, questioning, and sharing of their findings

Grade 1

  •  Assess the role of humans in maintaining a healthy environment

Grade 2

  • Assess ways in which the uses of liquids and solids can have an impact on society and the environment
  • Assess ways in which animals have an impact on society and the environment, and ways in which humans have an impact upon animals and the places where they live

Grade 3

  • Assess ways in which plants have an impact on society and the environment, and ways in which human activity has an impact on plants and plant habitats
  • Assess the impact of soils on society and the environment, and of society and the environment on soils

Building Buddies

JK/SK

  • Investigate and talk about the characteristics and functions of some common materials, and use these materials safely

Grade 1

  • Investigate structures that are built for a specific purpose to see how their design and materials suit the purpose
  • Demonstrate an understanding that objects and structures have observable characteristics and are made from materials with specific properties that determine how they are used.

Grade 3

  • Assess the importance of form, function, strength, and stability in structures through time; investigate strong and stable structures to determine how their design and materials enable them to perform their load-bearing function
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of structure, strength, and stability and the factors that affect them.

Kid Kinetics

Grade 3

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how forces cause movement and changes in movement.

Grade 5

  • Analyse the impact of human activities and technological innovations on human health
  • Investigate the structure and function of the major organs of various human body systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of human body systems and interactions within and between systems.

Making it Matter

Grade 2

  • Investigate the properties of and interactions among liquids and solids

Grade 5

  • Conduct investigations that explore the properties of matter and changes in matter
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of matter, changes of state, and physical and chemical change.

Fun with Forces

Grade 4

  • Evaluate the impact of pulleys and gears on society and the environment
  • Investigate ways in which pulleys and gears modify the speed and direction of, and the force exerted on, moving objects
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and functions of pulley systems and gear systems.

Grade 5

  • Investigate forces that act on structures and mechanisms
  • Identify forces that act on and within structures and mechanisms, and describe the effects of these forces on structures and mechanisms.

Let’s Get Energized

Grade 4

  • Investigate the characteristics and properties of light and sound
  • Demonstrate an understanding of light and sound as forms of energy that have specific characteristics and properties.

Grade 5

  •  Analyse the immediate and long-term effects of energy and resource use on society and the environment, and evaluate options for conserving energy and resources
  • Investigate energy transformation and conservation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various forms and sources of energy and the ways in which energy can be transformed and conserved.

Grade 6

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of electrical energy and its transformation into and from other forms of energy

Grade 7

  • Demonstrate an understanding of heat as a form of energy that is associated with the movement of particles and is essential to many processes within the earth’s systems.

Mission to Outer Space

Grade 5

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of matter, changes of state, and physical and chemical change.

Grade 6

  • Assess the impact of space exploration on society and the environment
  • Investigate characteristics of the systems of which the earth is a part and the relationship between the earth, the sun, and the moon
  • Demonstrate an understanding of components of the systems of which the earth is a part, and explain the phenomena that result from the movement of different bodies in space.

Physical Wonders

Grade 5

  • Conduct investigations that explore the properties of matter and changes in matter
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of matter, changes of state, and physical and chemical change.

Grade 7

  • Evaluate the social and environmental impacts of the use and disposal of pure substances and mixtures
  • Investigate the properties and applications of pure substances and mixtures
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of pure substances and mixtures, and describe these characteristics using the particle theory.

Grade 8

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties and uses of fluids.

Musical Science

Grade 4

  • Investigate the characteristics and properties of light and sound
  • Demonstrate an understanding of light and sound as forms of energy that have specific characteristics and properties.

Exciting Engineering

Grade 5

  • Investigate forces that act on structures and mechanisms
  • Identify forces that act on and within structures and mechanisms, and describe the effects of these forces on structures and mechanisms.

Grade 7

  • Analyse personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that need to be considered in designing and building structures and devices
  • Design and construct a variety of structures, and investigate the relationship between the design and function of these structures and the forces that act on them
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between structural forms and the forces that act on and within them.

Grade 8

  • Understand and use the formula work = force Å~ distance (W = F Å~ d) to establish the relationship between work, force, and distance moved parallel to the force in simple systems.

Environmental Engineering

Grade 5

  • Investigate forces that act on structures and mechanisms
  • Identify forces that act on and within structures and mechanisms, and describe the effects of these forces on structures and mechanisms.

Grade 7

  • Analyse personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that need to be considered in designing and building structures and devices
  • Design and construct a variety of structures, and investigate the relationship between the design and function of these structures and the forces that act on them
  • Investigate interactions within the environment, and identify factors that affect the balance between different components of an ecosystem

Grade 8

  • Investigate the properties of fluids and assess the impact of human activities and technologies on the sustainability of water resources

Electricity + Magnetism

Grade 5

  • Analyse the immediate and long-term effects of energy and resource use on society and the environment

Grade 6

  • Evaluate the impact of the use of electricity on both the way we live and the environment
  • Investigate the characteristics of static and current electricity, and construct simple circuits
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of electrical energy and its transformation into and from other forms of energy

Grade 7

  • Assess the impacts of human activities and technologies on the environment, and evaluate ways of controlling these impacts

Robotics 101

Grade 6

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of electrical energy and its transformation into and from other forms of energy.

Grade 7

  • Design and construct a variety of structures, and investigate the relationship between the design and function of these structures and the forces that act on them

Grade 8

  • Describe systems that have improved the productivity of various industries (e.g., robotic systems have increased the rate of production in factories that assemble the fine parts of wrist watches)