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Upcoming events in Prep science

Year 7 boys have just completed a “Measurement & Foundations of Science” unit of study where they learned how to measure scientifically and how to write an experimental report while gaining an appreciation for the contributions of past scientists. We are now into our “Science Fair” unit and the boys are currently narrowing down their science fair topics and will soon be designing and carrying out their own carefully-controlled experiments. The final projects will be presented at our Science Fair on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Note: Family and friends are invited to attend the event from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Please read this letter to parents to learn more details about the Science Fair as well as a helpful page of frequently asked questions.

The Year 6 boys have been studying “Pure Substances and Mixtures” and are now beginning a study of “Heat in the Environment”. The unit will closely follow the topics in our science textbook and regular readings can be found on the Nov./Dec. science calendar that can be found in your son’s science binder. The following is a summary of the topics the boys will be learning:

  • The particle theory of matter • The three main states of matter
  • The effect of heat on volume • Conduction, convection and radiation
  • Heat and energy transformations • Applications of heat technology
  • The connection between heat and temperature

One of the culminating activities will be the design and scientific testing of an insulated container.

In the new year, our Year 5 students will begin a more focussed science unit of inquiry with a study of the ten different types of energy (e.g. gravitational, elastic, mechanical, heat, etc.) and explorations into how “everything happens” because of the transfer of energy. They will then spend several weeks participating in hands-on experiences and simulations. Lessons typically begin by getting students to examine their current beliefs about how something works, conduct an experiment with electrical circuits, make observations and construct hypotheses about how/ why something works as it does. Student discussion is a central activity as we aim to address misunderstandings that students have about the cyclic and simultaneous nature of electron movement in simple circuits. The home form teachers will apply this understanding of energy and electricity in an exploration of the different ways electricity can be produced and distributed in our homes.

Our other primary classes will continue to study science through investigations into the following topics:

SK – the growth of living things; the use of senses to inquire

Year 1 – the human brain; the sun as the source of light and energy on earth; structures (base of support, stability, etc.)

Year 2 – nutrition; scientific innovations; simple machines; animal adaptations

Year 3 – forces; sustainable development; how human interactions with plants impact the environment

Year 4 – properties of matter; biomes and the impact of climate change


The Science Department Teachers