The science component of the PYP is characterized by concepts and skills rather than by content. Therefore, OurPlanet ensures that a breadth and balance of science content is covered through the units of inquiry. The knowledge component of science in the PYP is arranged into four strands:
- Living things
- Earth and Space
- Materials and Matter
- Forces and Energy.
What will students will be working on this year?
- observe and describe the characteristics of living and non-living things
- observe the needs of living things that enable them to stay healthy
- take responsibility for living things found in his or her environment.
- identify the parts of plants that are used by other living things (for example, for food, shelter, tools)
- be aware of the role of plants in sustaining life (for example, providing oxygen, food)
- show responsibility when caring for plants.
Materials and Matter
- use senses to describe observable properties of familiar materials (including solids, liquids, gases)
- describe observable changes (including changes of state) that occur in materials
- recognize that materials can be solid, liquid or gas
- be aware of how to change water into a solid, liquid and gas
- apply understanding of basic properties of materials in order to match materials to purpose (for example, waterproofing, insulating).
- Observe carefully in order to gather data.
- Plan and carry out systematic investigations, manipulating variables as necessary.
- Make and test predictions.
- Interpret and evaluate data gathered in order to draw conclusions.