PYP1 (Grade 1) Science

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?

Earth and Space

  • describe the natural features of local and other environments (for example, underlying geology)
  • analyse ways in which humans use the natural environment
  • identify or generate a question or problem to be explored in relation to human impact on the local environment.
  • recognize that imagination contributes to scientific developments
  • explore the use of imagination as a tool to solve problems (for example, particular inventions, scientific discoveries).
  • examine how people use air in their everyday lives (for example, transportation, recreation)

Materials and Matter

  • reflect on and self-assess his or her personal use of natural resources
  • investigate ways that familiar materials can be reused
  • group materials on the basis of properties for the purpose of recycling
  • describe how a particular material is recycled
  • explore the role of living things in recycling energy and matter.

Living things (Age 5-7)

  • recognize that living things, including humans, need certain resources for energy and growth
  • investigate the responses of plants or animals to changes in their habitats.
  • identify or generate a question or problem to be explored in relation to human impact on the local environment.
  • explore the role of living things in recycling energy and matter.

Skills

  • Observe carefully in order to gather data.
  • Identify or generate a question or problem to be explored.
  • Plan and carry out systematic investigations, manipulating variables as necessary.
  • Make and test predictions.
  • Interpret and evaluate data gathered in order to draw conclusions.