Science

 
Overview
The science program at Heather School is an important part of our curriculum. Heather follows the San Carlos School District Scope and Sequence for science as aligned with the State Science Framework. Instruction is provided in all classrooms on a regular basis. The FOSS Science Kits are used in all grades, K-4. They are supplemented by books, audio-visual materials, and other from the county instructional materials center (SMERC). These instructional materials along with the addition of individual teacher-developed lessons provide a balanced approach to teaching the three major science areas: life science, earth science, and physical science.

Using this science program, students learn to develop and apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills. Science skills are integrated across the curriculum as children write reports, evaluate, measure, and develop graphs and charts to enhance oral presentations.

The Health program varies according to grade level, but includes instruction on nutrition, physical education, dental hygiene, the human body, and drug education including D.A.R.E.

FOSS Science Topics

  1. Kindergarten: Wood, Trees, Paper, Fabrics, Animals
  2. Grade One: Weather/ Air, Balance and Motion, New Plants
  3. Grade Two: Pebbles, Sand and Silt, Insects, Solids and Liquids
  4. Grade Three: Structures of Life, Physics of Sound, Earth Materials
  5. Grade Four: Human Body, Magnetism and Electricity, Water

Study trips, guest lectures, and assemblies are scheduled to enrich both the Health and Science programs. Study trips can include trips to the Minolta Planetarium, The Exploratorium, the Discovery Museum, a local pumpkin farm, environmental hikes, Coyote Point Museum, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, the Marine Science Institute, Filoli, California Academy of Science, the U.S. Geological Service offices in Menlo Park, the San Francisco Symphony, Coyote Hills, a primary-grades camp-out, or BFI Waste Management.

Other instructional resources Include: The Peninsula Humane Society, Project Wild / Aquatic Wild – The Dairy Council, AIMS.

Science and Health is taught across curriculum using cooperative learning techniques: reading, written and oral language, social studies, art, drama, math, physical education.

Technology is used to enhance instruction by the use of videos and films, computer for graphing, word processing, spreadsheet, and Internet, and calculators.

Students are encouraged to apply science/health knowledge in a range of problem-solving related activities, includng Harvest of the Mind, R.O.P.E.S (Gr 4 ), Heather Discovery Day / Cultural Arts Day, Science Night, Family Math Night and Earth-Day activities.