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Science and the PYP


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Science in the PYP

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Science and the PYP

  1. 1. Stand alone or embedded?
  2. 2.  Why science is important in the PYP.  Science examples embedded in the unit and stand alone.  Conclusions- do we NEED to teach science in PYP at all or is inquiry enough?
  3. 3.  Is it? 1. inquiry based 2. real world  Is it neglected no matter what curriculum at the primary level?  Are we preparing our learners to be good ‘scientists’ or good inquirers?  Science helps students to become critical thinkers by encouraging to evaluate the use of science in society and the application of science in daily life-Science Learning Area Statement, Curriculum Framework 1998, WA
  4. 4.  Stand alone and unit embedded
  5. 5. •Inquiry: to express values and ideas through story telling •Method: Learners used materials to create a castle & tell story •Science Strand: Materials & Matter •Concepts: Form •Science Skills: identify a problem to be explored •Learner Profile: Communicators, open minded •Teacher Reflection: made ‘sense’, had better fit. Learners were excited to use current understanding and previous knowledge. Technology based.
  6. 6. •Inquiry: To understand why a boat floats. •Science Strand: Forces & Energy •Concepts: Function •Science Skills: observe carefully in order to gather data •Method: Learners made a paper boat, added bears to test ‘buoyancy’ •Learner Profile: inquirer, risk taker •Teacher Reflection: a rushed, ‘one off’ exercise. Had nothing to do with our unit BUT learners were naturally curious. More ‘scientific’.
  7. 7. • It is not science that is the key but the inquiry • Inquiry is embedded in the unit whether it be science, math, language • It is these inquiry experiences that prepare learners for the real world. • If science is ‘a process which encourages hands-on experience and inquiry, and enables the individual to make informed and responsible decisions, not only in Science but also in other areas of life". (IBO, 2007) then are we doing enough?