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Science Corner

Science is taught using place-based, experiential and environmental approaches as mandated by the Quebec Education Program. The three competencies for science and technology are strengthened and put into operation during hands-on labs and cooperative discussion. The three competencies of the QEP’s Science and Technology Program are:

1) To propose explanations for or solutions to scientific or technological problems.

2) To make the most of scientific and technological tools, objects and procedures.

3) To communicate in the languages used in science and technology.

We use the school grounds and the surrounding community in our explorations and count on parents as outdoor classroom volunteers and as science mentors in their field of expertise. We are fortunate at Willingdon to have parents with diverse academic and professional backgrounds and last year the students enjoyed several parent-led science classes on physiotherapy, geology and physics. I encourage you to sign up as an outdoor classroom volunteer or as a science mentor.


The science classroom is once again coming to life, both literally with plants, cocoons and of course Obie the classroom turtle, and figuratively with the energy and curiosity of your children! The students in Cycles 2 and 3 have one and a half hours of science per week. This is organized into a one-hour session and a half hour session every week. The technology lab is used several times throughout the year so that the students can complete some online research and the SmartBoard is in constant use in the science classroom. The students are provided with a science notebook that will stay in the science classroom until December when they can take it home and share with you and return it after the holiday break. We are working on a homework website for science and we will inform the students and parents as soon as it is up and running. In the meantime homework will be assigned with a handout or in the agenda.

Maternelle / Kindergarten

Premier cycle / Cycle 1

Deuxieme cycle / Cycle 2

In Grade 3 the focus is on plants, food production (the Willingdon food gardens will be used as learning sites for this in the fall and the spring), flight, space and the solar system, robotics, weather & climate and potions (intro to chemistry). Students will work on several small group projects in class.

In Grade 4 the focus is on the needs of living things, life cycles, classification, geology (rocks and minerals), closing the resource loop, waste management and reduction, and simple physics (forces, work, gravity and simple machines). There will be several projects assigned and class presentations, these will be well announced with both a handout and notification in the agendas and on the homework site.

Troisieme cycle / Cycle 3

In Grade 5 the focus is on forces of motion, adaptation and the human body. Classes will start off with cooperative learning labs where they will construct marble machines to share with Kindergarten and learn about the forces of motion and engineering. Students in Grade 5 will participate in The Human Body Expo where they will mount a workshop and presentation on one part of the human body system for students in Grade One (there will be a 4-6pm expo for the families as well) this takes place in the spring. The year will finish with a trip to the Morgan Arboretum where students will learn about Quebec biodiversity.