In Grade 5 the initial focus is on solving problems as a group by working on a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) project where their group is tasked with conceiving and building a marble machine during science class. Following that, the focus is on adaptation and the human body. 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 (if COVID permits there will be a 4-6pm expo for the families as well) this takes place in May. Spring will see an exploration of our freshwater ecology including a pond study while at camp Bout-en-Train (again if COVID permits). There will be several small projects assigned and class presentations, these will be well announced with both a handout and notification via both Google Classroom and Mozaik.
In Grade 6 the focus is on climate change, energy and ecology. Students learn about trees, their physiology, how to identify trees, the animals that are supported by trees, forest ecology and the role trees and plants play in the health of the planet. The water cycles and carbon cycles are explored in Grade 6 and the concept of the carbon footprint is introduced. Both renewable and non-renewable energy and energy conservation technologies and innovation will be explored as the students complete an energy, water and waste audit of the school building. In February (If COVID permits) the Grade 6 students will attend a high school Science Fair where they will be in charge of evaluating several projects after having been introduced to the scientific method in class. Students are also introduced to the water cycle. Water systems, water purification and sewage treatment are also explored along with international issues regarding access to clean water, ocean pollution and climate change’s effects on all of the above. Robotics and Coding will also be explored using EV3 Mindstorm and participating in Hour of Code activities. There will be several science projects assigned and class presentations, these will be well announced with both a handout and notification via both Google Classroom and Mozaik.