Topic A: Creating Colour

Students explore coloured materials, learning about different forms of colours, how they are created, what happens when they are mixed and how they can be transferred from one material to another.

Students learn to distinguish and describe colours and work with a variety of materials to create, modify and apply colours. In the process, students learn that different materials have particular properties of interaction which must be taken into account when they are used for specific purposes.

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Topic B: Seasonal Changes

Students learn that changes in their environment occur in a regular pattern known as the seasons. They explore weather change and how the ups & downs of weather affect their own lives.

Looking beyond themselves and beyond the immediate weather, students are guided to discover that there are larger patterns of change that affect the life habits of many living things.

The interactions among different parts of the environment, and the recurrence of change as part of a cycle, are important science ideas that are introduced during this unit.

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Topic C: Building Things

Students learn about materials by using them to construct a variety of objects, including model buildings, toys, boats & vehicles. Students select materials and gain experience as they cut, shape, fold and pile materials one on top of the other, join parts and try different techniques to achieve the intended result.

In the process, they learn to look at objects that are similar to what they are trying to construct and, with guidance, begin to recognize the component parts that make up the whole.


Topic D: Senses

Students develop a consciousness of their own senses and how they are used. They learn that each of their senses provides an awareness of particular aspects of our environment and, that together, the senses enable us to know things and do things that we would not be able to do so easily.

Students learn about the function of their senses, how they are cared for, how they could be damaged, how one's own ability to sense things may differ from those of other people and other living things. During this unit, students also learn to sharpen the use of their senses and describe as accurately as possible the information that their senses provide.


Topic E: Needs of Animals and Plants

Students learn what living things are and what they need to live and grow. By studying a variety of living things, students become familiar with similarities & differences and develop skills for describing and classifying what they see.

As the unit progresses, attention is focused on how living things survive, what their needs are and how these needs are met. Throughout this unit, students become aware that groups of living things may share some common needs and that different animals and plants meet those needs in different ways. Responsibility for the care and nurturing of living things is also emphasized.