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First School Science

Key's First School science program allows students to develop and practice the skills necessary to learn about their world with scientific exploration taking place throughout the day.

Children are encouraged to use all of their senses to carefully observe their surroundings and environment. A focus on place-based learning is a primary component of First School science.

Students have the opportunity to explore their environment in a variety of settings.

  • In the Treetop Science Room students conduct hands-on exploratory experiments and lab work, and care for living things such as a variety of small animals and plants. 
  • Students visit Quiet Waters Park monthly in a Forest Study, explore Key's immediate campus & Fusco Athletic Park, and visit Hillsmere Beach to study the Chesapeake Bay.
  • In the First School kitchen, students use tools to prepare recipes and experience a variety of foods. The campus gardens are utilized to help students understand where food comes from.
A kindergarten boy and girl stand over a large boxed garden examining the plants in the dirt
A pre-kindergarten girl crouches over to examine moss on a tree in the woods
An African American pre-school boy sorts through a box with compartments full of rocks and gemstones
Three pre-school girls and one pre-school boy stand in a circle around a female teacher who is holding a plant
Two Kindergarten girls use a magnifying glass to examine rocks and gems while seated at a round table
A pre-kindergarten boy with blonde hair uses a red magnifying glass to examine a leaf
A pre-school boy stands at a round table with his hand in a white bag examining its contents
Kristin Baker

First School Science Coordinator

Goals of First School Science
  • Equip students with a variety of scientific problem-solving skills.
  • Develop an understanding of the scientific process.
  • Develop an awareness of the characteristics of plants and animals, ecology and the physical sciences.
  • Reinforce the concept that all students are scientists as they investigate, study and learn.
  • Develop skills for measurement, matching and sorting.
  • Develop the ability to identify patterns, trends and change.