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First School Science

Building a sense of wonder & exploration while learning about the world around us


 

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.
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Mary Mix
First School Science Coordinator
mmix@keyschool.org

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.