The Renaissance Charter School Science Curriculum highlights the child’s relationship to matter: biology and zoology, to space: here and around us, to energy: movement, and to time: history.
Biology studies include the plant kingdom overview and study of trees, leaves, and flowers. Zoology studies include classification of the animal kingdom: vertebrae/invertebrates with an emphasis on vertebrates, such as fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal. The student will further these units to include a study of the Body Systems-skeletal, circulatory, respiratory and digestive. In addition, students will study geology, meteorology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, and scientific method. Seasonal science lessons and experiments will be interwoven throughout the classroom environment. Examples include leaves, nutrition, and weather.
In all aspects of the Science Curriculum scientific experimentation, exploration, lab work, discovery and mastery of specific concepts is emphasized. Students will use Montessori materials, three part cards, textbooks, prepared experiments, kit-based lab materials, and demonstrations, to learn principles directly and deduce them from data. Scientific thinking will be stressed as students work as scientists and receive a strong background in the history and concepts of science.