The Cambridge Primary Science curriculum is presented in four content areas:
- Scientific enquiry.
Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work and recording and analysing data. The Scientific enquiry objectives underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also incorporated. The Cambridge Primary Science curriculum framework provides a solid foundation upon which the later stages of education can be built.
The Science curriculum provides a comprehensive set of progressive learning objectives from Kindergarten 2 to Grade 5. The objectives detail what the learner should know or what they should be able to do in each grade level of Elementary education. The learning objectives provide a structure for teaching and learning and a reference against which learners’ ability and understanding can be checked. The learning objectives are distributed to all parents at the beginning of the year.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
The ever-increasing impact of ICT on teaching and learning is an important consideration in education at all levels. Through ICT, there are greater opportunities for interactive communication and exchange of information through global collaboration, authentic learning, expansion of the learning community and empowerment for all learners.
To support this vision, JWA has strategically created a wealth of technology services, resources and tools. All students have access to grade level or personal laptops / desktops, as well as other shared resources that include iPads, digital cameras, video equipment, scanners, copier/print services and current software applications. Flexible library timetabling provides a flexible learning model implemented to meet the technology needs of teachers and students – anytime, anywhere.
A specialist ICT Integrator (teacher) contributes to the flexibility of this model attending the homeroom and providing in-class sessions or opportunities within a specialist classroom setting. Based on the learning needs and tasks, small or large group teaching options are used.
The following six ICT skills are relevant to all learners: investigating, creating, communicating, collaborating, organizing and becoming responsible digital citizens. Each skill is transdisciplinary and will support learning within the subject areas. These skills interact with each other to support the development of learners.
- Investigating is to carry out a purposeful inquiry or research, to test existing understanding, discover new information and create new understanding.
- Creating learners construct meaning, apply critical thinking and original ideas to real-world situations, and share knowledge through self-expression, problem solving, and reflection.
- Communicating is the exchange of information with various audiences using a range of media and formats.
- Collaborating learners are empowered through digital media and environments and through active participation in creating and sharing knowledge.
- Organizing learners make connections, transfer existing knowledge and independently explore new technologies.