Science in the primary years takes a thematic approach providing for in-depth study and making connections across the curriculum. Our program provides opportunities for students to ask questions, experiment, make observations, draw conclusions and share their findings. In the study of earth and life sciences, we take full advantage of our close proximity to Fresh Pond Nature Preserve, as well as Boston museums, and parent expertise in various medical fields. In the study of physical science, materials are provided with which to experiment, build models and test students’ theories. Through these experiences, students begin to view themselves as scientists and see the world through a scientific lens.

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  • Grades 1 & 2

    In first and second grades, our goal is for students to see science as a way of asking questions and seeking answers through the study and exploration of physical and life sciences. Experiments are born out of children’s natural curiosity, as well as from teacher directed queries to teach specific concepts or vocabulary. Some topics are studied each year, while others rise out of children’s own questions. Within each topic, students are given ample opportunities to explore freely. In the physical sciences, they build and experiment with gears, pendulums, water and ramps as a way to understand how things work. They make predictions and test theories. In the life sciences, children explore the natural world through growing plants and observing and studying animals. 
  • Grades 3 & 4

    In third and fourth grades, students develop skills in scientific method, data collection, problem solving, effective communication, note taking, experiment design and engineering. They learn new vocabulary, research topics and write reports. Measuring, graphing and comparing are supported by work in math classes while projects and group presentations closely integrate the arts.

    This is a time for students to further develop their understanding and appreciation of the role of science. Through hands-on investigations and experiments, they practice the skills integral to the scientific process. These include predicting and hypothesizing, creating and using models, making detailed observations, classifying and categorizing, questioning and researching. 

Curriculum Sample

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  • Black's Nook study

  • Engineering/technology challenge

  • Human body

  • Magnets

  • Mapping and community

  • Rocks and minerals

  • The Earth: geology and ecology

Fayerweather Street School | 765 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 | 617-876-4746
Fayerweather is a private PreK, kindergarten, elementary and middle school. We engage each child’s intellect.