RoxScience Grades PK-5
Science is a creative and analytic endeavor, made active by our human capacity to think. Scientific knowledge advances when scientists observe natural phenomena, objects and events, think about how they relate to what is known, test their ideas in logical ways, and generate explanations that integrate the new information into understanding of the natural and designed worlds. Engineers apply that understanding to solve real-world problems. It is Roxbury’s mission to provide even our youngest students with opportunities to think and behave as scientists and engineers.
The best way for our elementary students to appreciate this scientific endeavor, learn important scientific and engineering concepts, and develop the ability to think is to actively participate in the science and engineering practices through their own investigations and analyses. Our newly revised science curriculum and the FOSS Next Generation Program was designed specifically to provide students with meaningful experiences through engaging in active investigations that includes participation in those practices.
The important issues in science education today are not trends, but advances. These advances are characterized by students who are active learners, constructing their own understanding from many experiences rather than passive recipients of someone else's knowledge. The field of science today consists of thinking and communicating ideas, discoveries, and solutions to problems. There is a powerful movement in science to integrate curriculum so that science lessons support and reinforce skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. This is done through reading of informational texts, writing in science notebooks in K-2 and 3-5, and the collection and analyzation of statistical data. There is also movement toward greater application of electronic technologies in the science curriculum. Roxbury is providing more opportunities for our elementary students to develop initial conceptual understanding of electrical circuits, coding, and the engineering process.
Deliver to me a student who likes science, and I will be forever in your debt! Traditionally, textbook-trained students determine science to be difficult, boring, and uninteresting. However, with our new hands-on approach that is rich in content with the support of the FOSS Next Generation Program, our Roxbury students love science and report that science is their favorite subject. So how does our new science curriculum prepare your child for the future? In the best possible way—by giving him or her the ability to think creatively, write and communicate clearly based on evidence and data, and to have the opportunity for a future course of study that includes advanced STEM/STEAM content.