Learning Science is a six-level series to teach science at a Primary School level. It features scaffolding techniques for students to build scientific thinking as well as cognitive academic language.
The primary interests of the series are to help students enjoy science, think like scientists and envisage science as an important activity in their daily life. The series has been shaped with:
* Constructivist principles which allow students to engage in real processes in order to explore, explain, and build their own knowledge and express scientific concepts in English.
* An inquiry-based instruction to allow children to develop basic scientific skills such as: observing, predicting, communicating, classifying, measuring, inferring, synthesizing, and evaluating, in order to acquire a real understanding by “obtaining” and “experiencing” knowledge, rather than just getting information in a passive way.
* Learning Strategies to help students elicit their strengths and improve their metacognitive, cognitive and socio-affective skills.
* Activities that enhance Cooperative Learning and the development of Multiple Intelligences, while recognizing that when students are given the appropriate tools, they are eager to discover the world by themselves and express their own opinions and feelings within the social context.
Learning Science promotes problem solving activities and provides the opportunity to develop communicative competences as students have to use vocabulary and expressions to communicate the results and concepts learned.
A partnership with WWF, World Wide Fund for Nature, fosters children’s awareness of their role in building a healthier and happier living planet.