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Science

At the Upper Elementary level, Science is a core curricular area. We employ a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to science that is compatible with the Montessori philosophy and motivates and stimulates curiosity. Students learn to think scientifically by investigating, experimenting, gathering data, organizing results, and drawing conclusions based on their actions and observations.

  • Follow-up questions to weekly experiments motivate students to think about new ideas and help them realize connections to other areas of study. 
  • Recall questions get students to remember information.
  • Integrating questions spur them to process information. 
  • Open-ended questions challenge them to infer, create, and solve problems. 
  • Thematic questions help them realize connections between scientific ideas and processes. 
The elementary years are a time of wonderment and awe. This underlies our approach to science education, as we seek to encourage and harness this natural inclination. Students engage in adventurous scientific pursuits inside the classroom and around the school grounds. Each individual has a site on campus designated as a “sit spot” – their own space to observe the changes both large and small that occur in nature throughout the year. This is an excellent opportunity to hone scientific habits of mind, particularly those related to observation. At the Outdoor Classroom. and all around our campus, students grow vegetables, observe wildlife, and classify organisms.
Fall: For one cycle each fall, students are grouped together by grade level for the study of human body systems. Each year begins with developmentally appropriate lessons on puberty, reproductive anatomy, and the reproductive system. Fourth graders focus on the digestive system, fifth graders study the respiratory system, while sixth graders learn more about the reproductive system. By including these lessons in our Science curriculum we hope to normalize discussions of all aspects of our bodies. This work is supported by lessons in Life Skills related to the emotional changes experienced by children in pre- to early-adolescence. We encourage you to continue these conversations at home.
 
Spring: Students study both environmental and ecological science in preparation for a three-day, two-night trip dedicated to field studies. Fourth and fifth graders attend Ferry Beach Ecology School, while sixth graders attend Chewonki Outdoor Classroom, both in Maine. 

Our UE Science curriculum covers the following areas:

Life Science
• Environments
• Food and nutrition
• Human body
• Multi-day experiential field trips
 
Physical Science
• Physics of sound
• Magnetism and electricity
• Levers and pulleys
• Mixtures and solutions
 
Earth Science
• Solar energy
• Land forms
• Multi-day experiential field trips
 
Scientific Reasoning and Technology
• Variables
• Measurement
• Models and design
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Inly School

46 Watch Hill Drive | Scituate, MA 02066
Tel: 781-545-5544 | Fax: 781-545-6522
Welcome to Inly, a private, independent Montessori school with innovative programs that inspire toddlers, preschool and K-8 students to become independent, lifelong learners. Our inviting community draws students from 20 towns on the South Shore of Boston,
including Scituate, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Hull.