"The voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new horizons, but in seeing with new eyes." – Marcel Proust
Barnesville has adopted NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS published by the National Science Teachers Association.
At the Barnesville School, we use an inquiry approach to science instruction. In this approach, teachers guide students through hands-on discovery activities. Students are encouraged to ask questions and are given the opportunity to explore the answers to these questions. This approach allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts being presented. These developmentally appropriate activities help students to develop the skills necessary to succeed in challenging science classes and foster a lifelong love of science. Our curriculum meets and exceeds the Next Generation Science Standards published by the National Science Teachers Association in 2013.
Beginning at the youngest age our students are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop an understanding of foundational science concepts. From watching caterpillars grow into a butterflies and releasing them, to hatching baby chicks in the classroom, to picking apples at the orchard, our science curriculum is based on the understanding that children have a natural tendency to enjoy observing and thinking about nature and are motivated to explore the world around them. Our science curriculum is taught with an integrated approach allowing our students to experience art, music, movement, field trip, hands-on, and literary experiences through science.
Our Lower School science program is completely integrated with the rest of the curriculum. This helps our students to realize that science is everywhere. Students are encouraged to ask questions, predict outcomes, and draw conclusions based on their observations. Hands-on activities, such as pumpkin math and icemen measuring, are designed to teach data collection and measurement in ways that are engaging, challenging, and fun. Science and ecology partnerships enhance our curriculm with projects such as growing and harvesting crops on campus with Brickyard Educational Farm and creating reef balls for Chesapeake Bay oysters with students from the Poolesville High School Global Ecology Magnet Program.
Our Middle School science program invites students to develop a deeper understanding of the main branches of science—Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Sciences. Each grade focuses on one of these branches. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities such as building water towers and rollercoasters are woven into our curriculum, and we bring the arts into as many lessons as possible. We continue to encourage students to ask good questions. Through our class discussions and hands-on activities, students are challenged to develop their own theories and look at these theories with a critical eye. Students respectfully question each other and search for evidence to support, modify, or dismiss these theories.