Science

The Science Program at VIS follows the Ontario Curriculum and analyses it with a specific emphasis on critical awareness, nature, and environmentalism.  We relate this material directly to current global events such as increasing natural disasters, water shortages, climate change, and stem cell research, and examine how it impacts our economy, the environment and the dimensions of politics, health, and society.  This way we’re able to infuse student learning with relevant and current – yet still scientific – subject matter. Students have opportunities to engage in a great deal of hands-on learning in demonstrations and labs. From these experiments, formal lab reports are written with a specific emphasis on understanding experimental design. They also work on research projects focusing on key scientific concepts and present this information in a variety of different ways; for example, teaching the class, using computer games, and creating songs or skits. The philosophy of “learning by doing” is key to the Science Program.  This multi-dimensional approach to learning reaches students with all learning styles and solidifies core subject matter.  It also sparks a sense of excitement and interest in Science, serving students well in future courses. Students are not only instilled with a desire and a sense of responsibility to care for our planet, but they are also given the tools and the confidence to take action.

Primary Science

The Primary science program at VIS is filled with many hands-on and experiential opportunities for students to engage with the Ontario science curriculum in a dynamic and academic way. The learning that happens both inside and outside the classroom fosters a sense of scientific inquiry and discovery. It encourages a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of our world and infuses our global education approaches and philosophy.

We visit many local places around Toronto to learn about science in our world.

Junior Science

The Junior science program fosters a sense of scientific inquiry, discovery, and experiential learning, through a program which is participatory, engaging, and academically rigorous. It encourages proficiency in the skills, strategies and habits of mind required for scientific inquiry and nurtures a deep understanding of the interconnections between society, technology and the environment. It incorporates the Ontario Curriculum expectations, while infusing global education approaches and philosophy. Students will implement the scientific method during hands on experiments, develop research skills and investigate the role of science and technology in their life. The program provides a balance of independent and collaborative work and we participate in many field trips in order to engage in authentic learning

Intermediate

The Intermediate Science program focuses on developing sophisticated scientific inquiry skills through research, engineering, and experimentation while also engaging students with content from four disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics and space/earth science. Students learn how to develop testable hypotheses, carry out their own experiments, and interpret their results to draw conclusions. They design, build and test devices intended to solve problems. They also become aware of how science impacts different areas of society and that local and global issues that can be solved using science rarely have straight forward solutions.