Science

    The Science Program at VIS follows the Ontario Curriculum while analyzing it with a specific emphasis on critical awareness, nature, and environmentalism.  We relate this material directly to current global events such as natural disasters, water shortages, climate change, and stem cell research, for example.  We examine how world events impact the environment politics, health, and society.  This way, we’re able to infuse student learning with relevant and current – yet still scientific – subject matter.

    Students have many opportunities to engage in hands-on learning through demonstrations and labs. These formal lab reports are written with a specific emphasis on understanding experimental design. Students also work on research projects that focus on key scientific concepts and present this information in a variety of ways.

    The philosophy of “learning by doing” is key to the Science Program.  This multi-dimensional approach to teaching and learning is accessible to students 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 trips, hands-on, and experiential opportunities for students to engage in. 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 Integrative Education™ approaches and philosophy.

    Junior Science

    The Junior science curriculum also fosters a sense of scientific inquiry, discovery, and experiential learning, through a participatory, engaging, and academically rigorous program. It encourages proficiency in the skills and strategies required for scientific inquiry while nurturing a deep understanding of the connections between society, technology and the environment. It incorporates the Ontario Curriculum expectations, while infusing Integrative 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, real world 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 in order to draw conclusions. They design, build and test devices intended to solve problems.