Section: Sciences   |   School: Grammar School

At Wilson Hill Academy we believe that teaching science in the grammar stage should equip students to begin thinking about God’s creation both “Christianly” and “scientifically.” This means reinforcing the child’s natural wonder for the world God created and helping each child see God’s glory as revealed in His creation.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead. Romans 1:20

It also means equipping the student with “tools” that can be used as he or she begins to explore God’s world and discover the depths of His creation.  These tools include observation and classification, exercises in comparison and contrast and a beginning appreciation for concepts like cause-and-effect, process thinking and systems thinking.

There are three basic “courses” (covering a set of related topics) offered in the Grammar stage, and typically three developmental “levels” (corresponding to 4th, 5th and 6th grades).  Where possible, separate classes will be held at each level, and one or more courses will be offered each year.

Course 1:  Human Body Systems, Light and the Eye, Sound and the Ear, The Water Cycle, Pond Life

This course is intended to encourage a love for the natural world and the miracle of the human body. Students will be prepared for subsequent science courses through the development of good observation and note-taking skills, basic drawing skills, and focused listening and reading skills.

Students will explore the pond habitat, the water cycle, and the human body as they observe nature, consider the details of their findings, read and discuss science books, create projects, deliver presentations, and work in their science journals.

Textbook:  current book list below

Course 2:  Navigation, The Solar System, Weather, Rocketry

What is the optimal design for a model rocket? Will we colonize Mars in my lifetime? Why do Northerners have a “White Christmas” while Southerners decorate palm trees on the beach? What is a Super Moon? How does a compass work? How do ships avoid getting lost? These questions and more will be answered as we track weather as junior meteorologists, make a quadrant to get our bearings like Columbus, use a compass and map to chart a course, star gaze, and learn how the new space race is shaping up!

Students in this class will learn to record data, to read maps, to construct data-collecting instruments, to build models, to present reports, and to conduct investigations. They will use labs and current resources to better understand the scientific method as it applies to weather, navigation, astronomy and rocketry. This engaging, hands-on class is bound to captivate budding young scientists!

Prior knowledge of basic arithmetic, as well as an awareness of positive and negative numbers and fractions is helpful. Comfort with multiplication, division of whole numbers and using a ruler would also be helpful, as well as a basic knowledge of location of continents, oceans and US coasts. Reading aloud, using a printer and scanner, and conducting some activities outside are expected in this class.

Textbook:  current book list below

Course 3:  The Metric System, Matter, Mixtures Elements & Compounds, Motion Forces, & Energy, Simple Machines, Electricity

While being introduced to the content of chemistry and physics, students will explore God’s creation through the study of topics such as states of matter, atomic structure, elements and compounds and their properties, chemical reactions and solutions, bonding, the periodic table, and acids and bases.  Newton’s Laws, simple machines, energy, electricity and magnetism, light, and the intersection of science and society will also be examined.

Students will cultivate skills of observation, experimentation, inquiry, vocabulary development, measurement using the metric system and lab instruments, and application and presentation of the scientific method. Students will finish the course excited about their competency as scientific investigators with an excellent foundation for future exploration at home and in science classes.

Textbook:  current book list below

2020-2021 Grammar of Science 1, 2, & 3 Book & Materials List