Science is offered to students through first-hand experience, at every stage, thus building on their natural curiosity and stimulating them to investigate and question.
– At the primary stage, at KCI the child engages in joyfully exploring the world and harmonizing with it, thus acquiring the basic cognitive, psychomotor and language skills through observation, classification and inference. The child, then, moves on to learning through familiar experiences and engage in hands-on activities, like creating a working model of a windmill. At higher levels, the students engage in learning science as a composite discipline with more advanced tools.
– Issues concerning the environment and health (reproductive and sexual health) are an important component of learning through all stages of the curriculum.
– At King’s College India, the curriculum is very mindful of the fact that children are natural scientists with endless questions about the world in which they live. Hands-on experiments will be conducted with materials from everyday life that will challenge the young scientists’ intellects and challenge them to explore their world.
Cambridge Secondary curriculum framework of Science covers four content areas:
- Scientific enquiry
Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work, and recording and analysing data. The scientific enquiry objectives underpin biology, chemistry and physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge.
A variety of teaching techniques are used to foster scientific temper among the students. These include videos, models, animations and simulations, demonstrations, expositions and discussions. Students are also taken for educational trips, and talks or workshops on relevant topics are also organized. Projects that encourage research work are also are used as appropriate to enrich the learning experience. An effective method of stimulating interest in the subject is by involving students directly in activities which are hands on experimental work.
The beauty of the natural world is best appreciated through close association and observation. The enormous variety and colour of flowers, the different species of trees, seasonal fruits & vegetables, and the flora typical to extremes of weather provide a fascinating study for all ages. Beginning with a simple study of leaf shapes to growing flowering plants, at kings college india we experience the miracle of nature.
The animal kingdom holds a natural fascination for children. Activities & projects both in the classroom and through outdoor visits/camps, age-appropriate documentaries and of course, study of the animal world promotes well informed and caring citizens of tomorrow.
Apart from the utility of Astronomy in the ordinary sense of the word, the study of this science is of the highest value as an intellectual training. The study of this science cultivates nearly every faculty of the mind; its memory, its reasoning power, and its imagination, all receive from it special exercise and development. By the precise and mathematical character of many of its discussions, it enforces exactness of thought and expression and corrects vague indefiniteness which is apt to be the result of pure literary training. On the other hand, by the beauty and grandeur of the subjects it presents, it stimulates the imagination and gratifies the poetic sense. In every way, it well deserves its place in education.