At Trinity Catholic Academy, Fifth Grade Science class is a brand new experience. It is the first time that students are changing classes and have another teacher for a major subject area. This entails new expectations, traveling with their books, and answering to someone other than their homeroom teacher. It allows for a taste of the major adjustment next year as a part of the middle school.
Science is introduced as an area where we play and discover, an area where being wrong can lead to new discoveries, and an area where questions begin the scientific process. The Diocese of Worcester has implemented a science curriculum of three major subject areas per year. In Fifth Grade we delve into Food Chains/Ecosystems, Levers/Pulleys/Simple Machines, and Rocks/Minerals.
Every other year, we have a science fair in which students work by themselves or in a team for several months on a project of their choosing. It is a project based on a scientific method. Students have the opportunity to work in an area of interest, work on a long term project and share their results with judges in order to gain public speaking skills and self confidence in sharing their work.