At Sycamore Academy, we understand the importance of science in our rapidly changing world. Therefore, our entire learning community focuses on science together, enabling all of us to have conversations and share ideas.
We begin each year by studying various aspects of Earth Science. The entire school engages in learning about our planet. Students learn weather concepts and how weather affects our planet. Students examine ways that we can help our planet and preserve our resources for future generations. Students also examine space, comparing and contrasting our planet and others. Technology allows us to view simulations of these concepts.
Physical Science is any of the natural sciences, such as physics, chemistry, and astronomy, that deal primarily with non living materials. During the second trimester, the students engage in learning various topics and participate in scientific activities and share their learning across grade levels. Our annual Science Showcase is held during trimester 2. This showcase allows for teachers create an environment of discovery from Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade wherein students participate in hands-on science experiments as they debate theories, collaborate over findings and reflect on their learning.
The third trimester is dedicated to learning about life cycles throughout the school. From observing the butterfly life cycle to building self sustaining terrarium, students explore, discuss and reflect the building blocks of life. Students gain a clear understanding of the interdependence of all living things and our role in preserving a balance.
Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and coding, to all grades in a fun and challenging way through class lessons, challenges and clubs. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering coding concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world!
Students work with the California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum
The EEI Curriculum uses the environment as a context to help students learn science. This curriculum allows teachers to integrate environmental literacy into classroom instruction, while introducing students to California’s unique environment.
Physical activities/ Health and Wellness
All students enjoy physical education every Monday through Thursday. Students are guided through specific skill based activities as they build their aerobic capacity, abdominal strength, upper body strength, endurance, and flexibility to improve their overall body composition. Physical education provides a way to teach students new skills and ideas in a hands on fashion. Physical education proves to help improve the physical health, social extroversion, and psychological capabilities.
Additionally, throughout the year students are taught about making smart food choices, being responsible for one's own hygiene needs, defending against communicable diseases and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.