Lower School at TASIS

Our Lower School program is committed to focusing on the whole child and the active exploration of the world around us.

Welcome to Lower School Science

Children are captivated and delighted by the adventures of discovering science. Guided by a science specialist, our lower school students learn to examine and observe, as they begin to form an understanding of the natural world through inquiry. As students explore new concepts, they are challenged to make predictions and carry out investigations.

Classroom teachers work alongside the science specialist to help students develop foundational laboratory skills as they learn how to use equipment, take measurements, make estimatations, and record observations. The significance of science is integrated into mathematics, social studies, reading, and writing lessons, through class discussions on data, historical scientific advances, science biographies, and technical writing.

Science News

The future success of today's students will depend on their ability to solve problems by thinking laterally and working collaboratively. TASIS England complements its traditional education in both the Lower and Middle Schools with programs, designed to help students acquire these important skills.

TASIS has partnered with i2 Learning, an international provider of STEAM programs designed to engage and inspire young students. i2 has developed fun, hands-on courses in collaboration with MIT, Harvard, the US Naval Academy, and other world-class scientific and academic institutions to cover a range of STEAM topics, including engineering, genetics, robotics, computer science, mathematics, ecology, and more.

Brian Smith '07 visited our first graders in the new Lower School science laboratory to share his knowledge and experience as a chemical engineer. Using a huge container of liquid nitrogen, he demonstrated states of matter, temperature range, phase changes, and safety considerations when handling chemicals such as liquid nitrogen. His experiment with a balloon was a crowd pleaser and demonstrated Boyle's Law for our young learners.

About the experiment: Nitrogen is a gas that makes up 70% of our atmosphere and when frozen, turns into liquid nitrogen. About the Lesson of Study: States of Matter for First Grade includes sorting activities and demonstrations to differentiate between solids, liquids and gases. Students were given trays with 15 objects (some hidden in balloons) and were asked to make observations and justify why they determined objects were solid. Phase changes of water were demonstrated in anticipation of their upcoming experiment and classroom teachers gave homework using a matter 'sort' chart to reinforce what was completed in the lab activities.

First grade students launched into their unit on matter by combining solids and liquids to determine if a gas is created. "A certain solid mixed with a certain liquid may explode in the air," first grader Svetlana recalls of a memorable science project earlier this year.

Ms. Railey kicked off science with a bang and asked classes to mix corn flour with water, which was then poured into white film canisters with black eyes drawn on to make 'ghost rockets'. The group went outside to add one final ingredient: Alka Seltzer tablet pieces. Students quickly placed the caps tightly on to the film canisters, turned them upside down, and stepped back to make observations of their 'ghost rockets.'

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