At BCS, science is viewed as the exploration of the biological, chemical and physical aspects of the natural world as well as the relationships between them. The inclusion of science within the PYP at Berlin Cosmopolitan School leads learners to an appreciation and awareness of the world as it is viewed from a scientific perspective. It encourages curiosity and ingenuity and enables the student to develop an understanding of the world. Reflection on scientific knowledge also helps students to develop a sense of responsibility regarding the impact of their actions on themselves, others and their world.
The Primary Years Programme of Inquiry at BCS focuses on six transdisciplinary themes that are each covered in a six week period. The transdisciplinary themes provide a framework for a highly defined, focused, in-depth programme of inquiry, and as science is relevant to all the transdisciplinary themes, all planned sciences take place within this framework.
The Programme of Inquiry provides for the exploration of science through four strands:
BCS students learn about the study of characteristics, systems and behaviors of humans and other animals, and of plants; the interactions and relationships between and among them, and with their environment.
Earth and Space
BCS students study the planet Earth and its position in the universe, particularly its relationship with the Sun; the natural phenomena and systems that shape the planet and the distinctive features that identify it; the infinite and finite resources of the planet.
Materials and Matter
BCS students investigate and study the properties, behaviours and uses of materials, both natural and human made; the origins of human-made materials and how they are manipulated to suit a purpose.
Forces and Energy
BCS students engage in the study of energy, its origins, storage and transfer, and the work it can do; the study of forces; the application of scientific understanding through inventions and machines.