Science & technology

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Secondary science & technology

Along with English and Mathematics, Science is one of the most central elements of the OIS academic programme in both Lower and Upper Secondary. More than simply an academic study of Biology, Physics and Chemistry, these subjects require practical and investigative work as a means of illustrating and reinforcing theoretical concepts, developing an appreciation of the essential hands-on nature of scientific work, and the benefits or limitations of scientific methodology.

To further develop their practical skills, students in Years 7 and 8 participate in an annual science fair to promote their own personal investigations. Students in Upper Secondary are involved in a 3-day long project each year in which they explore a question from the different perspectives of each of the three main disciplines.

Finally, to build a greater interest in science and to encourage an appreciation of its importance, OIS regularly invites guest speakers to give lectures on science oriented topics or careers. Students are also invited to visit science related firms in the local community.

Primary science & technology

Science, as a subject in the OIS Primary school, is embedded within the International Primary Curriculum. At the heart of the IPC are units of study themed around areas of interest as diverse as “Chocolate” and “Being Fit for Life.” Each unit is cross-curricular which means that science is not studied in isolation. Rather it is connected to history, geography, technology, the arts and literacy. Students study science in different units, gaining an understanding of the nature of science as a subject and developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of specific learning objectives. Students develop ways of finding out about the living and material world and making links between ideas. Scientific methodology is taught and practiced as students learn how to know whether an experiment is reliable and valid.

In developing technology skills, students learn how to think about design and production and then engage in making products to solve problems. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is studied as a subject, and its application is utilised across the entire range of curriculum subjects to enhance and support student learning and achievement. Topics studied include coding and computer programming, digital literacy, the critical consumption of information on the internet, ethical and responsible use of social media, digital safety, and keyboarding skills. Students in YR 3 - 6 attend separate lessons each week with a highly qualified ICT teacher who collaborates with Primary classroom teachers to ensure that what he teaches gets integrated into the curriculum of other subjects, such as IPC. Each of our students, at all year levels, is provided with an iPad for use at home and at school, and is instructed in its appropriate use–both academically and socially.

Science and technology courses are also an important part of the After School Activities programme at OIS. Our Season 1 courses in the 2018-19 school year consist of Coding (for Primary), Lego Robotics from YR 5 – 9, Science Club for YR 2 – 4 and Kids Concoctions for Pre-School – YR3.

Knut Sørlie