The Elementary Science Curriculum is designed to build students foundational knowledge about the natural world. In doing so, students continually develop their ability to ask questions and engage in activities to collect evidence that is used to formulate explanations. The Westfield Science Curriculum is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science, which are directly based on the Next Generation Science Standards.
The foundational set of curricular materials for science instruction is derived from the Full Option Science System (FOSS) as developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. As students engage in their science learning they are presented with hands-on activities in the areas of Life Science, Earth & Space Science, and Physical Science. An outline of the scope and sequence progression in Grades 1 - 5 can be found below.