ARISTLE MAD Scientists (Naturalist Programme)
Our Naturalist Programme
(Different levels available for children from 6 to 15 years old)
“As children observe, reflect, record, and share nature’s patterns and rhythms, they are participating in a process that promotes scientific and ecological awareness, problem solving, and creativity.”
– Deb Matthews Hensley, an early childhood consultant
Our Naturalist Programme is designed to stimulate and develop our children’s naturalist intelligence. Naturalist intelligence is the ability to relate to our surroundings and be able to recognise, categorise and draw upon certain features of our environment.
Our Naturalist Programme aims at developing our students’ naturalist intelligence so that they would
- develop curiosity and keen interest in exploring and observing the world around us
- be able to recognise patterns, changes and interconnections in our environment easily
- appreciate the power and beauty of nature
- be able to discover ways to make our world become a better place
Class Topic: A Tour of Cells!
In this class, students learnt about the basic structure of cells, how they function and the differences between different cells (prokaryotes vs. eukaryotes, animal cells vs. plant cells). Students were all amazed by how complex such a tiny structure can be!
Class Topic: Learn about Bumble Bees!
In this class, students learnt about the special features of bumble bees! Students also learnt about the concept of wavelength when they were learning about the eyesight of bees. Think wavelength is a difficult concept? But we 9 year kids were already learning about it at DGI!
Why is Naturalist Intelligence Important?
- Our everyday lives are results and products of science. Science is involved in almost every aspect of our lives. Understanding science does not only help us make sense of the world around us and look for ways for advancement, it also helps us make informed decisions in our daily life.
- It encourages the curiosity to explore. Science encourages inquiry and creativity by providing children with the opportunities to explore, to question, to experiment, to create and to solve problems. This curiosity to explore is crucial as it is often the source of motivation for children to learn and to discover.
- It crosses subjects. Science crosses into all subjects. Not only do different areas of science (e.g. physics, biology and chemistry) interact, science can also be found in a wide range of other subjects like geography, history, philosophy and even music. These cross-subject learning opportunities help children to develop the skills to understand concepts across subjects and make connections between them.
- It enhances logical thinking and problem-solving skills. To understand our nature, we observe, hypothesise and investigate. Through this process, students learn how to think and analyse situations logically, draw conclusions upon observations and develop skills including observing, classifying, inferring, measuring, predicting and communicating.