Science 5

Course Overview

Unit 1: Biology

As students dive into the depth of the human body and learn how different organ systems were designed to function they will be asked to put on their lab coats and join a team of intern doctors on their way to diagnosing a severely ill patient. By the end of their journey through the body they will be able to accurately diagnosis the patient based on the symptoms they presented and some suggested diseases. They will have created a medical file for that patient and create a report to deliver back to the patient with their findings.

Unit 2: Earth Science

Our Earth is created from many materials that change and morph as they move through cycles and can be used as natural resources in the different phases. As a student who is looking forward to a job opportunity, you’ve been asked to evaluate different natural resource companies about what they do and how they do it. You will learn about all the amazing resources God created us to care for and use wisely. In the end, you are asked to compile your information and create an infographic to demonstrate what you’ve learned and which company you’ve decided to work for!

Unit 3: Chemistry

Clean water is a gift from God and something that everyone requires. What makes up clean water and how can we go about finding, or making it, if we can’t find it to provide it for all who need it? Students will dive into Chemistry with a study of solutions. They’ll discover what makes a solution and different methods to separate solutions. They’ll also explore the Scientific Method – how to craft a lab themselves and apply what they’ve learned in a hands on application.

Unit 4: Physics

Chores! Nobody likes them, but the majority of people have to do them, even better if they can be done with a God honouring attitude. So, how can you make your chores easier? Students are tasked to build a compound machine out of simple machines in order to assist with an assigned chore. Meet Adam, a grade 5 student who is also the designer of the “Water Block”, and after learning about the 6 different simple machines, you’ll get a chance to create your own machine, just like Adam did!

We are offering two options this year:

Asynchronous: This is the traditional Online model of “any time, any pace, any place”. The student works on the course independently. The teacher is available on Skype to help with questions.

Synchronous: Students meet with their teacher in a virtual class on Zoom. Cameras are on as our purpose is to build community. The teacher will introduce the lesson and assignment for the week, give instructions, lead discussion, and prepare the students for the week’s work. Students commit to keeping pace with the class and to attending the weekly meeting which will last approximately 15 minutes. To view a schedule visit https://hcos.ca/syncschedule.


Time Commitment:

This course consists of 4 modules, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics. Each module is designed to take approximately 7 weeks. Each week consists of two 40-minute lessons in addition to assignments, quizzes and project work.


Students are required to stream videos contained within the course content, download and print assignments and note packages, scan (either by taking pictures or physically scanning), upload their assignments within Moodle, and connect with teacher using Skype. Synchronous students will also use Zoom for class meetings.

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Enrollment Options

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    If your child is already an enrolled HCOS student, you can add a new online course in your parent Encom account. Here are the steps to do this:

    1. Sign into Encom: encom.onlineschool.ca
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    2. In Encom, click on the Course Selection button. 
    3. This will show you all of the courses that are available. If you do not see a specific course that you were looking for, please contact your individual teacher (grades 5-9) or regional grad advisor (grades 10-12).
  • A new student wishing to enroll with HCOS

    To enroll your child with HCOS, go to onlineschool.ca/enrollment-options/enroll-or-register-now/. Read the information and requirements, then click the Proceed with DL Enrollment button, and complete the enrollment form.

    Once you have completed this process, you will receive an email with your username and password for Encom. Then follow the steps for an enrolled HCOS student to add new courses.

  • Attending another school, but wishes to take an HCOS course

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