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The Science Curriculum

Aligned with the MOE Primary Science Syllabus and the emphasis on 21st Century Competencies, the Science curriculum aims to nurture students as active inquirers and creative problem-solvers. Leveraging on children’s curiosity and their sense of wonderment and exploration, it seeks to fuel this spirit of curiosity.   
Our long-term goal is for students to enjoy and value science and apply what they have learnt to explore their natural and physical world. This is done by equipping them with knowledge, understanding and application skills as well as, ethics and attitudes through Science lessons, Environment Education, Character and Citizenship Education and The Leader in Me programme. The curriculum builds in students a strong foundation in scientific knowledge and process skills and helps them in the development of reasoning and analytical skills, decision and problem solving skills, and the flexibility to respond to different contexts and the willingness to explore new territories and learn new things.   
The objectives of the Science curriculum are to: ·           
- equip students with  a strong foundation of scientific skills and concepts and habits of mind to understand and make sound decisions for issues related to Science and technology         
- develop in students reasoning and analytical skills for problem-solving          
- equip students with ethics and attitudes to engage in Science-related experiences as reflective citizens
- and stimulate students’ curiosity and interest in the world around them.
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Science Lessons The Thematic Inquiry-Based Learning Approach (IBL) is used in the learning and teaching of Science. The themes include Diversity, Cycles, Systems, Interactions and Energy. Students explore and learn Science concepts and process skills and apply them by participating actively in learning activities at the five stages of IBL.

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Early Experiences

At Primary 1 and 2, students are introduced to selected scientific concepts and process skills during English Language lessons. Age-appropriate scientific concepts and process skills are implicitly infused into Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA). Students are engaged in shared experiences where they use observing and inferring skills to inquire and make sense of the natural world.             

For example, at Primary 1, students learn to use their sense of smell and taste during their writing activity. During the Primary 2 English Language lessons, students observe the different stages in the life cycle of a butterfly and learn concepts on magnetism through the books ‘A Butterfly in Born’ and ‘Magnetic Max’ respectively. 

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Environment Education

The Environment Education is concerned with providing students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment and skills needed to protect and improve the environment. We hope to develop and reinforce patterns of environmentally sensitive behaviours among students for a sustainable environment.


Gardens in the School

Students are surrounded by the lush greenery in the school. Experiences with nature will stimulate their natural curiosity and they will learn to appreciate living things and come to understand the importance of the relationships among them. This year, the students will also have an area in school for growing food plants. The middle primary students will learn to grow and take care of various types of vegetables and herbs. They will collect data to study the growth of the plants. 

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Recycling at Northoaks

Recycling@Northoaks is a programme that focuses on the recycling of everyday waste such as papers, plastic, metals, food and other recyclable items. It is a school-wide programme which aims to raise students' awareness of environmental issues and how their lifestyles and everyday actions can have an impact on the environment. They learn about the importance and benefits of recycling and participate in the collection of recycled items including food waste in school and from home.

Primary 3 students learn about the benefits of EM Composting in the treatment of food waste and how they can turn food waste into useful products (compost soil) to enhance the growth of plants. They grow vegetables with the compost soil they have made. Through the programme, students learn to appreciate resources around them and develop a sense of responsibility by taking care of plants.    

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Environment and Outdoor Education

 

The Environment and Outdoor Education is a 5-session module conducted as part of P3 Co-Curriculum Activities (CCA). Students are involved in understanding environmental issues through Problem-Based Learning (PBL). They take on roles as Northoaks Town residents, Scientists and Environmentalists to investigate into environmental challenges the town faced and redesign it into one that is more environmentally-friendly at the end of the module.

   

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The ECO-Team

As part of the WWF Singapore Eco-Schools programme, the school has formed The ECO-Team. The team is made up of selected Primary 4 students who show great interest in Environment Education and are willing to lead others for improvement in school environment. The school engages the team in experiential learning by working towards environmental sustainability for both the school and the community. The team members will be engaged in fun and action-oriented learning. The learning includes exploring environmental issues, conducting scientific experiments and participating in Learning Journeys in search for ideas and/or possible solutions to the environmental issues we face. The team will champion green efforts within and beyond the school.