The Science Curriculum
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.
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 SchoolStudents 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.
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.
Environment and Outdoor EducationThe 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.