The Science Curriculum
Aligned with the MOE Primary Science Syllabus
and the emphasis on 21st Century Competencies, the Science curriculum aims to inspire
students and fascinate them with everyday phenomena linked to scientific
connections. It also aims to nurture students as active inquirers and creative
problem-solvers. Leveraging children’s curiosity and their sense of wonderment
and exploration, the curriculum 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, The Leader in Me and
the school’s Applied Learning Programme, Curriculum Integration through
Innovation (CI+I) programmes.
The curriculum builds in students a strong
foundation in scientific knowledge and process skills and helps them in the
development of reasoning, analytical, decision and problem-solving skills. At
the same time, the curriculum allows students the flexibility to respond to
different contexts and the willingness to explore new territories and learn new
The objectives of the Science curriculum are
- 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 as self-directed
- develop in students reasoning and analytical
skills for problem-solving as confident citizens
- 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 as concerned citizens.
Philosophies and Pedagogies undergirding the curriculum
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.
Primary 1 and 2, students are introduced to selected scientific concepts and
process skills during English Language lessons and Programme for Active
Learning (PAL) 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.
learn to use their sense of smell and taste during their writing activities
such as making a sandwich and ice-cream party. During 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. During PAL lessons, they also make observations
around the school using a magnifying glass.
Collaborative Learning Experiences
Students collaborate with knowledgeable others such as their
teachers, peers and parents to make leaning authentic and meaningful. In many
deliberate attempts to connect Science learning to everyday phenomena, students
go through experiential and active learning in formal and informal contexts.
Teachers also explored the use of seamless learning, learning
study and active learning using Student Learning Space as key pedagogical
approaches and strategies to deepen learning.
The Excellence 2000 (E2K) Science Programme aims
to develop scientific inquiry process skills among high-ability primary
students in Science, as well as nurture other important 21st century
competencies such as resilience and resourcefulness, critical and inventive
thinking, and effective communication skills.
Students learn Science by going through the same process that
scientists use to generate knowledge in Science. Through collaborative learning
and guidance provided by the teacher, students practise scientific thinking and
reasoning, develop confidence and independence in carrying out scientific
inquiry as well as scientific habits, attitudes and dispositions.
Environment Education is concerned with providing students the opportunities to
acquire 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
school, every class has green leaders to look into conversation of energy and recycled
materials were brought to school by students and staff for use during school programmes
such as P3 modular enrichment, VIA programmes by CCE department and CI+I.
Recyclable items are also collected in our continuous efforts to keep our
environment sustainable. Assembly programmes are also conducted by teachers and
student ambassadors to educate our school community.
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. The students 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.
Environment and Outdoor Education
The Environment and Outdoor Education is a 5-session module conducted as part of P3 Modular Enrichment Programmes. Students will learn to understand 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. .
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.
The Eco-TeamAs part of the WWF Singapore Eco-Schools programme,
the school has formed the Eco-Team. The team is made up of selected Primary 4,
5 and 6 students who show great interest in Environment Education and are
willing to lead others in improvement of 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 are
engaged in fun and action-oriented learning which 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 champions green efforts within and
beyond the school. More details on the Eco-team can be found under CCA in our