The Science Curriculum
|Inquiry-based Learning through inquiry|
|Experiential-Inquiry Learning through direct experience|
|Active Learning through experimentation and exploration|
|Stage 1: Engaging – Students’ interest is captured. They express what they know and make connections to new concepts.|
Stage 2: Exploring – Students carry out hands-on activities to explore the concept or skill.
|Stage 3: Explaining – Students develop explanations for the phenomenon they have experienced.|
|Stage 4: Elaborating – Students apply their learning to new situations, thereby developing a deeper understanding of the science concept.|
Stage 5: Evaluating – Students review and provide evidence for their new learning.
At 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) lessons. Students are engaged in shared experiences where they use observation and inference skills to inquire and make sense of the natural world.
Students 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 is Born’ and ‘Magnetic Max’ respectively. During PAL lessons, they also make observations around the school using a magnifying glass.
|Students use their senses to observe and infer.|
Collaborative Learning Experiences
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.
|Selected E2K students participated actively during the programme to engage in authentic situations beyond the classroom to deepen understanding.|
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
In 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.
For the Primary 3, a 5-session module on Environment and Outdoor Education is conducted as part of the Primary 3 Modular Enrichment Programme. In the module, students learn to understand environmental issues through Problem-Based Learning (PBL). They take on roles as Northoaks Town residents, Scientists and Environmentalists to investigate i the environmental challenges the town faced and redesign it into one that is more environmentally-friendly at the end of the module.
They also 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. The students grow vegetables using 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 the plants they grow.
|Students redesigned Northoaks Town to be environmentally-friendly. They also explored alternative energy sources and studied man’s impact on the environment such as the use of fuels to cook.|
|Students use vegetable scraps and fruit peels to make their own EM compost.|