The Science departmental programmes have been designed to provide opportunities where pupils can physically explore, investigate and discover knowledge, be it within their own natural environment or in the laboratory. With the development of positive attitudes such as curiosity, perseverance and a concern for living things, our pupils will be able to effectively integrate and link new concepts to their existing body of knowledge and schema of concepts. We seek to nurture pupils as inquirers who are curious about and want to explore the things around them.
Basic process skills are introduced to pupils from Primary 3 onwards to enable them to carry out creative problem solving and scientific investigations. These basic process skills include – Classifying, Observing, Comparing, Measuring and Using apparatus, Communicating, Analysing, Generating and Evaluating.
Integrated processes are complex operations, which call upon the use of several basic process skills. The integrated processes expected of primary school pupils are as follows – Creative Problem Solving, Decision Making and Investigation.
Pupils’ interests are aroused through fun and discovery and their acquisition of knowledge maximised through inquiry-based learning. Our thematic science programmes are carefully planned to equip our pupils with the necessary foundation in understanding the basics of physical and life sciences without compromising the element of fun!
- Science Zoo Camp
The zoo camp provides pupils with the opportunity to discover the diversity of the animal kingdom. Pupils will attend enrichment programs at the Singapore Zoo on classification of animals and go on tours to discover how insects, invertebrates and reptiles are bred and maintained. They will also go on an interdisciplinary trail and learn interesting features of the animals in the exhibits. In addition, pupils will get the opportunity to watch the elephants at work and at play with their mahouts.
Back in school, they will be engaged in activities on the theme of animals and consolidate their learning about the great diversity of the animal kingdom. They will also get a chance to have a sleepover with their friends in school. This camp will definitely be an unforgettable experience for all pupils.
- Zoo Interdisciplinary Programme
P1 pupils will go to the Zoo which is one of the best places to learn about living things. At the Zoo, they will have the opportunity to interact with some animals which they do not normally get to see. They will also learn about the different parts of the animals and birds, the functions of these parts, their food, distinctive features and body coverings. Pupils will get a chance to be scientists for a day as they try their hands at classifying animals. This programme aims to sharpen process and observational skills as they seek similarities and differences among various groups of animals.
- Science Carnival
To provide students with opportunities to develop skills, habits of mind and attitudes necessary for scientific inquiry, the department organizes the annual Science Carnival. P4 & P5 pupils explore Science phenomenons by carrying out experiments and creating toys involving Science concepts. Pupils put up booths to showcase and present their projects to the school. We hope to provide pupils with the opportunity for the nourishing and nurturing of their creative talents through the practical application and utility of science. We also provide experiences which build on their interests in and stimulate their curiosity about their environment, thus bringing out the future scientists and inventors for the growth of the society, nation and mankind.
- Science & Cultural Overseas Learning Journey
Our P5 pupils will get an opportunity to travel overseas to places such as Bali, Sabah and Perth. The Overseas Learning Journey is part of the school’s environmental education for sustainability in which the pupils will be empowered with the tools needed to help prevent environmental problems. The goal of this learning journey is to provide pupils with the basic scientific principles, concepts and methodologies to understand the inter-relationships of the natural world, to identify and analyse environmental problems – both natural and man-made, to evaluate the relative risks of these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Pupils will also learn to appreciate the different cultures and daily lives of people in other countries.
- Aquatic Plants & Animals lesson at Science Centre
P6 pupils will be taught field techniques to catch and observe a variety of aquatic plants (floating, fully submerged and partially submerged) and animals which make up the pond community. In the process, they will learn about relationships between organisms (e.g. food web) in the pond ecosystem which is teeming with life forms, from microscopic algae to pond skaters and even the occasional water monitor!
- Zoo Trail on Adaptation
This programme, organised by the Science & ICT department, aims to enhance P6 pupils’ knowledge on the topic of Adaptation. They will go to the Zoo for a guided trail to discover interesting animal adaptive features and appreciate that animals change their behaviour to enhance their chances of survival. Pupils will have a chance to analyse how a given animal adapt to its environment with its physical forms and structure. Through the use of iPads and collaborative learning, we hope that pupils will gain a better understanding of the topic.