Science

Science Curriculum Framework


The Science Curriculum Framework is derived from the Policy Framework for the Teaching and Learning of Science. It encapsulates the thrust of science education in Singapore to prepare our students to be sufficiently adept as effective citizens, able to function in and contribute to an increasingly technologically-driven world. Central to the curriculum framework is the inculcation of the spirit of scientific inquiry. The conduct of inquiry is founded on three integral domains of (a) Knowledge, Understanding and Application, (b) Skills and Processes and (c) Ethics and Attitudes. These domains are essential to the practice of science. The curriculum design seeks to enable students to view the pursuit of science as meaningful and useful. Inquiry is thus grounded in knowledge, issues and questions that relate to the roles played by science in daily life, society and the environment.

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Department Pedagogy


Science teaching and learning are anchored on inquiry-based lessons where students are exposed to hands-on activities in the learning of Science concepts. To deepen students’ learning, thinking routines are infused during lessons to help in students’ cognitive development. Science investigative skills are developed through Investigative Tasks and Performance Tasks, which form part of holistic assessment in Science. Students are given a scenario in which they have to design their experiment, gather information, interpret data and make conclusions based on their findings.
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Our key programme, Awe & Wonder in Science, aims to instil a sense of curiosity in students as they learn science within the classroom and beyond. While being introduced to a scientific concept, students are exposed to discrepant events to pique their interest. These ‘surprising’ events allow students to develop an inquiry mindset. Students raise questions related to the topic through structured journal writing. Students are encouraged to be self-directed learners as they search for answers to their questions. Teachers will also address some of these questions at the closure of the topics.

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Level Programmes


The Science Department also organises learning journeys to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. Learning journeys serve to provide authentic learning experiences for the students and further fuels the spirit of Awe & Wonder in Science. For the year 2020, the students will be participating in the following learning journeys.
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Support Programme


The After School Programme (ASP) for Science is designed to close the gaps in students’ learning and deepen their subject mastery. Selected students will attend the sessions on Monday or Thursday.

Tips for parents

 

     Inquiry @ Home

           ·       Opportunities and exposure to science around them

           ·       Promote self-initiated and self-directed learning

           ·       Engaged further through questioning

           ·       Making connections for the things around them

    

    Concept Building

·       Mind maps or concepts maps

·       Write science notes  (Science journal)

·       Discuss or talk it over with family or friends

·       Clarify with teachers

Awe & Wonder at Home

     ·    Self-directed learners who will search and learn more deeply on their own through:

           ·       Toys

           ·       Non-fiction books

           ·       Newspaper articles

           ·       Science magazines

           ·       Television programmes

           ·       Online research (Science websites or quizzes)

           ·       Online interactive simulations or videos