“You learn at your best when you have something you care about and can get pleasure in being engaged in” – Howard Gardner –
The CCPS Science departmental programmes are developed so as to ignite and nurture our students’ passion for Science. Through inquiry-based learning, students are provided with myriad opportunities to acquire knowledge and concepts based on investigations, apply science process skills so as to inquire about the world, communicate findings and develop attitudes and values that are essential to the practice of science.
We recognise that children are naturally curious and have a sense of wonderment about the things around them and we leverage on this by designing learning journeys both within and outside school.
Department Key Programmes
This card(s) provides students with a fun-filled
activity to discover and be exposed to science concepts in a fun way.
Learning is now no longer limited to the classrooms as students are
encouraged to explore the physical world through hands-on activities. They
can also invite their family members to make discoveries about the world
around them and also work collaboratively with their peers on the activities.
· P4&6 Vertical Garden Programme
Students at the P4 level will be introduced to the concept of a vertical garden which is a solution to address a lack of land for plants. This solution requires students to understand concepts such as the conditions necessary for plants to thrive. Learning is now more meaningful the teaching of concepts is interwoven with process skills. The vertical garden setup demonstrates how solutions are achieved through a deeper understanding of scientific concepts.
At the P6 level, more complex concepts such as overcrowding, urban greenery and environmental impact will be learnt through the use of engaging activities. Students will be guided to understand the limitations and advantages of the vertical garden.
· Abbott Young Scientist Award for P4
In an attempt to inspire innovators of tomorrow, CCPS supports the Abbot Young Scientist award to recognise students who demonstrate a keen interest in the pursuit of science. Selected students will have the chance to participate in a structured programme at the Science Centre where they will receive mentoring and have the opportunity to present their work.
· CCPS tech-Garden Trail
This trail aims to enthuse and excite students in the garden of wonderment where they will learn more about the variety of plants and organisms in the community through QR codes that provide merged reality experiences for students.
Strategically placed QR codes in the garden enable students to take greater ownership of their learning as they access knowledge on-the-go. This puts the student at the heart of the learning.
Students will be aware of how tapping on technology can address challenges such as the lack of space for plant growth. An appreciation of the time and effort invested in farming is derived as values and attitudes related to farming will be discussed with students who more often than not, do not have the opportunity to experience farming, while living in an urban landscape.
· Science Process Skill Learning Packages for P3-6
In the learning of science, students will need to use concepts and integrate skills and processes to inquire about the world around them. Our learning packages cater to different learning styles and help students hone their skills.
· Inquiry Based Learning using the BSCS 5E instructional model
· TCA (for MCQ)
o Topic – Which topic is this question from?
o Concept – Which scientific concept is this question testing me?
o Apply – Eliminate distractors which are definitely incorrect.
· OCE and TICKLE (for open ended questions)
o Our Primary 3-4 students will make use of the OCE strategy:
§ Observation – What are the clues in the question?
§ Concept – Which scientific concept is this question testing me?
§ Explain – Ensuring that the question is answered by linking concept to the question posed.
o Our Primary 5-6 students will make use of the TICKLE strategy:
§ Identify Topic(s) - Which topic is/are the question(s) from?
§ Important Information (to underline, circle or highlight important information from the question/ diagram)
§ Identify Concept(s) - What scientific concept is this question testing me?
§ Keywords - What are the keywords that I have learnt from this topic and concept?
§ Link answer to Question and Concept (use keywords) - Did I write my answer according to the question and concept? Did I use the correct keywords?
§ Evaluate - Check: Did I use TICKLE to write my answer correctly?
· Experiential Learning
We believe that the learning of science should be meaningful to students. As such, opportunities are provided for students to visit places where they can learn about how science is applied in the world around them and get a glimpse into the minds of scientists.
Our students will have a chance to participate in learning journeys to :
o Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum for P3
Spread over 2500 square metres, the public gallery consists of 15 zones with different sections devoted to the origin of life and all major branches of the Tree of Life. This allows students to appreciate the wide diversity of Singapore’s historical species, understand the history of life on earth and environmental issues and associated conservation attempts.
o Science Centre for Primary 4-5
Students will attend workshops such as the:
§ Heat and Temperature workshop
The objective is for students to better appreciate the effects of heat from the hands-on demonstrations and understand how measures of heat are determined.
§ Diversity of Cells workshop
The objective is for students to understand what cells are and know that there is a diversity of cells on earth. Through the hands-on use of the microscope, students will prepare sample slides using simple staining methods and learn how to view the microbes.
o Zoo / Sungei Buloh for Primary 6
From visiting the Singapore Zoo / Sungei Buloh, students will undertake an interdisciplinary trail in an authentic learning environment to apply concepts from subjects which they have learnt. This is to help them achieve a deeper understanding of these concepts.