Science Curriculum Framework
Science Education aims to prepare our students to be sufficiently adept as effective citizens, be able to function in and contribute to an increasingly technologically-driven society.
Central to the curriculum framework is the planned inculcation of the spirit of scientific inquiry, which is grounded in the three domains of
- Knowledge, Understanding and Application,
- Skills and Processes, and
- Ethics and Attitudes.
These domains are very important for an all-rounded Science Education.
Also, students must understand the roles of Science in their daily life, society and the environment. The role of the teacher is hence, that of a leader of inquiry with the students as the inquirers.
In addition, the science curriculum seeks to nurture the student as an inquirer, with the teacher being the leader of inquiry in the science classroom. This is based on a common understanding that all children are curious about and want to explore the things around them. Being a facilitator and a role model of inquiry process in the classroom, the role of a teacher is then to impart the excitement and value of science to the students and, at the same time, create a learning environment that will encourage and challenge students to develop their sense of inquiry.
As science knowledge is ever-expanding with rapid advances, students should also cultivate the understanding of the limitations and tentative nature of our knowledge in science.
Lower Secondary Science
Our lower secondary students undergo a holistic science curriculum to develop in them an inquiring mindset that is in line with the aims of science education, and a passion for science. As such, the department seeks to excel in our teaching and learning of science of our students by providing them with an inquiry experience.
Our lower secondary science syllabus is specially designed to incorporate all 3 areas of Physics, Biology and Chemistry, where they are taught according to the integrated themes, such as models, systems and interactions.
Our school also offers lower secondary science students the Applied Learning Program with specialisation in Aviation Science where students can apply their scientific knowledge in real-life situations and applications so that they can have a meaningful learning experience.
Upper Secondary Science
The department offers a variety of science combinations that caters to the interest and ability of the students. These range from Pure Biology, Pure Chemistry and Pure Physics to Science (Physics/Chemistry), Science (Chemistry/Biology) and Science (Syllabus T). General understanding of what each of these science subject focuses on is as below.
Biology refers to the study of the natural science concerned with life and living organisms.
Chemistry refers to the study of the sciences of matter and the changes it undergoes.
Physics refers to the study and analysis of natural laws and how the universe behaves.
The pure sciences will cover more topics and in greater depth as compared to the combined sciences. Invariably, questions asked will also be more challenging and will demand more effort and understanding on the students’ part in order to do well. As for the Science (Syllabus T) subject, it is a general form of science offered to Normal Technical students and will perform various interesting experiments such as separating the food dyes in M&M chocolates.
These varied and interesting science combinations will stand the students in good stead in pursuing their course of advanced study in the future.
Modes of Assessment
Students are assessed through various modes e.g. project work, tests, practical to ascertain how much they have learned in class and their ability to apply what they have learned to various situations.
We also incorporate Assessment for Learning (AfL) in our daily lessons to build students' understanding and provide timely feedback for the continuous learning process. Some teaching strategies such as effective questioning, descriptive feedback and KWL (Know/Want to know/Learnt) are deployed to enhance the learning experience.
Lower secondary students will undergo the Applied Learning Program in Aviation. For the secondary 3 to 5 students, various programs are also arranged to help enhance their learning in class and to stimulate their interest in science. Some of the programs conducted before include highlights of Aviation Programme e.g. Singapore Air Show, Cancer Bus Education, Kidney Health Education Bus and etc. The department is constantly on the look-out for interesting science programmes to engage our students.
Selected students also participate in various Science competitions such as Drone Odyssey Challenge organised by Science Centre Singapore and Singapore Amazing Flying Machine competition organised by Science Centre Singapore and DSO Laboratories.