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Science Department

The Vision


To become independent , active and creative learners through the processes of inquiry and investigation, incorporating information technology and thinking skills

HOD's Message


Pupils should acquire a scientific spirit and love for Science and acquire a process of inquiry, formulate problems and devise ways to find the answers to the problems.

The Science Department aims to:

  • provide primary students with experiences which build on their interest in and stimulate their curiosity about their environment.
  • provide students with basic scientific terms and concepts to help them understand themselves and the world around them.
  • provide students with opportunities to develop skills and attitudes necessary for making scientific inquiry.
  • help students appreciate how science influences people and the environment.

Skills
At the end of the 6 years at CHIJ Katong Primary, every child should have acquired the following skills:

  • observing
  • comparing
  • classifying
  • using apparatus and equipment
  • communicating
  • inferring
  • predicting
  • analyzing
  • generating
  • evaluating
  • formulating hypothesis

Mrs Angela Loy
HOD-SC


Science Programmes for 2017


1) The Living Classroom at East Coast Park

All P5 pupils will get in touch with nature at East Coast Park. “The Living Classroom” nature trail was specially organized for them by the Science Department. Pupils will be led by their classmates who have been trained as nature guides. During the one and a half hour trail, the pupils will use all their senses to learn more about the flora and fauna found at East Coast Park. They will learn about the different seed dispersals, medicinal plants, the fruits used by fishermen to “stun’ the fishes and even the many uses of the coconut palm.

The lesson does not just end at East Coast Park. Pupils will have to complete a worksheet on the various trees such as the Sea Hibiscus, Sea Almond and the Barrington Tree based on what they have learnt.  They will also work collaboratively with one another on their IPW ( Interdisciplinary Project Work ) : “ Nature in Harmony – Past, Present and Future of ECP”.
 

2) “Let’s Recycle with our Neighbours” Project

In collaboration with our parent volunteers, our Science monitors and NE monitors will be going around the neighbourhood  to collect newspapers for recycling. The objective of this VIA (Values In Action)  is to help our students in character-building and to create awareness amongst them about the need to conserve and save the environment.
 

3) Recycling Week: “ Let’s Recycle with Our Friends and Fathers”

The Science Department has collaborated with our parents in our recycling efforts to raise awareness in conserving our natural resources. Every last week of the month is recycling week and the pupils are encouraged to bring their newspapers for recycling. Our pupils' fathers would assist us in this meaningful project by carrying the recyclables to our recycling comer and weighing them by the classes.



4) Overnight  Science Camp at Singapore Zoological Gardens

Our P4 pupils will be given the opportunity to attend a 2 days 1 night Science camp at Singapore Zoological Gardens. They will learn about the different characteristics, diets and types of habitats for certain animals. The pupils will also go 'behind the scenes’ on how food is prepared for the various animals. The zoo camp will not be completed without a visit to the Night Safari.
 

5) Science Fun Day @ the Performance Deck

The Performance Deck has been a popular haunt for all pupils. On certain days, it will be a ‘mini discovery centre’ where Science experiments are carried out by Science monitors. Pupils get first-hand experience at exploring and discovering various scientific concepts. Interesting experiments such as “Colour Changing Milk”, “Floating Magnets” and many more are carried out. New toys have been purchased to arouse pupils' interest in Science.


6 ) Local Learning Journeys

All P3-P6 pupils will be going for a learning journey to either the Science Centre or the Singapore Zoological Gardens. The topics / lessons taught are an extension to the current Science syllabus. The pupils will attend a lecture before the hands-on activities.


7) E2K Programme ( P4 and P5 pupils)

The E2K Programme is a Science enrichment programme for primary pupils who demonstrate interest and ability in science. The programme aims to develop scientific inquiry process skills among high-ability primary pupils in Science as well as nurture other important 21st century competencies such as resilience and resourcefulness, critical and inventive thinking and effective communication skills. Just as scientists make mistakes in the real world, pupils are allowed to make mistakes in E2K and teachers facilitate pupils to learn from the mistakes. Through collaborative learning and hands-on activities, pupils practise scientific thinking and reasoning, develop confidence and independence in carrying out scientific inquiry as well as scientific habits, attitudes and dispositions.


8) GREEN Efforts

The Science department will be collaborating with NEA on various Green Efforts to raise awareness among the students to conserve the environment. The programmes and activities are interactive and they equip students with valuable skills such as communication, research and teamwork. The activities are 

- Reuse Actions by Caring Hearts @ Schools (REACH)

- Save Food Programme by the Save Food Ambassadors

- E3 - Energy Efficiency Efforts @ South East Schools by the Eco-Reps

- WORM ( Weed out n Remove Mosquitoes)