The national Science curriculum seeks to nurture in students a spirit of scientific inquiry. At West Spring Primary School, we achieve this by building on the school’s PLAY-based learning approach to inculcate in students a sense of curiosity and wonderment about the things around them. We strive to fuel the natural curiosity in our students by relating scientific concepts to real life phenomena, and encouraging them to ask HOW and WHY questions about the world around them. In this way, Science comes alive and become relevant and meaningful to them.
The Science curriculum is translated in the classroom through teacher-facilitated discussions and explanations. Students are engaged in investigative hands-on activities during Science experiments and Learning Centres, as well as in articulating their understanding and reflections of different topics through journal writing. They also practise Thinking Routines such as “I See – I Think – I Wonder” during the inquiry process through making careful observations and thoughtful interpretations. Students also leverage on ICT tools like iPads and the Interactive white board to document their understanding of Science concepts.
P3 students examining animal specimens and documenting their thinking
using the “I See – I Think – I Wonder” approach
P3 students looking at picture cards to study characteristics of animals and classify them.
P3 students exploring the school grounds to study plant diversity.
P4 students prepared a “baggy garden” to grow green and red bean seeds in the classroom.
P4 students investigating the behaviour of magnets through hands-on experiments.
P4 students examining the characteristics of matter.
Scientists@PLAY provides Primary 1 and 2 students the opportunity to learn simple Science concepts through the playing of toys. Students learn the applications of Science concepts and draw connections to their daily lives.
Students observing the circular motion of a hex nut in a balloon and the sound produced.
A students making her own toy, facilitated by a Parent Volunteer.
ATOMS stands for “Amazing Time Observing Magical Science”. It is a pre-assembly programme conducted by a teacher to excite students about Science through dramatic demonstrations with a magical twist. Miniature Science experiments are shown using simple materials that can be found readily. Students are given opportunities to participate in a contest that enables them to find out and explain the working scientific principles of the experiments. The ultimate learning outcome of this programme is for students to enjoy Science and to value it as a way to help them explore the natural and physical world.
Students awed by the “Vanishing Water” experiment.
Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
The school is embarking on its ALP programme – Sustaining the Earth with Applied Solutions (SEAS) which aims to inculcate in our students the 21st Century Competencies through learning experiences in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and its real-life application to solve problems.
The ALP will comprise activities and learning experiences centred on the theme of Sustainable Earth, with a distinctive flavour of leveraging on technology for students to explore technology-related solutions to address real-world problems.