Teaching & Learning Approach
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 careful observations and thoughtful interpretations. Students’ skills in explaining scientific concepts are honed by introducing Claim – Evidence – Reasoning (CER) framework. Students also leverage on ICT tools like iPads, dataloggers and the Interactive white board to document their understanding of Science concepts.
|P4 students observing the expansion of liquid.|
|P5 student examining animal and plant cells using a microscope.|
|P4 students prepared a “baggy garden” to grow green and red bean seeds in the classroom.|
|P5 students exploring the school grounds to observe flowers.|
|P5 students using dataloggers to measure temperature changes.|
|Students using Popplet to create mindmaps for revision of Science topics.|
|P4 students working in teams to complete a science engineering challenge to design and build the tallest and most stable tower using spaghetti.|
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.