PRINCIPLES & APPROACHES
At TKPS, we aim to provide students with experiences and opportunities to develop skills, habits of mind and attitudes necessary for scientific inquiry. Scientific inquiry is defined as the activities and processes which scientists and students engage in to study the natural and physical world around us.
KEY DEPARTMENT PROGRAMMES
To provide a platform for pupils to apply their scientific knowledge and take part in scientific processes of problem-solving and decision making. Through this platform, they also develop scientific attitudes like creativity and curiosity.
• P3 - Making a Product using Recyclable Materials
• P4 - Making an Ice Cream Box
• P5 - Creating a Useful Product using Electrical Components
To raise awareness in the school community on how to care for our natural environment and help pupils learn to be responsible citizens through various activities such as:
• Earth Week Activities
• School Talks
• Weekly Recycling
Science Field Trip
To provide opportunities for students to explore, discover and experience Science outside school as well as to deepen concept learning.
• P3 - Gardens by The Bay
• P4 - Visit to Hydroponics Garden & Butterfly Tour
• P5 - Science Centre Diversity of Cells Workshop
• P6 - Science Centre Eco Garden
The Performance-based Assessment PBA serves to provide an alternative form of summative assessment for teachers as well as move ourselves away from too much emphasis on the written exam. Pupils will be assessed on their concept mastery and process skills. The lesson package for each topic-based PBA is designed to engage, deepen and extend the understanding of each pupil in the relevant topic.
A rubric (breakdown of assessment components) will be provided to parents and pupils. The teachers will also brief the pupils in class before embarking on these lessons so as to ensure that pupils are aware of how they will be assessed. At the end of the series of lessons, teachers will provide the pupils with a breakdown of their marks so that pupils can gain a measure of their strengths and work on their areas of weaknesses.
There are three topic-based PBAs for Primary Three and Primary Four.
• P3 - Magnets
• P4 - Light
PRACTICAL TEST (P3 – P5)
The pupils will be assessed on their process skills and conceptual knowledge in one practical test. During lab activities and group work, pupils are given opportunities to
use concepts and integrate process skills to inquire about things and phenomena around them.
The process skills to be tested during the practical test include:
• Using apparatus and skills
2014 Primary Science Syllabus (Ministry of Education)
Practicing Science Process Skills at Home
National Geographic Kids