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Science

Head of Department (HOD): Eliza Ee (Mrs)
Level Head (LH): Low Mei Yan (Miss)
Senior Teachers (ST): Aileen Tam and Mrs Ella Ong Mrs)

Vision

Passion for Science. 
Independent and Lifelong Learners.

Mission

To provide a learning environment where students are exposed to experiences that stimulate their curiosity and interest as well as to develop skills and attitudes for scientific inquiry.

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


Innovation Week

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


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Environmental Education 

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 


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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 


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ASSESSMENT 2017

Performance-based Assessment (P3 & P4) 

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:

                       Observing

                       Using apparatus and skills

                       Comparing

                       Classifying

                       Communicating

                       Inferring

                       Analysing

                       Evaluating

 

 

USEFUL LINKS


2014 Primary Science Syllabus (Ministry of Education)  

 

https://www.moe.gov.sg/docs/default-source/document/education/syllabuses/sciences/files/science-primary-2014.pdf

 

Practicing Science Process Skills at Home

https://www.nsta.org/elementaryschool/connections/200712TorresHandoutParentNSTAConn.pdf

 

National Geographic Kids

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/