Central to the curriculum framework is the inculcation of the spirit of scientific inquiry. The conduct of inquiry is founded on three integral domains of (a) Knowledge, Understanding and Application, (b) Skills and Processes and (c) Ethics and Attitudes. The focus for the department is the domain of Skills and Processes.
Curriculum Approach : Inquiry-based Learning
Inquiry-based Science instruction engages students in the processes of formulating predictions, organising and interpreting data, and communicating results using Science terminology. The approach has great potential to excite and motivate students, appeals to students’ natural curiosity about the world around them, while developing Science process skills.
Inquiry-based Learning involves the following 5Es:
Engage : To make connections between past and present learning experiences (to assess students’ prior knowledge)
Explore : To provide a common learning experience for students to begin developing an understanding
Explain : To connect to previous experiences and begin to make conceptual sense by developing an explanation
Elaborate: To expand on the concepts learnt, make connections to other related concepts and apply understanding to the world around us
Evaluate : To determine/assess if the students have attained understanding of concepts and knowledge
In Chongfu School, we believe that a sound Science curriculum not only prepares pupils for the national exams but also equips them with the competencies and right attitudes which would ensure that they are adequately proficient to contribute in this technologically-driven world.
Programmes are designed to develop pupils in the various domains and holistic assessment tasks are crafted to monitor pupils’ progress. Each holistic assessment task is carefully aligned to the department’s learning outcomes and serves as a planning document for future instruction. To assess attitudes and skills, tasks beyond pen and paper have been designed with varied modes of feedback.
The following are examples of Science holistic tasks:
– Concept Cartoons
– Lab Work
– Practical Tests
Life Science Programme
In line with MOE’s direction in the promotion of Student-Centric, Values-Driven Education and Singapore’s emphasis on Life Sciences, the Science Department promotes the learning of life-science through botany and orchid hybridisation.
The P1 and P2 Botany Programme aims to inculcate in our pupils a love for nature. It provides a good opportunity to expose our pupils to learning about and appreciating plants. In general, we want to nurture in our pupils the knowledge in cultivation and interest in plants through the planting of vegetables and underground stems.
The P3 to P6 Orchid Hybridisation Programme serves as a platform to promote the learning of Life Sciences in the Primary School curriculum. The programme also allows the infusion of National Education with emphasis on Singapore’s history, the role of orchid in our country’s development and culture and the need to be resourceful and enterprising. It aims to develop the creative and innovative spirit of pupils when they hybridise new orchids and develop the entrepreneurial skills of pupils when they market their own successful hybrids.
To date, Chongfu has 7 successful orchid hybrids and the 8th hybrid was hybridised by our former principal, Mr Pek Wee Haur, on Founder’s Day 2011.
Excellence 2000 (E2K) Science Programme for P4 to P6
Chongfu School is working with the Gifted Education Branch, Ministry of Education (MOE) to pilot an enrichment programme to cater to high progress learners in Science in primary schools.
This programme, known as the Excellence 2000 (E2K) Science Programme, is based on a curriculum for talented students in Israel. The instructional methodology and materials are designed to be relevant to the learners’ lives, with a strong focus on process and thinking skills in Science. They are aimed at stimulating curiosity while developing and strengthening abilities to study phenomena and their possible causes. Through the programme, we want to motivate the learners to be confident and independent researchers in their own right.
Chongfu's Green Efforts
Chongfu School has always been committed in doing her part for the environment. Besides being actively involved in newspaper recycling projects, the school promotes environmental messages through assembly talks, activities in conjunction with international environmental events and student-led activities organised by the Environmental Club. One such activity is the Games Carnival organised in conjunction with the Youth for the Environment Day. Members of the club set up game booths during recess to encourage their fellow school mates to do their part to save the world. Students had to contribute their recyclables in order to participate in the games. Learning through play, the students acquire understanding on simple environmentally-friendly acts and to take ownership of the environment.
In 2014, a superhero has also emerged to raise awareness to the environmental movement. Imbued with a strong sense of environmental protection, Chongfu’s very own Green Commando is determined to defeat the Evil Queen Pollutant, the inner side of mankind that encourages wastage. In order to deliver his message on the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink), the Green Commando made his special appearances during the school’s green events.
Chongfu’s continued partnership with our corporate partner, Senoko Power Ltd has been recognised by the NEA as we received our 10th year Sustained Partnership Award in 2013 under the Corporate and School Partnership Programme. In 2014, Chongfu has also been accorded the Lotus Award under the School Green Awards and the Gold Award under the 4R Award.
Beyond winning these awards, we hope that through our continuous efforts and reminders, students will be able to care more for the environment and help spread the green messages to their family and friends.