Science Department

Curriculum Framework

Science Curriculum Framework

Science Curriculum Framework

 

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

Exploring the lifecycle of mealworm beetles

Exploring the lifecycle of mealworm beetles

Outdoor lesson on aquatic plants and animals

Outdoor lesson on aquatic plants and animals

Using concrete materials to teach the skill of classifying

Using concrete materials to teach the skill of classifying

Using concrete materials to teach the skill of classifying

Using concrete materials to teach the skill of classifying

Observing parts of a cell

Observing parts of a cell

Investigating how the texture of a surface affects friction

Investigating how the texture of a surface affects friction

Carbon dioxide turns limewater chalky

Carbon dioxide turns limewater chalky

Holistic Assessment

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
– Spelling
– Lab Work
– Practical Tests
– Projects

 

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.

 

Levitating magnet

Levitating magnet

Studying the adhesive and cohesive properties of water

Studying the adhesive and cohesive properties of water

Studying the capillarity of water in glass tubes

Studying the capillarity of water in glass tubes

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. Through all these exposure, students acquire understanding of environmentally-friendly habits and learn to take care of the environment.

Recycling boxes for every class

Recycling boxes for every class

Reusing old materials to make lanterns for Mid-Autumn celebration in school

Reusing old materials to make lanterns for Mid-Autumn celebration in school

Model of an eco-friendly school made by the Environmental Club members

Model of an eco-friendly school made by the Environmental Club members

Assembly talk on Zika prevention

Assembly talk on Zika prevention

3R holiday activity card for parent and child

3R holiday activity card for parent and child

3R holiday activity card for parent and child

3R holiday activity card for parent and child

Clean Plate campaign - a student led activity, in conjunction with Youth for the Environment Day to reduce food wastage

Clean Plate campaign - a student led activity, in conjunction with Youth for the Environment Day to reduce food wastage

Newspaper recycling drive

Newspaper recycling drive

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.

Chongfu has received the following awards for all the environmental efforts:

Achievements Year
Senoko Sustainability Challenge – 2nd Runner-up 2013
SEC-Starhub School Green Awards – Lotus Award 2014
4R Award – Gold 2014
SembCorp Go Green Fund Competition – Consolation 2014
SEC-Starhub School Green Awards – Lotus Award 2015
4R Award – Gold 2015
SEC-Starhub School Green Awards – Lotus Sustained Achievement Award 2016
SembCorp Go Green Fund Competition – 2nd 2016
North West Outstanding School Partner – Bronze Award 2017
SEC-Starhub School Green Awards – Lotus Sustained Achievement Award 2017
SembCorp Go Green Fund Competition – Consolation 2017

 

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.