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
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. Through all these exposure, students acquire understanding of environmentally-friendly habits and learn to take care 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.
Chongfu has received the following awards for all the environmental efforts:
|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.