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Aims of Science Education 

The Primary Science Syllabus aims to:  

  1. provide students with experiences which build on their interest in and stimulate their curiosity about their environment.
  2. provide students with basic scientific terms and concepts to help them understand themselves and the world around them.
  3. provide students with opportunities to develop skills, habits of mind and attitudes necessary for scientific inquiry.
  4. prepare students towards using scientific knowledge and methods in making personal decisions.
  5. help students appreciate how science influences people and the environment.

We believe that every child possesses a deep sense of wonder and imagination. Hence, through our Science programmes, we hope to create an environment where children’s curiosity for Science and their scientific thinking will be ignited.


Department Programmes


Learning Journeys

Our natural environment provides diverse opportunities for students to learn Science. Hence to nurture a sense of wonder and curiosity about scientific phenomena and knowledge, Science learning is extended out-of-doors. Through such experiential learning, students will also develop awareness and appreciation of and responsibility to their environment. While Science is formally introduced at Primary 3, we have brought the learning of Science concepts to the lower primary levels.

Level Learning Journeys
Primary 1 Lorong Halus Wetlands
 Primary 2 Pasir Ris Park 
Primary 3 Sungei Buloh Wetlands

Eco-Trail
The school’s environment itself is a learning playground for students’ acquisition of Science knowledge and concepts. Our Eco-trail boasts of various thematic gardens such as a Fernery, a Cacti Garden, Herbs and Spices Garden, a Butterfly Trail, an Eco-pond, a giant Maze, Planting Pits, as well as our latest addition, the Carnivorous plants plot.

Learning packages designed by the department have been developed to allow for the application of scientific principles, concepts and technology. Through such learning experiences, students will also develop various process skills such as observation, classification, communication and evaluation.

Go-Green @ SDPS
The Earth is our home. It is everyone’s responsibility to take good care of it. Thus our Science programme includes raising students’ awareness and understanding of environmental issues, so that it will heighten their sense of responsibility and care for Mother Earth. Some activities to encourage this include working on various green activities such as planting of vegetables in the planting plots and recycling of plastic bottles and textbooks. There are also termly talks and activities on anti-littering, waste minimisation, saving energy, conserving water and the 4Rs.

Enrichment
Adopting a fun, creative and hands-on approach to learning Science, the P2 Young T(h)inkers programme, P3 Life Science and P4 Physical Science enrichment programmes are designed to help students better visualize and understand concepts in an enjoyable & engaging manner. This programme also exposes students to different scientific themes that allow them to relate to their everyday experiences. 

USEFUL LINK FOR PARENTS

Science Online Resources These web portals contain a range of e-resources which include simulations, texts, images, videos, games and quizzes. You can also find the sciberdiver website useful to learn more about the science your children are studying in school.

http://www.sciberdiver.wikispaces.com
http://www.discoverykids.com/category/science/
Science Videos - Steve Spangler & Bill Nye Watch Science videos to understand the concepts and principles behind how things work!

Nobody has more fun teaching Science than Steve Spangler. He earned his credentials as a Science author, teacher, professional speaker, toy designer and an Emmy award-winning television personality.

Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society.

http://www.YouTube.com/user/TheSpanglerEffect/videos
http://www.YouTube.com/user/SpanglerScienceTV/videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/SteveSpanglerScience/videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealBillNye/videos 
DIY Fun  Explore Science experiments and activities at home with the help on these fun websites!

http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/funscience/