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Mission

To develop scientifically literate pupils who use science to understand the world around them and make scientifically informed personal decisions.

Scientific literacy in our context is defined as
  • having a clear understanding of science concepts and scientific methods of reasoning
  • the ability to appreciate and adopt scientific attitudes necessary for an inquiring learner

Framework

The department follows the MOE Science Curriculum Framework. A strong grounding in scientific knowledge and application, skills and attitudes support the development of scientific inquiry. This leads to the development of scientifically literate pupils who can use science to make sense of the world around them as well as to make informed personal and societal decisions.

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Our Approaches

The teaching methods of Science in Qifa are shaped by the following approaches:

Experiential – Enables pupils to experience science beyond textbooks
Provides rich hands-on experiences, both in and outside classrooms, for the development of concepts and scientific skills.

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P3 pupils learning about bananas during their learning journey to the Singapore Botanic Garden.P3 pupils made their own light-up cards during our ENJOY Science enrichment programme on electricity.
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 P4 pupils trying out a form of water painting during our ENJOY Science Programme on water properties. P5 pupils making their stomp rockets during our ENJOY Science Programme on Aerodynamics.



Relevance - creates relevance to help pupils make meaning and connections
Daily examples were used to show science is found everywhere around us. Connections were made between different science ideas and concepts so that science concepts are not learnt in silo units. 

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P3 pupils learning how to classify plants based on their similarities and differences.Digging through leaf litter enabled Pr.6 pupils to learn how physical factors affect the types of organisms in a living environment.

Pr.6 went on field trip at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve to learn how adaptation applies in an authentic context.



Process focused
Opportunities were provided in daily class lessons to develop scientific skills and attitudes necessary for scientific inquiry.

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Pupils conduct their own scientific investigations with mentorship by teachers.By using the flipped classroom approach, pupils own their learning by uncovering concepts through independent learning at home as well as collaborative discussions and activities facilitated by teachers in class.