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Each OLGC pupil is “a scientist who cares for the environment” and strives to “promote interest, learning and creativity in Science, through meaningful and enjoyable experiences”.
To better engage our pupils and help them make connections between scientific concepts learnt in class and the real world, programmes are customized for pupils to develop process skills, desirable attitudes, raise awareness and learn about scientific applications in daily life.
Science concepts are taught through inquiry and hands-on activities. To instil love and care for our environment, the Green Programme is also infused into the curriculum. Learning journeys to scientific places of interest are also organized to extend pupils’ learning beyond the classroom.
• Science in Stellar for P1 & P2
To excite our pupils and encourage self-directed learning, our pupils undertake to complete 2-3 Science modules to learn simple Science concepts and relate these concepts to the world around them.
• Science Trails
The Eco-Garden and Eco-pond provides a wealth of opportunities for our pupils to observe and interact with the living specimens while applying lessons from many different areas of their curriculum. Pupils learn by experiencing nature first-hand at our school eco-garden and eco-pond, while appreciating the diversity of plants and animals.
• Learning journeys (LJ)
Science learning journeys bring excitement and curiosity for Science to a higher level. These learning journeys support the curriculum as well as further enhance our pupils’ learning and attitude towards Science.
• Science Supplementary / Enrichment / Remedial Lessons
To better support and stretch our pupils in their learning of Science, supplementary, enrichment and remedial lessons are conducted weekly.
• Young Scientist Badge Scheme
To encourage self-directed learning as well as to further interest our pupils in the curriculum, our pupils also undertake to complete the activities in the Young Scientist Badge Scheme:P3 – Young Zoologist CardP4 – Young Botanist CardP5 – Young Water Ambassador CardP6 – Young Environmentalist Card
• The University of New South Wales International Competition
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Science assesses students’ skills in the key scientific areas of:
- Interpreting data, including observing, measuring and interpreting diagrams, tables and graphs
- Applying data, including inferring, predicting and concluding
- Higher order skills, including investigating, reasoning and problem solving
The papers will cover content on
- Earth and Beyond (incorporating the Earth Sciences and Astronomy).
- Energy and Change (incorporating Physics).
- Life and Living (incorporating Biology and Ecology).
- Natural and Processed Materials (incorporating Chemistry).
• Four-year Process Skills Development Programme
Pupils are provided with opportunities to apply learned concepts and skills, by engaging the surrounding environment and its processes and phenomena for the purpose of inquiry, awareness and self-development.
Engaging with an event, phenomenon or problem through:
• Formulating hypothesis
This is the skill of making a general explanation for a related set of observations or events. It is an extension of inferring.
• Generating possibilities
This is the skill of exploring all the alternatives, possibilities and choices beyond the obvious or preferred one.
This is the skill of assessing the likelihood of an outcome based on prior knowledge of how things usually turn out.
Collecting and presenting evidence through:
This is the skill of using our senses to gather information about objects or events. This also includes the use of instruments to extend the range of our senses.
• Using apparatus and equipment
This is the skill of knowing the functions and limitations of various apparatus, and developing the ability to select and handle them appropriately for various tasks.
Reasoning; making meaning of information and evidence through:
This is the skill of identifying the similarities and differences between two or more objects, concepts or processes.
This is the skill of grouping objects or events based on common characteristics.
This is the skill of interpreting or explaining observations or pieces of data or information.
This is the skill of identifying the parts of objects, information or processes, and the patterns and relationships between these parts.
This is the skill of assessing the reasonableness, accuracy and quality of information, processes or ideas. This is also the skill of assessing the quality and feasibility of objects.
This is the skill of transmitting and receiving information presented in various forms - verbal, pictorial, tabular or graphical.
Processes are complex operations which require the use of several skills.
• Creative Problem Solving
Analysing a problem and choosing an innovative and relevant solution to alter a problem situation.
Establishing and applying criteria to select from among seemingly equal alternatives with consideration to consequences and values.
Formulating questions or hypotheses as well as devising and conducting fair methods to verify the stated hypotheses.