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Science

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HOD
Mr Tay Soo Hong
Department Members
Mdm Mona Lee 
Senior Teacher, Science
Mdm Widiah Halwa Binti Sawandi 
Mdm Connie Ow
Mdm Yap Lay KoonMiss Eunice ChewMdm Shannon Lim
Mr Tan Wee Loon Mdm Nalini SubramaniamMr Sebastian Chin (AED) 
 Mrs Lau Bee HaMs Liow Hui Min  Mdm Chan Liea Sun

VISION:

Every student an inquirer.


MISSION:

To develop students to be curious about the world and to equip them with the necessary skills for Science inquiry.



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Teaching and Learning of Science in Concord Primary aims to:

·          Provide students with experiences which build on their natural interest in and stimulate their curiosity about their environment;

·          Provide students with basic scientific terms and concepts to help them understand themselves and the world around them;

·          Provide students with opportunities to develop skills, habits of mind and attitudes necessary for scientific inquiry;

·          Prepare students towards using scientific knowledge and methods in making personal decisions; and

Help students appreciate how Science influences people and the environment.


DEPARTMENT'S HIGHLIGHTS:

Inquiry-based learning empowers students to take greater ownership of their learning.  Students are given questions and tasks collaboratively to explain scientific concepts, using evidence to support their thoughts and claims. The process of inquiry is facilitated by teachers who help students make connections and build their understanding of concepts.


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Experiential learning inspires curiosity and empowers students to take charge of their learning by showing them how science relates to real life. Concord provides various learning spaces such as the terrarium, the butterfly garden and the hydroponics etc. Through meaningful learning experience, student learning can extend beyond the classroom.

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Terrarium
Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Garden

Hydroponics

Hydroponics Programme for Primary 3

Primary 3 students will embark on Life Cycle in Plants during their Science lessons in Term 3. All students are given the opportunity to grow kang kong seedlings through hydroponics in school. The kang kong plants were grown in a water based, nutrient-rich solution. The roots come in direct contact with the nutrient solution, while also having access to oxygen to ensure proper growth. Students are able to see first-hand, the different parts of the plant; roots, stem and leaves. After about 3 weeks, students will harvest the kang kong plants. Through this experience, not only are they able to learn more about Life Science, it also inculcates the values of care and responsibility towards plants and their environment.

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Explicit teaching and learning of Process Skills enables our students to develop their mastery in using and applying these strategies in their daily lives. For example, Primary 3 students learn how to observe and classify while Primary 4 students acquire analysing and communicating skills. Primary 5 students are taught how to make inferences and how to interpret data. As for the Primary 6 students, they will learn how to evaluate an experiment and generate explanations based on the given evidence.

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Science Answering Techniques


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2019 West Zone Junior Science Whiz Challenge

6 of our students participated in the Challenge and 10 other students took part in the Audience Workshops and Science Trail. We would like to congratulate our Primary 6 student Lin Xuan for emerging as one of the Top 10 scorers in the Written Round.






2019 Abbott Young Scientist Award

The Abbott Young Scientist Award is yearly organised by Science Centre Singapore and Abbott Laboratories, supported by the Ministry of Education. The programme consists of a structured programme on project work, science content and science communication skills. This Award is a form of bursary for training the students in science through mentoring. This programme is valuable to both the school and students in giving opportunity for our P5 students to build their character values as well such as responsibility, integrity and teamwork. 

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Science Workshops at Parents Symposium

Organised once yearly, the parents’ Science workshops are open to parents whose child is studying Science from Primary 3 to Primary 6. This event is to let parents be familiar with the Science syllabus and some key concepts taught. We aim to equip parents with some strategies to support their child in the learning of Science. In 2019, we conducted 3 workshops for more than 100 parents.

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Learning journey to Singapore Science Center.

In Concord, we believe in learning of Science can also be done outside classrooms where we expose our students to learning beyond the syllabus. In 2019, we did it by organizing one Learning Journey to the Science Center Singapore for each class from Primary 3 to Primary 6.

Primary 3

Students explored the exciting phenomena of magnetism, investigated the magnetic properties of materials, made their own magnets, found out about the properties and uses of different magnets.

Primary 4

By applying the concepts of on heat energy and temperature, students worked in groups to tackle the design challenge of using different materials and ways of keeping homes cool.

Primary 5

Students observed various fruit and seed specimens to find out how they are adapted for dispersal. They were taught how to classify them into various methods of dispersal, such as by water, wind, explosive action and animals.

Primary 6

Students explored the various forms of energy through many engaging hands-on activities that demonstrated how energy is transferred and converted from one form to another. They used these concepts to build a thrilling marble machine.


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Colours Programme

COL.OURS stands for Centre Of Learning - Our Unique Researches in Science. It is a Concord Primary School programme to support Science learning for the Primary 1 and Primary 2 students. Our students are exposed to exciting science videos, science activities in and out of the classroom so that they can explore different things around them as well as interesting non-fiction Science books to bring them into the world of wonder!

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Professional Learning Teams.

The teaching and learning of science at Concord Primary is a continuous cycle of learning, putting into practice, changing what needs to be changed and reflecting on what has been done so as to improve it further.

As such, our Science teachers came together to discuss on teaching ideas so as to strengthen our teachers’ pedagogical competencies to stay relevant in the changing educational landscape and deliver engaging sessions. After which lesson studies were conducted with selected students to enable teachers to enhance their learning through shared experience.

P3 and P6 Learning Teams.

Primary 3

In 2019, a Professional Learning Team of Science teachers was formed to work on the teaching and learning of Plant Life Cycle in Primary 3. One Primary 3 class was selected to work on this new approach as a project. Working in groups, students got to grow a pot of plants from seeds. As they watched their plants grow, they tracked the plants’ growth, recorded measurements and used iPad to take photos. Students used Google Doc in iPad to key in their findings and insert photographs taken. Teachers took the opportunity to instill values like responsibility, integrity and team work. Students gave feedback that they learnt many things in this project such as the right scientific terms for description, computing and presentation skills.

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Primary 6

Another professional learning team worked on the teaching and learning of Photosynthesis for Primary 6. One Primary 6 class who are taking foundation Science was selected to work on this new approach as a project. The goal was to teach students Hi-RECAP and CER strategies to help students decipher possible questions regarding photosynthesis and thereby helping students to even better understand the topic of photosynthesis. Slides, videos and practices were used to internalize these strategies.

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