Every student a Scientifically Literate Member of Society
We instil and nurture students’ passion in Science and develop in them the scientific thinking skills, values and attitudes that are to be applied to their daily lives as a responsible member of the society.
Goals of Science Education
- To provide students with an experience that develops their interest in Science;
- To nurture all students to be scientifically literate, so that they are able to make informed decisions and take responsible actions in their daily lives;
- To implement a dynamic and challenging curriculum that and builds the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for students to innovate and pursue STEM for future learning and work.
Core Concepts of Science
To make Science learning coherent and meaningful, the Science curriculum is organised around Core Concepts, which are distilled ideas central to Science. The Core Concepts help students see the coherence and conceptual links within and across the different sub-disciplines of Science (i.e. Biology, Chemistry and Physics). The Core Concepts also provide a framework to make visible students’ progression in Science understanding across the different levels of education. Teachers will be able to pitch their lessons according to the students’ stage of readiness to help them gradually develop understanding of Science concepts with increasing complexity.
Science Talent and Enrichment Framework
The Science talent and enrichment framework is succinctly captured in our 3-tier approach as shown below.
Tier 1 – To generate awareness in Science, every Nanyang girl will experience enrichment activities such as visits to Science exhibitions, learning journeys to research institutes or science organisations, talks on specific areas of Science and Science-related competitions. The school also organizes the Science and Maths Fest annually to excite the students in the learning of Science.
Tier 2 – High ability students with a passion in Science will be developed and groomed through programmes and enrichment activities such as the Innovation Programme (IvP), Greenwave Envirocare Projects (Greenwave), Science Mentorship Programme (SMP), and Physics Student-initiated Assignment, and other Science research projects. Admission to these programmes is subject to recommendations by the Science teachers. The students will have opportunities to present their work at various external platforms. Students with strong passion and aptitude in the Sciences may apply to study Advanced Science courses in the upper secondary levels where they will learn an expanded curriculum, engage in the learning of science through real-world connections and doing independent (authentic) learning tasks. This will lay a strong foundation for students who are interested to pursue future course of study in Science.
Tier 3 – Our top science students are provided with opportunities to further develop their interest in science research. They may apply for Nanyang Science Mentorship Programme (NSMP), Research@DSO and Research@YDSP culminating in the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair. The students can also participate in other high-level Science-related competitions and short-term attachments to research institutions. Students who have attained commendable achievements will be recommended for national science awards, such as the A*STAR JC Award, the DSTA Scholarship and the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science.