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 – the purpose of this tier is to generate awareness in science. It caters to the general school population. Examples of enrichment activities in Tier 1 are: visits to Science exhibitions, learning journeys to research institutes or organisations related to Science, talks on specific area of Science, Science-related competitions. Some of the activities in this tier are weaved into the activities during the Earth and Science Fortnight.
Tier 2 – the purpose of this tier is to develop and groom students who have a keen interest as well as ability in Science. The activities in this tier are for the high ability students with a passion in Science. Examples of programmes and enrichment activities in Tier 2 include the Innovation Programme (IvP), Greenwave Envirocare Projects (Greenwave), Science Mentorship Programme (SMP), and Physics Student-initiated Assignment, and other Science research projects. Selection for admission to these programmes is subject to recommendations from the Science teachers. Students doing the science research are given lessons such as Writing Literature Reviews and Scientific Reports. The students will have the opportunity to present their work on various external platforms.
At the end of Secondary 2, students who have attained commendable academic performance are eligible for application to the various advanced Sciences (Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry and Advanced Physics) courses in upper secondary. Students who did well in the interview and/or selection test would be offered the 2-year Advanced Science course(s) to develop their talents according to their interest and aptitude. Besides the core curriculum, the students will also be exposed to the various Junior Olympiad syllabi. They will be given opportunities to engage learning of science through real-world connections, reading (books/articles/journals) and doing independent learning tasks. so as to provide a strong foundation for students interested in a future course of study in Science.
Tier 3 – the purpose of this tier is to provide opportunities to allow the students to further their journey in science research. For students who have displayed strong inclination to pursue in Science research, they will apply to enrol in the Nanyang Science Mentorship Programme (NSMP), Research@DSO and Research@YDSP culminating in the Singapore and Science 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.