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Dazhong Total Curriculum

The school is committed to provide student-centric holistic education driven by values and competencies. It seeks to develop the C2015 outcomes, in particular the sense of curiosity for life-long learning, confidence and co-operation (3Cs) through the Total Curriculum@Dazhong. The Total Curriculum@Dazhong comprises rigorous programmes in academic, arts education, character and citizenship education (CCE), and sports education. 

Academic

The Dazhong Curriculum Design Framework(DCDF) guides the school in the design of its curriculum which seeks to provide a rigourous academic programme that will motivate pupils in their learning through authentic learning experiences. The framework is based on the PETALs(Pedagogy, Learning Experience, Tone of Environment, Assessment, Learning Content and Student-Centricity), with adopting Constructivist Theory of Learning as its key pedagogy to enable pupils to make meaning of their learning, ‘Understanding by Design (Ubd)’ to guide teachers in the selection of content(content knowledge, skills, attitudes) to ensure that concepts are not in silos but enable pupils to see connections to make learning meaningful for them and holistic assessment to maximise pupils’ learning. To ensure that the potential of pupils is maximised, the school provides a differentiated curriculum through the Achievers’ Programme .

Our Philosophy:

Every child is curious about the Science and the environment around them.

To nurture a hub of self-directed thinking individuals with inquiring minds and a passion for learning Science, the Science curriculum adopts the Understanding by Design (UbD) and the inquiry-based learning to fuel curiosity in the pupils and to inculcate the spirit of scientific inquiry in them.

Guided by the Constructivist Theory and through the use of questioning technique, the school-based Science curriculum also adopts the experiential approach to provide pupils with the necessary experiences that they could build upon and incorporate them into their scientific thinking. 

Development of essential thinking skills, habits of mind and ethics & attitudes are also focused in the Science curriculum.

Key Programmes /Project

The following key programmes / project provide pupils with opportunities to explore their natural and physical world and view the pursuit of Science as meaningful and useful so that they grow to be effective citizens, able to function in and contribute to the society.

1) I3 (Inquire, Ignite & Inspire) Programme

The I3 Programme focuses on concepts and skills development in pupils. In Science teaching and learning, activities are specially planned to integrate skills and processes which encourage pupils to seek new knowledge and inquire about things and phenomena around them. 

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The enrichment programmes are carefully planned to complement the Primary Science Curriculum and to ignite pupils’ passion in learning Science. These programmes not only deepen but also broaden pupils’ learning in the subject. Besides the school-based programmes such as the Science Stretch Programme for high progress pupils, the Singapore Science Centre Experience for P3 to P6 pupils are organized to enthuse pupils in the wonder of Science around them.

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2) E3 (Explore, Excite & Enrich) Learning

In E3 learning, pupils as active learners are given the opportunities to explore and experience the natural environment around them. Learning is enriched as they make new discoveries in their quest to learn new things. 

E3 learning includes the following:
In activity-based learning in the Science, learning is made fun and purposeful to the pupils so that the enduring understanding of the subject taught resides in them.

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Exploring DZPS Gardens @ HEART and the nature rambles beyond the classroom develop in pupils a lively curiosity in their natural environment as they discover more about the amazing environment around them.

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In addition to the experiential approach in Science teaching and learning, hands-on activities are carried out at the gardens in the school premises to allow pupils to have a better conceptual understanding in the study of Science. Thereafter, opportunities are provided for pupils to apply and reflect on their learning. Transfer of learning is encouraged as pupils share their learning, creative toys and projects with their peer in the classrooms and at school-based event such as the Young Scientists’ Day.

Experiential Outdoor Learning to various places of interest for pupils at each level helps extend their learning experiences through outdoor exploration and discovery.

Level Experiential Outdoor Learning
P3 Singapore Zoo
P4 Singapore Botanic Gardens
P5 Forest Walk via Elevated Walkway @ Telok Blangah Hill Park  
P6 Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves

Authentic Learning in Natural Environment 
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3) Creative & Investigative Science Project (CrISP)

Creativity and Innovation Programme provides opportunities for pupils to learn and apply Science concepts and skills in a creative and fun manner as in the creative toy design programme and the Young Scientists’ Day. Pupils use their creativity to design and create toys using scrap materials and recyclables as they practise the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse).

The Investigative Science Learning injects fun in learning when pupils share interesting Science experiments with their peer as they investigate and learn from one another. In this way, pupils also sharpen their skills in conducting investigation. 

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Hu Jing Ming - Sony Creative Science Award 2013 Merit Award Winner
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What a great way to Science Learning!
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Nothing’s better than learning at first hand!
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Dinglasan Almeera Louise Mejia - Sony Creative Science Award 2014 Commendation Award Winner (Simplicity Award)