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Department Philosophy
In DZPS, we believe that every child is curious about Science and the environment around them. Our mission as Science teachers of DZPS is therefore to nurture self-directed, thinking individuals with inquiring minds and a passion for learning Science to serve beyond selves
 

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DZPS Science Department Key Approaches
The department teaching principles are aligned to that of the Singapore Teaching Practice. These principles also reflect the deep DZ beliefs & culture of the school. The teacher is the leader of inquiry in the science classroom. Teachers of science impart the excitement and value of science to their students. They are facilitators and role models of the inquiry process in the classrooms. The teacher creates a learning environment that will encourage and challenge students to develop their sense of inquiry. Teaching and learning approaches centre around the student as an inquirer.

The key teaching approaches are:

-  Inquiry-based Instruction using the 5E instructional Model (Engage, Explore, Explain,
    Elaborate, Evaluate)

-  Experiential Learning
   • We always strive to keep our Science lessons authentic and we leverage on both experiential                   learning and technologies to foster deep learning of Science.

-  Thinking Routines: CER (Claim-Evidence-Reasoning)
   • The use of thinking routines is prevalent in the teaching of Science at DZPS.
   • Thinking routines provide students with a clear and logical solution to use when it comes to                   problem solving.

DZPS Science Department Programmes

Our school also offers a range of programmes and activities to support the teaching and learning of the DZPS Science Curriculum to develop Scientific Literacy in our students. Science education for the future involves teaching students more than just the basic concepts of science. Students need to be equipped with the skills to be able to use scientific knowledge to identify questions, and to draw evidence-based conclusions in order to understand and make decisions about the natural world and the changes made to it through human activity. They also need to understand the characteristic features of science as a form of human knowledge and inquiry, and be aware of how science and technology shape our material, intellectual and cultural environments. Lastly, they need to be equipped with ethics and attitudes to engage in science-related issues as a reflective citizen. This is delivered via our Science Total Curriculum:

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Fundamentals

All Levels:

- Topical Learning Packages
   • Provide all students with the learning opportunities to acquire fundamental knowledge, concepts
      and skills via the mastery of the various topical critical key concepts and science process skills.

-  Learning Journeys to Science Centre
   • Deepen student’s understanding of selected scientific concepts as they are exposed to various 
      scientific phenomenon that are usually not found in a classroom setting.

-  SONY Creative Toys Competition
   • Focus on creativity and application of scientific concepts.

-  Young Scientists Week
    • Focus on application of scientific concepts and providing a platform for all students to learn       
       more about science through fun and innovative activities designed by both teachers and
       students.

Customised

Middle Blk (P3 & P4):

-   I3 (Inquire, Ignite, Inspire) Learning Packages
    • A more targeted approach for the deep learning of scientific process skills (eg: observing,
       comparing, analysing).

-  E3 (Explore, Excite, Enrich) Learning Packages
   • Focus on the learning of various science concepts, process skills and science related values in an
      outdoor setting with the aid of ICT technologies.
      ▪ P3 – Singapore Zoo Field Trip, DZ Eco-Garden Trail
      ▪ P4 – Telok Blangah Tree Top Walk Field Trip, DZ Eco-Garden Trail

-  iExperience Lessons
    • Opportunities for hands on experimentation within the classroom.
        ▪ Breeding of mealworms/caterpillars to study life cycles
        ▪ Growing of plants in school’s hydroponic farm

Upper Blk (P5 & P6):

-  E3 (Explore, Excite, Enrich) Learning Packages
   • Focus on the learning of various science concepts, process skills and science related values in an
      outdoor setting with the aid of ICT technologies.
       ▪ P5 – DZ Eco-Garden Trail
       ▪ P6 – Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Field Trip, DZ Eco-Garden Trail

-  Thinking Routine (CER) Workshops
    • Focus on the learning and mastery of the application of Thinking Routine (CER) in preparation         for answering of PSLE questions.

-  P6 Self-Directed Revision Learning Package
    • Promote self-directed learning in our P6 students.

-  P6 Mentoring Programme
    • Targeted approach to help level up our P6 students’ knowledge of Science. 

Enrichment

P4 to P6:

-  SOAR Programme
   • Specialised curriculum to identify students with greater passion and interest in Science to be           
      stretched and developed.
   • Students selected for SOAR will undergo training to represent the school in various external                competitions:
      ▪ Singapore Primary Science Olympiad
      ▪ E-gnite Photo Challenge
      ▪ Destination Imagination National Tournament

 
DZPS Science Signature Programme: E3 (Explore, Excite & Enrich) Learning Package
The E3 Learning Package centers on providing our students with the opportunities for immersive outdoor learning experiences in Science. It was initiated on the belief that our students are active learners who should explore and experience the natural environment around them, so as to enrich their learning. The package also aims to make learning authentic and exciting for students via the different field trip activities, school eco-garden learning trails and the unified S.E.A.L (Scientist, Explorer, Activist, and Learner) Values System so that the enduring understanding of the topics taught will reside in them. We also integrate the use of ICT tools to facilitate collaborative and self-directed learning among students while they embark on these outdoor learning journeys.  

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