- Our department’s vision is that every child is a scientific thinker.
- A scientific thinker is one who:
- Is curious about the world around them;
- Is able to apply inquiry skills in everyday life (e.g. identify questions, analyse data, draw evidence-based conclusions);
- Is able to make informed decisions relating to science and technology (e.g., on health and lifestyle);
- Is compassionate towards other living things and cares for the environment.
- Our department’s mission is to:
- Provide meaningful learning experiences for our pupils to develop a strong science foundation;
- Provide authentic opportunities for pupils to apply inquiry skills and engage in scientific discourse;
- Nurture pupils to be environmental citizens;
- Develop an excellent faculty of science teachers which contribute to the continuous improvement of pupils’ outcomes;
Our Key Programmes
- All young children are innately curious about the world around them. Our goal is to tap on this innate curiosity to develop in our pupils the skills of inquiry and problem-solving which they can apply in authentic, every-day situations throughout their lives.
- Our strategy is to build in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities to anchor science knowledge and inquiry skills in a real-world context.
Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Environmental Studies.
Our Environmental Studies Applied Learning Programme (ALP) is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and responding to environmental concerns. It enriches students’ educational experience and supports content mastery in Science by providing a meaningful real-world context for them to relate and apply their learning. It also affords students more opportunities for character-building and development of 21st-century competencies.Field-Based Learning via Learning Journeys.and Green Trail@SBPS
Pupils of all levels enjoy opportunities to attend learning journeys for rich field-based learning on identified science topics:
|Primary 1||Singapore Zoo||Introduction to Animals|
|Primary 2||Jurong Bird Park||Introduction to Birds|
|Primary 3||Insect Mysteries Workshop at Science Centre Singapore||Diversity of Animals|
|Primary 4||Light Workshop at Science Centre Singapore||Light Energy|
|Primary 5||Diversity of Cells Workshop at Science Centre Singapore||Cells; Adaptations|
Adaptations Workshop and Guided Tour at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum;
Guided Walk at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
|Factors of the Environment, Food Chains and Food Webs, Adaptations, Man’s Impact on the Environment|
Our department has also cultivated a rich collection of themed gardens, collectively known as the Green Trail@SBPS. Our gardens are venues for hands-on learning of science, art and Programme for Active Learning (PAL).
Our rooftop farming facility allows our pupils to experience the complete process of growing and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables. Our rainwater harvesting system, combined with rain sensors to control the amount of irrigation, allows us to conserve water while contributing to national urban greening efforts. The experience allows our pupils to observe at first hand the complete life cycle of flowering plants, mutualistic relationships between plants and pollinators, factors affecting plant growth. Furthermore, pupils gain a keen awareness of challenges faced by Singapore in terms of land scarcity, food sustainability and water sustainability.
The ability to effectively use ICT tools and navigate the World Wide Web is part of the 21st century competencies. Our teachers engage the use of ICT tools to help pupils better visualise science phenomena and understand concepts. Pupils learn to use dataloggers to collect data during science experiments. As part of the P5 one-to-one iPad programme, pupils also record observations and document their learning using suitable apps. Teachers make use of the MCOnline portal and other suitable ICT tools to assign e-learning tasks for self-directed learning and flipped learning, and carry out formative assessment of the pupils’ progress.
We provide opportunities for pupils with strong aptitude and interest in science to extend their learning. These can be in the form of more challenging tasks to stretch their thinking and deepen their understanding. Our school provides the Science Olympiad training programme for an identified talent pool for P4 and P5 pupils.