Science

In alignment with the school vision, we envision every JingShanite to be a Young Scientist who is passionate about exploring Science as a discipline, anchored in values and capable of leading self and others effectively.


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The JS Science learning experiences are designed to provide opportunities to develop values, ethics and attitudes that are essential to the scientific endeavour. We also hope to develop 21st Century Competencies and Scientific Process skills. Emphasis is placed on the application of concepts to real life situations, inculcating a positive learning attitude and the development of reasoning and communication skills, metacognition, and creative problem-solving skills. These learning experiences tap on the students’ curiosity for learning, improving their intrinsic motivation to become independent learners.


JSPS adopts Inquiry-based model[1] as a thoughtful pedagogical approach in the teaching of Science. This unique approach combines the best practices of the following educational theories to provide an optimal learning environment for JingShanites.

(a)   The BSCS 5E Instructional Model

This model forms the inquiry framework to guide students towards conceptual change. Our teachers design their science lessons using this model, providing coherence and connections across the different instructional activities.

(b)   Making Thinking Visible and Cultures of Thinking

Visible Thinking routines help make students’ thinking visible. These routines guide the students’ thought processes to promote active processing. The Visible Thinking Routines are also used as a formative assessment (FA) strategy, allowing teachers to understand the student’s thought processes. With the insights gleaned, teachers can provide feedback to the students to clarify Science concepts, moving their learning forward. These thinking routines help JingShanites develop a thinking disposition and eventually a thinking culture.

(c)   Seamless Learning

This is a “learn anytime, learn anywhere” paradigm where students can continue learning even when they are out of the classroom, and outside of the formal school hours. ICT plays a strong role in facilitating seamless learning by providing collaborative learning. Students can tap on each other as peer resources anytime, anywhere to co-construct knowledge. This reinforces the idea that learning can take place anywhere – the world is their classroom.

1] The 5E-MTV-Seamless model integrates the BSCS 5E Instructional Model (Bybee et al., 2006), Making Thinking Visible (Ritchhart et al., 2011), Cultures of Thinking (Ritchhart, 2015) and Seamless Learning (Looi et al., 2010; Zhang et al., 2010).


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C) Signature Programmes

JingShanites go through a wide variety of classroom and out-of-classroom experiences that provides context and brings to life what they learn in Science.

 

Within the classroom

1. Investigative Performance Tasks

Students experience and demonstrate their science inquiry skills and competencies by working on investigative performance tasks with their peers.
Through analysis of real-world problems, experimentation and data collection, results analysis and communication of findings; students are able to
hone their reasoning, decision-making and creativity to hone their skills in creative problem-solving, decision making and investigation to solve
real-world problems.

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3. E-lessons

Students are given the opportunity to learn at their own pace through e-lessons. E-Lessons also provide the convenience in which students can
access learning content at anytime and anywhere.

These e-lessons take the form of a flipped classroom (blended learning) delivered through ICT platforms that encourages collaboration among
learners. With the affordances of ICT, students reap the benefits of peer learning.  

 

4. Science Journaling

Every JingShanite keeps a science journal to record their observations and notes on the topics they are studying. Journaling allows students to
recognize the importance of self-exploration, questioning and
application of content. Important process skills such as observation and communication
are taught through the science journaling process.  The journal provides a gauge of every student’s level of comprehension in specific areas, for them
to recognize possible gaps in their learning. Teachers use this feedback to bridge learning.
 


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Outside the classroom

5. Science Week

The annual Science Week provides JingShanites with a platform to apply Science to real-world situations, through play-based learning. Throughout the week, students are treated to many engaging demonstrations of the Science concepts in their daily lives. Science Ambassadors, consisting of JingShanites with talents in Science, facilitate these demonstrations. These students are handpicked and trained as Science ambassadors to guide their peers through various Science experiments. 



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 Science ambassadors explaining to JingShanites the experiments using inquiry-based questioning with thinking routines

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6. Learning Journeys

Out-of-classroom learning experiences are important in the learning of Science. The school eco-garden and other green spaces in and around the
school allow the students to be exposed to nature and plants. Learning journeys to
institutions like Science Centre and the Singapore Zoological
Gardens enable students to expand their Science learning capacities through hands-on experiments and authentic learning.


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P5 JingShanites explore diversity of cells at Science Centre

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Curious JingShanites studying the diversity of plants in JSPS Science Garden & investigating the living conditions of the eco-pond using
the data logger

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7. Science Challenge

Science Challenge provides JingShanites with the opportunity to learn Science beyond the classroom in a fun and enjoyable manner. JingShanites
actively use their imagination and creativity, whilst applying certain scientific principles when creating a toy that work and has good functionality.

  

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incorporate design thinking principles. Students use their creativity to develop solutions that are eco-friendly and kind to the environment.


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JingShanites working on a model of an energy-saving smart home using Micro-bits and coding.