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Teaching Science as inquiry must go beyond merely presenting the facts and the outcomes of scientific investigations. Through inquiry learning, we hope that every pupil from West View will:
Investigate and Explore (I & E) Activities
Through I & E activities during science lessons, teachers actively engage the pupils by leading them to acquire:
- fundamental science concepts, principles and theories
- application of skills and processes of scientific inquiry
- develop attitudes and values that are essential for scientific inquiry.
I & E activities seek to enhance the learning experiences for pupils. Rather than memorising facts, pupils are given opportunities to explore the concepts collaboratively. This will bring about curiosity among the pupils. Eventually, we hope our pupils will develop a passion for Science through this investigative and explorative approach.
Explicit teaching of scientific process skills
Scientific process skills are critical for pupils to investigate and explore scientific concepts further. As such, opportunities are provided for pupils to use scientific concepts and integrate skills and processes to inquire about the things around them. Explicit teaching of process skills are conducted termly with progression of skills as pupils advance through the different levels. Hence, these level-appropriate skills packages are designed to customise to the needs of the pupils based on their readiness.
Science Maniac Quiz
Science Maniac Quiz (multiple-choice questions) is conducted for every topic as a form of formative assessment. This provides teachers with timely feedback of pupils’ understanding on the concepts taught during their science lessons. This also allows pupils to self-assess their performance for the topic taught in that week and be reflective learners.
As facilitators in the classroom, teachers adopt various questioning techniques to invoke the spirit of curiosity among the pupils. Opportunities are also provided during Science lessons for pupils to ask questions. Through this two-way communication and questioning between teachers and pupils, it allows teachers to gather information on the pupils’ ‘frame of mind’ and the quality of their understanding.
To support pupils in the application of knowledge and skills in the context of the questions/situations, the following answering strategies were developed. These provide a thinking structure for the pupils in organising their thoughts as they demonstrate application of knowledge and skills in the context given in the questions.
The answering strategies are progressive in nature and are in tandem with the explicit teaching of process skills to ensure alignment to pupils’ readiness level.
Multiple-choice questions (MCQ): KEY
Open-ended (OE) questions: KISS