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Vision & Mission

Vision 
Where young scientists are empowered to experiment and apply scientific knowledge and skills to appreciate and care for the environment.

Mission 
To ignite students’ natural curiosity and passion for exploring science with an inquiring mind through purposeful multi-disciplinary learning experiences.

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Science Curriculum - Sequence of Topics for Year 2020

LevelTopics
  Primary Three1. Plant and their Parts (conducted during P3 Hydroponics & Plant System Module in Term 1’s Afternoon Programme)

2. Classification: Living and non-living things
3. Plants, Animals, Fungi and Bacteria
4. Exploring materials
5. Magnets and their Characteristics
6. Making Magnets
7. Life Cycles of some Animals
8. Life Cycles of Plants

 Primary Four

1. Cycles in Matter
2. Heat Energy
3. Light Energy

4. Plant and their Parts (Plant System)
5. Your Amazing Body System (Human Digestive System)

 Primary Five1. Plant Transport System
2. Air and the Respiratory System

3. The Circulatory System
4. The Unit of Life (Cell System)
5. Electrical Systems
6. Using Electricity
7. Reproduction in Plants
8. Reproduction in Humans
9. Water and changes of state
10. The Water Cycle

 Primary Six1. Energy in Food
2. Forms & Uses of Energy, Sources of Energy
3. Forces
4. Living Together
5. Food Chains and Food Webs
6. Adaptations
7. Man’s impact on his Environment



Key Programmes

Key Programmes 

Inquiry-based Active Learning with Technology
Students learn Science using the inquiry approach via a variety of ICT tools and experiential hands-on experiments. This ensures that the learning of Science is not confined to the textbook and the classrooms, but is seamlessly integrated into the students’ lives.


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Outdoor learning spaces
The learning of Science is made more authentic through experiential learning at the various outdoor learning spaces, such as the Biodiversity Garden, Regenerative Garden and Hydroponics Stations. Besides inculcating a love for nature among Andersonians, learning resources have been designed for the Primary 3 to Primary 6 levels to encourage outdoor hands-on learning about: 
  • different types of plants: the creepers, the flowering and the non-flowering,
  • different parts of the plants, and how different plants have different plant parts for various purposes,  
  • life cycle of the butterfly,  
  • reproductive parts of a plant,
  • the science behind composting,
  • observing interactions among living things, and
  • how the flora and fauna are adapted for different purposes.


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Environment Stewardship

To nurture a sense of appreciation for nature and encourage Andersonians to do their part for the environment, various science enrichment modules have been designed to provide opportunities for students to work on STEM-related activities and projects with a focus on Environmental Science & Sustainability Living. These enrichment modules provide opportunities for learning and self-discovery through doing.

(i) Back to Nature – Replant & Grow Module
Back to Nature – Replant and Grow module aims to nurture budding Young Botanists with an appreciation and love for our nature’s green. In conjunction with the launch of the Young Botanist Activity Card for all Primary 5 students in Term 1, students have participated in a micro-farming workshop and a recycled bottle garden lesson.

In the micro-farming workshop, students discovered the various components of healthy, ‘living’ soil. Students worked in groups and got their hands dirty to mix these components together to create their own organic soil. This organic soil was then transferred into their fabric planter beds to grow Bak Choy, Spring Onions and Lettuce. At the recycled bottle garden lesson, each student had the opportunity to create their own Bottle Garden using simple materials such as a recycled plastic bottle, Fittonia, pebbles and peat moss.

Through these hands-on activities, students learned about the science behind composting, how a recycled bottle garden can be self-sustaining and brought home organic crops to share with their family.


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(ii) Reduce & Upcycle towards Sustainability – Trash into Treasure Module
Reduce & Upcycle towards Sustainability module aims to raise awareness of the issue of waste generation in modern day living and the importance of refusing, reducing, repurposing and recycling efforts. In this module, activities have been designed for Primary 4 students to research and understand about the concept of upcycling. Student then work in groups to create an upcycled product that is useful for the classroom before culminating with an authentic, hands-on values-in-action experience through the “Trashwalk & Sustainability” Programme at the Singapore Zoo. We hope that Andersonians are empowered to take positive action for the environment through this module.



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(iii) Hydroponics & Plant Parts Module

This in-house programme aims to provide a hands-on learning experience for our Primary 3 students to appreciate and learn more about plant life, participate in the process of crop growing, develop teamwork, motivate respect and values for life in nature as well as encourage healthy eating habits.

During the growing process, students have the opportunity to observe different plant parts such as plant roots, without pulling the plant out of its environment. Students will transplant their seedlings into the hydroponics system and watch the development of their crop until it is ready to be harvested and consumed.


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Science Assembly Programme

The Science Assembly Programme is planned with the following objectives:

  1. to arouse and ignite Andersonians interest in the learning of Science
  2. to equip Andersonians with the ethics and attitudes to engage in science-related issues as a reflective citizen
  3. to help Andersonians appreciate how science influences people and the environment.

Some of the shows and talks organised include:

  • The Amazing World of Animals Talk
  • Author’s Talk on the World of Dinosaur by local author Andy Chua
  • Air-Amazing Science Show
  • No! to Plastic Talk
  • Marine Wildlife Talk & Marine Tank Interaction
  • Incredible Edibles – The Chemistry of Cookies Science Show by the Singapore Science Centre
  • Singapore Wildlife and Trashbusters Talks by the Singapore Zoo

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Young Scientist Programme
To encourage the application of learning to the real world and provide opportunities for students to carry out self-directed activities in the various disciplines of Science, Primary 3 to 5 students embark on various Young Scientist Activity Cards such as the Young Zoologist, Young Botanist and Young Energy Saver. Besides stimulating interest in Science through activities, students have taken the initiative to be creative in their presentation and communication of learning.


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Science Experiential Day
Primary 6 students take part in the Science Experiential Day conducted by Singapore Science Centre in Term 1. Each student made their own wind turbine by making a pinwheel to attach to a motor. Students are encouraged to be creative in testing out various pinwheel designs that will be efficient in collecting wind so as to enable the LED that is attached to the motor, to light up steadily. Through this experiential day, students learn to apply concepts of energy conversion to explain how their wind turbine works.


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Learning Journeys to the Singapore Zoo
Primary 3 students getparticipate in a Learning Journey to the Singapore Zoo to learn about the body coverings of different animal groups and its functions. In addition, students get to complete a Zoo trail that is designed by our teachers to encourage students to classify a variety of animals they see based on their similarities and differences using common observable characteristics. This trail also broadens students’ knowledge of examples of animals in the different animal groups they have learnt under the Diversity theme. 


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Learning Journeys to the Singapore Science Centre
Learning journeys to the Singapore Science Centre are organised for students to deepen and extend their learning. Primary 5 students attend “Diversity of Cells” laboratory-based workshop to learn about the classification of livings things as well as explore, observe and identify cells through a microscope. Primary 6 students are taught field techniques to catch and observe a variety of aquatic organisms which make up the pond community in the “Aquatic Plants and Animals” workshop, and in the process, learn about relationships between organisms in the pond ecosystem.


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Learning Journey to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Primary 6 students have the opportunity to explore biodiversity in our own backyard and understand its importance during the mangrove walk at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. During this learning journey, students learn eye-opening facts about fauna and flora in mangrove habitats, relationships between organisms and appreciate the importance of protecting our Mother Nature.




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Integration of Science In Lower Primary
Simple science concepts such as life cycle of butterfly and magnets are integrated into the EL STELLAR Programme to stimulate scientific thinking in our young learners.


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Additional Programmes
  • E2K Science Enrichment Programme
  • Singapore Youth Science Fair 
  • Elementz Science Project Competition and Exhibition 
  • Singapore Primary Science Olympiad