Every Child A Scientist
To nurture curious and active learners through inquiry-based learning and develop them scientific skills for life-long learning.
Our Scientific Endeavours
EDULAB@AST PARTNERSHIP PROPEL-T/C SCL
(Prototype Pedagogy for Learning with Technology / Computer Supported Collaborative Learning)
Knowledge Building and Knowledge Forum
We extend the use of Technologies in the classroom to provide tremendous inroad to fundamental change in classroom work, especially in the nature of classroom interaction and its learning outcomes in partnership with Edulab. Knowledge Forum is an online platform to support the process of Knowledge Building whereby pupils have the opportunity to contribute, share and reorganize knowledge and eventually ‘rise-above’ to new understandings through collaborative discussions.
Under this approach, it encourages self-directed learning and supports SEL competencies for the pupils. The quantity and quality of the pupils’ responses are reflection of the pupils’ interest in the subject as well as what they have learnt.
Aquatic Learning Corner (ALeZ)
ALeZ was constructed at the last quarter of year 2016. It is an experiential area for the learning of Life Sciences, in particular aquatic living organisms and their habitats. There are two tanks, namely, Terrarium tank and Aquatic Fishes and Plant Tank. Both tanks will provide a platform to enable pupils to appreciate the diversity of living organisms through observation of the freshwater plants and animals in the aquariums.
In addition, Science lessons will be conducted at ALeZ to deepen class discussions in the relevant topics in the Science Syllabus from P3 to P6.
Pupils can also participate in the termly quiz found at the Notice Board found at ALeZ.
Endeavour’s Eco Guardians are the caretakers of our gardens and ALeZ. They are pupil volunteers from every class fully committed in their responsibilities for the entire year. They undergo training sessions and workshops to better understand their roles, their assigned duties and how to go about carrying out their responsibilities.
Our Eco guardians will have their first meeting and training session in January every year. During this training session they will be briefed on their duties for the year, and also a familiarisation section on our gardens and ALeZ. They will also be introduced to plant care and had a mini lesson on plants and the suitable environments for plants to survive in. Moreover, they will find out more about the living organisms at ALeZ and determine the factors that may affect the survival of the organisms.
For the subsequent meet-up sessions with the eco-guardians, there will be interesting and relevant workshops conducted for them. One of the workshops which the eco-guardians enjoy is building their own terrarium. Eco-guardians will undergo a lesson prior to designing and constructing their own terrarium. Upon completion, they get to bring home the terrarium.
Science lessons in EDP
In Endeavour, students have many hands-on experiments and activities conducted in class and the Science Laboratories. Teachers generally use the 5E approach (Engage – Explore – Explain- Elaborate – evaluate ) to conduct inquiry-based learning.
Competitions and Achievements
Pupils love competitions so they enjoy participating in various Science competitions organized by other schools. The Singapore Science Centre or other agencies provide our pupils with an opportunity to transfer their learning into action, given each competitive situation.
|1.||Raffles Science Olympiad||Tan Jie Xin (Bronze)|
|2.||Young Whizzes Challenge||Gan Xi Yee (Silver), Denzel Tan Yong En (Bronze)|
|3.||Youth Science Fair||Certificate of Commendation / Certificate of Accomplishment|
|4.||15th Annual Science Elementz Project||Gold and Silver|
(Pupils presenting Stain Busters for Science Elementz in year 2016)
OH! At Endeavour (Orchid Hybridisation! @ Endeavour)
P5 pupils learn about the pollination, the genetics of hybridisation and techniques of aseptic tissue culture through hands-on lessons. The creation of new hybrids will be a testament of how our pupils improve and innovate on existing breeds of orchids. In addition, pupils will learn the proper ways to take care of orchids and have the opportunity to monitor the growth of orchids in our school.
P5 Orchid Hybridisation Programme
In line with the P5 Science topic on the Reproduction of Flowering Plants, pupils go through one session of Orchid Hybridisation Enrichment Lesson conducted by Orchidville. The objective of the workshop is to inculcate higher order skills (HOTS) through involving pupils in the growing, selection and creation of hybrids and registration of Orchid hybrids.
At the end of the lessons, pupils would have learnt to:
- List the parts of an Orchid flower, and identify the male and female parts
- Recognise pollination occurring in an orchid
- Identify some of the agents that help in pollination, including humans
- Describe what happens after fertilisation has taken place
- State the conditions necessary for germination of Orchids
EDP Science Lab: Pollinating and creating our own hybrids
In Endeavour, we believe in educating our students the importance of protecting our natural environment and biodiversity. Thus, we participate in the Green Wave to educate our pupils the need to keep Singapore green and vibrant.
The learning of Science takes place beyond the classrooms and school where pupils’ curiosity about our world of living things is stimulated through experiential journeys:
Science Learning Journeys may serve as either an enrichment programme or directly relevant to the Science Syllabus.
Below is a summary of the places which pupils will go in year 2017. More details will be finalised by the respective Science teachers.
|P3||Science Centre (Blast off!)|
|P4||Science Centre (Learning Science with Minecraft)|
(Do note that Learning Journey is subjected to changes every year.)
(Students having a blast off during their learning journey at the Science Centre)
Eco-garden (under-going upgrading renovation in year 2017)
Our eco-garden is made up of a few learning stations:
- Butterfly Trail
- The Eco-Pond and the aquatic plants
- The Fern Paradise
- The Leaf Litter and Rotting
- The Spice and Herbs Garden
- The Wormery
- The Vegetable Yard
- Orchid Shed and nursery
The eco-garden stimulates the curiosity of pupils and provides a space and opportunity for Science exploration while creating an awareness of our need to conserve.
In addition, the vegetable yard is allocated for the eco-guardians to grow the plants with the teacher.
Endeavour’s Eco Guardians are the caretakers of our gardens. They are pupil volunteers from every class fully committed in their responsibilities for the entire year. They undergo training sessions and workshops to better understand their roles, their assigned duties and how to go about carrying out their responsibilities.
Our Eco guardians had their first meeting and training session on 20th January 2016. During this training session they went through a briefing on their duties for the year, and also a familiarisation section on our gardens. They were also introduced to plant care and had a mini lesson on plants and the suitable environments for plants to survive in.
This was followed by a hands-on session with the data logger. The primary 3 to 5 pupils learnt how to use the data logger and had a Primary 6 buddy assigned to them. They took the temperature of the soil in the eco garden and the fern garden to see how different temperatures affect the type of plants growing in that area.
Pupils jotting down their observations at the school garden and pond
Pupils get to learn about vermin-composting by feeding organise waste to a community of worms which in turn breaks them down into two useful products, namely worm castings and worm tea. The worm tea are collected in recycled plastic bottled and is highly sought after as effective natural fertilizers. Moreover, it can also be used as a platform to teach pupils the anatomy and life cycles of invertebrates and inculcate in students the notion of sustainable recycling.
On 23rd March 2016, the primary 4 and primary 5 Eco guardians attended a school-based workshop on vermicomposting. They learnt about earthworms and what they need to survive in order to aid in the composting process in the bins.
The Eco guardians had a hands-on experience in preparing the new worm bins. Some of them were more than happy to dig into the soil and pick up the earthworms, while others squirmed at the thought and helped to prepare the housing instead. Alas, all the pupils had fun.
They were also assigned duties to continue to maintain the worms by ‘drinking’ them and feeding them, as well as collecting the worm tea to be used as fertiliser.
Inches for Pocket Money (Fund Raising Campaign)
Back in 2015, Endeavour Primary school partnered with Young Scientist Reader Pte Ltd for the ‘Inches for Pocket Money’ fund raising campaign. This campaign is collaboration between Young Scientists Reader Pte Ltd and The Straits Times School Pocket Fund division in SPH.
Our pupils had planted some lady’s finger seeds provided by the company within our school compound. During the campaign period, the school submitted photographs of the longest lady’s finger to the company. Young Scientists Pte Ltd then made a donation of $10 to The Straits Times School Pocket Fund for every centimetre achieved. This fund is used to provide some support to the needy pupils in schools.
Following the success that we had in 2015, our school will be embarking on this campaign again. In year 2016, we challenge the chilli plants!
Summary of assessment mode:
There is no CA1 for P3, P4 and P5.
There is no CA2 for P3 and P4.
Alternative assessments are carried out at P3 to P5 levels in Terms 1 and 3.
Science Semester Assessments marks are not added in the overall results for P3 level only.
(For P3 alternative assessments, students are tasked to do a project on classification. Then, they will have a gallery walk to appreciate the good works done by other P3 students.)