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
Knowledge Building / Knowledge Forum
In Endeavour Primary, we harness the use of technologies to enhance students’ learning of Science. Knowledge Forum is an online platform that supports the process of Knowledge Building whereby students have the opportunity to contribute, share and reorganize knowledge and eventually ‘rise above’ to new understandings through collaborative discussions.
Through this approach, it encourages self-directed learning and develops students’ SEL competencies. The quantity and quality of the students’ responses are reflections of the students’ interest in the subject as well as what they have learnt.
The upper primary students use the google classroom via McOnline platform to conduct research and collaborate with their classmates. Teachers may also use other Google apps such as google slides and spreadsheets to conduct the lessons at the computer laboratories.
There are performance-based assignments for different levels which provide opportunities for students to reinforce what they have learnt collaboratively. Below is a summary of the assignments for various levels.
|Term 1||Term 3||Term 4|
|P3||Collection and Classification Project||Growing Vegetables||–|
|P4||Experiment Design||Construction of an ice-box||–|
|P5||Electricity Project; Construction of a house||Construction of cell models||–|
|P6||–||Research on Environment issues||Video production on Magic in Science|
(Every child a seed – video produced by a P3 student)
(An example of a video produced by P6 students)
Hands-on activities during lessons
Students have many opportunities to explore scientific concepts through hands-on activities. The practical sessions which are conducted mostly at the Science laboratories are safe for all students to carry out. Teachers generally use the 5E approach (Engage – Explore – Explain- Elaborate – evaluate ) to conduct inquiry-based learning. Sometimes, the teacher will carry out a class demonstration for selected activities.
ENHANCING SCIENTIFIC LITERACY
In Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study, Scientific Literacy is defined as the ability to understand the characteristics of science and the significance of science in our modern world, to apply scientific knowledge, identify issues, describe scientific phenomena, draw conclusions based on evidence, and the willingness to reflect on and engage with scientific ideas and subjects. (source from https://www.pisa.tum.de/en/domains/scientific-literacy/ ).
Students need to acquire the language of Science to be specific in their scientific explanations. Thus, customised packages and thinking frame (Concept- Cause and Effect) are developed for specific topics to provide students with the language to understand and explain scientific phenomena.
ENRICHMENT AND LEARNING JOURNEY
The learning of Science takes place beyond the classrooms and school where students’ curiosity about our world of living things is stimulated through experiential learning journeys. Science Learning Journeys reinforce or extend students’ learning of Science in school. Below is a summary of the programmes which students will participate in 2018. More details will be finalised by the respective Science teachers.
|Level||Learning Journey / Enrichment|
|P2||Science at work! (during curriculum)|
|P4||Trip to vegetable farm|
|P6||Magic in Science (during curriculum)|
|Eco-guardians||Hydroponics workshop (DRF)
Food waste management workshop
(Do note that the above Learning Journeys/enrichment programmes are subjected to changes every year. Unless stated otherwise, the programmes are conducted after curriculum hours)
OH! At Endeavour (Orchid Hybridisation! @ Endeavour)
P5 students 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 to how our students improve and innovate on existing breeds of orchids. In addition, students will learn the proper ways to take care of orchids and have the opportunity to monitor the growth of orchids in our school.
In line with the P5 Science topic on the Reproduction of Flowering Plants, students go through one session of Orchid Hybridisation Enrichment Lesson conducted by Orchidville. The objective of the workshop is to impart students higher order skills (HOTS) through involving them in the growing, selection and creation of hybrids and registration of Orchid hybrids.
At the end of the lessons, students 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
(Students having a blast off during their learning journey at the Science Centre)
Endeavour’s Eco-guardians are the caretakers of our gardens and ALeZ. They are student volunteers from every class who are fully committed to their responsibilities for the entire year. They undergo training sessions and workshops to better understand their roles, 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 have 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 terrariums. Eco-guardians will undergo a lesson prior to designing and constructing their own terrarium. Upon completion, they get to bring home the terrariums.
Aquatic Learning Corner (ALeZ)
ALeZ was constructed at the last quarter of the 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 students 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.
Students can also participate in the termly quiz found at the Notice Board found beside ALeZ.
In 2018, the students embarked on a journey to grow vegetables using the Dynamic Root Floating (DRF) technique. The first harvest was a success!
The upgrading of the Eco-garden was completed in early Term 2, 2018. It comprises the following learning stations:
- Orchid Shed
- Insect enclosure
- The Eco-Pond and the aquatic plants
- The Fern Paradise
- The Leaf Litter and Rotting log
- The Spice and Herbs (for volunteers only)
- The Wormery (under maintenance)
- The flowering plants
The eco-garden stimulates the curiosity of students and provides a space and opportunity for Science exploration while creating an awareness of our need to conserve.
The spice and herbs are grown in planters by some of the upper block students. They are students who volunteer to adopt and take care of the plants in the planters. In addition, some students will have the opportunities to germinate different seeds and grow them in the garden as well.
Beside the eco-guardians on duty, some students will also have the opportunities to feed the aquatic animals during their recess.
COMPETITIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Students love competitions so they enjoy participating in various Science competitions organized by other schools. The Singapore Science Centre or other agencies provide our students with an opportunity to transfer their learning into action, given each competitive situation.
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 students the need to keep Singapore green and vibrant.