Our school’s Science curriculum is designed according to the MOE’s C2015 Science Curriculum Framework on the basis of the Scientific Inquiry Approach and to ensure the scope of study is in line with the national and international demands and fulfils the objectives of the syllabuses. We aim to develop independent and critical thinking skills, positive attitudes and curiosity toward science and increase achievement in the subject content, through different levels of inquiry-based learning. It is necessary for us to equip students with the essential knowledge and skills of the various science subjects, not only to gain an understanding of concepts, but also to remember them for life and apply them to real-life situations. Our teaching processes emphasize student involvement, multiple ways of knowing and sequential phases of cognition and students learn through student-derived investigations that are more relevant and meaningful.
Assessment plays a critical role in the classroom as a measurement and evaluative tool for tracking what and how well students have learned. We use a systemic approach with a range of assessments with varied questions and tasks that complement one another to yield information that can guide the decisions of teachers and policymakers. Formative assessments and Assessment for Learning guide teachers and students in determining how students are progressing so that instructional decisions and adjustments to classroom instruction based upon the needs of the students can be made. In return, students are also provided valuable feedback on their own learning. Summative assessments and Assessment of Learning are used to measure, record and report students’ level of achievement in regards to specific stated performance / learning expectations that articulate what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. We also promote self and peer assessments as Assessment as Learning to allow students a chance to set their own personal goals and advocate for their own learning, to reflect on their own learning and identify areas of strength and need, so as to further their own learning.
Science Enrichment Programmes
Apart from the school curriculum, SACSS offers various activities to enrich our student’s experience in secondary science education. Specially designed programmes incorporating a variety of pedagogical practices have been put in place to inculcate a spirit of inquiry and ethical norms to create the scientists of tomorrow.
Science Research Programme
Introduced by the Science Department, the Science Research Programme caters to the more capable Science students to stretch them to go beyond the syllabuses of the Science subjects. The programme aims to expose students to research as well as nurture values and a positive attitude for scientific inquiry. The setting up of the Science Research Laboratory (SRL) aims to provide a space with well-equipped facilities for the conduct of school-initiated Science Research Projects under the mentorship of our teachers. At the lower secondary levels, four research modules allow the students to acquire essential research skills, from learning to handle laboratory equipment and preparing literature for review in Secondary 1 and progressing to acquire advanced skills such as data processing and oral presentation in Secondary 2. At the upper secondary levels, hands-on experience in research projects is facilitated. Selected projects by Secondary 3 students will be submitted for competition in the East Zone Science Fair, Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) and Singapore Shell Science Fair the following year when the students are in Secondary 4. The senior students are also given the opportunity to organise school-based Science-related activities such as the Annual Science Research Symposium.
To inculcate the competitive spirit in our students, we also select and train our students for various competitions such as the International Biomedical Olympiad, the National Microbiology Competition, the IgNITE Science Challenge and the Powered Vehicle Competition, whenever opportunities arise so as to stretch our students’ potentials to the fullest and to expose them to knowledge beyond the syllabuses.
An Extended Learning Environment
To expand teaching and learning beyond the confines of the classroom, ‘borderless classrooms’, have been created thereby bringing lessons out into the field. The Greenery@SACSS programme is a whole school-approach providing a sense of seasonal change that enhances the visual transformation of the school’s scene and provides vibrancy to students’ lives. By bringing nature to the school, the Evolutionary Ecological Trail provides a strategic location to educate students on how life evolves and exposes students to different life forms that thrived in different periods of time. Through the Medicinal (Herbal) Garden, students learn about plants with different medicinal values, of which some have been used from generation to generation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda. The Ornamental (Edible Yard, Spices and Senses, Food Crops) Garden is an outdoor classroom that teaches students how to grow their own food and become stewards of the land. The Science Playground behind the laboratories provides a place where Science comes alive while students have fun using the equipment. With the establishment of the Festival Courtyard, students would have more choices of study areas out in the simulated tropical rainforest. To unify both indoor and outdoor learning experiences, and to integrate research work into gardening, the Hydroponics green house was constructed using the Autopots cultivation system. The Autopot system offers students an inter-disciplinary, authentic learning experience that ranges from experimentation to real world problem-solving. Research work will be conducted in the nursery and successfully cultured plants are propagated in the gardens. With the addition of these facilities, we hope to provide a more uniquely diverse and enriching learning experience for students.
Teacher Training and Development
Teacher-training and professional development of science teachers is another thrust area, to upkeep our teachers’ knowledge and skills to become competent professionals to educate our students effectively.
Science Week Activities
Information on Science Week Activities is now available. Click on this link.