Science Instructional Programme
The Nanyang Science Instructional Programme aims to develop our pupils holistically in the five domains of education (Moral, Cognitive, Physical, Social and Aesthetics). Activities such as our own initiative, Toys @ Work, enable the usage of key teaching strategies such as Multiple Intelligences as well as Cooperative Learning to be employed in lesson delivery to enhance inquiry-based learning.
Differentiated Instruction strategies focus on stretching each pupil’s special talent to as high a level as they could reach. Besides the Gifted Education (GE) classes, high ability (HAL) pupils in the mainstream identified by the P3 Screening Test are exposed to more challenging curriculum from P4 onwards. The school also conducts the Excellence 2000 (E2K) programme. This is a Science Enrichment Programme rolled out by MOE for HAL pupils who specifically excel in Science.
In the Classroom
Toys@Work is a unique Programme in Nanyang for the teaching and learning of Science through the use of toys. It is also a Multiple Intelligences teaching strategy that our Science teachers are expected to employ as there are designated Toys@Work activities to be completed for each level in a year. These lessons enable the pupils to have hands-on experience in deriving Scientific concepts to be covered in the syllabus by playing with toys. They also get the opportunity to design and create their own toys to demonstrate the same concept learnt, hence allowing them to also display their creativity.Teachers also incorporate hands-on activities whenever it is required in the Activity Book. The pupils work in groups of about 5 to carry out these activities to allow for opportunity for them to collaborate, communicate and present their findings to the class. Each class is scheduled to use one of the three Science Rooms for hands-on activities at least once a week.
Apart from the Science textbooks and workbooks, the Science teacher has a series of topical notes and template questions based on our own examination questions to complement the books in order to enhance content delivery.
Science Nova allows pupils to have fun while their practical skills are being assessed and their performance for this alternative assessment does not contribute to the overall score of SA1 or SA2. Less emphasis on test scores makes learning less stressful.
In 2014, our Outdoor Experiential Learning (OEL) area was completed and will provide a conducive venue for the pupils to conduct self-directed, authentic learning experience while learning the concepts taught in their respective levels. The school also conducts outdoor learning trails for the pupils to enable them to observe the living organisms in their natural habitat and to observe their interactions with the environment.
The Science Immersion Programme in Shanghai (started in 2008) provide pupils with the experience of being immersed in a Chinese learning environment while learning Science at the hosting school - ‘Shanghai Fudan-Vanke Experimental Private School’. This programme also includes homestay with the families of their buddies. The pupils get to participate in activities and visit places of interest related to Science and Technology as well as for pupils to learn more about the Chinese culture.
books, magazine and toys fairs are also organized around the year for pupil to
cultivate a love for Science through reading and play.
After school enrichment programmes are provided for pupils who want to enrich themselves beyond the school curriculum. The programmes offered are carefully selected to ensure that they are not similar to those provided by the school.
- Singapore Primary Science Olympiad (NUS High School)
- Raffles Science Olympiad (Raffles Institution)