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Science

Science

Vision

Pupils to develop a life-long interest in Science and apply scientific methods and principles to other disciplines.

Mission

To make the learning of Science exciting, meaningful and relevant.

To nurture and encourage questioning.

Programme Highlights/Enrichment Activities

Inquiry-based Learning

In Unity Primary, Science lessons are conducted using the Inquiry-based approach to harness the power of questioning and reasoning. Our pupils are shown how the products of scientific investigations were derived by scientists and be provided opportunities to: ask questions about knowledge and issues that relate to their daily lives, society and the environment; be actively engaged in the collection and use of evidence; formulate and communicate explanations based on scientific knowledge.

Through inquiry learning, our pupils will be able to acquire knowledge and understanding of their natural and physical world based on investigations, apply the skills and processes of inquiry and develop attitudes and values that are essential to the practice of science.

Experiential Learning

Apart from classroom learning, our pupils also have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning such as through learning journeys and enrichment workshops. The school has also digitised our eco-garden to enable our pupils can find out more the diversity of plants whether rain or shine. Using interactive tools, pupils can learn about the characteristics of plants and engaged in mini quizzes to consolidate their learning.

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Learning Journeys

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Competitions & Olympiads (on left) & Science & Green Clubs (on right)

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The philosophy behind the Teacher Content, Competency & Capacity enHancement Programme is based on a (triangle-based) pyramid. A pyramid is a very stable structure that can withstand the test of time. As such, the department aims to build up on the 3 cornerstones of Content, Capacity and Competency of our staff. This will then enable our students to reach the peak of Excellence.

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Similarly, the department believes that Teachers, Parents and Pupils form a ‘Triumvirate’ that can work in synergy to reach the peak of Excellence. This is done through the Communication of Learning Outcomes, Sharing of Concepts & Misconceptions & Exemplars of Questions & Answers using our C3 Answering Technique.

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L.E.A.P Programme

Learning Science through Exciting Lessons Adaptable for Personal Growth Programme is a programme:

  1. to develop an interest in the learning of Science in P1 and P2
  2. to instil a sense of ownership in the learning of Science,
  3. to close the gap in understanding Science concepts in the students’ later years.

C3 Answering Technique

C3 Answering Technique is the technique used by our students to answer Explain-type Open-ended Questions. Students are taught to identify the Concept, Connection, Conclusion parts of the answer and to structure them into a complete answer.

  • Concept
    • What is/are the concept(s) being tested?
  • Connection
    • What is the context/connection to the question?
  • Conclusion
    • What happens/is the result in the end?

Our Pride and Joy in 2013 – Science

  • Singapore Amazing Flying Machine – Best Time Aloft & Best Range
  • SAMC – Unity’s Innovators (2nd)
  • SAMC – Unity’s Innovators (3rd)

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ScienceWhizz (on left) & AbbottAward (on right)

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Young Whizzes Challenge – Silver

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National Water Quiz

(Primary Schools) – 6th (on left) & Raffles Science Olympian – Finalist (on right)

Green@UPS – Litter Picking @ Pang Sua Park

Our students in action with their PCF buddies in keeping our adopted waterway clean.

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Green @UPS – Clean & Green Carnival

Our Green Champions doing their part for the community by sharing green tips to the community at West Mall.

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Green @UPS – Upcycling Crafts

Our Green Champions making fashionable bags from old T-shirts.

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Green @UPS – Upcycling Crafts with PCF

Our Green Champions teaching our PCF buddies to make crafts from recyclable materials.

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Green @UPS – No EAS Day

Students doing their part for No EAS Day to understand the work and appreciate the help that our school attendants give to ensure a clean and conducive environment for learning to take place.

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Green@UPS – Green Wave

School Leaders leading by example to plant fruit trees during Green Wave activity.

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Green @UPS – Mass Recycling & Estate Collection

Our Green Champions with the Scouts engaging in Mass Recycling and Collection of Recyclables from the community.

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Green@UPS – Youth for Environment Day

Our Green Champions showing their peers the process of making recycled paper.

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Green@UPS – Making Bubbles

Using our home-made organic detergent, our students conduct an inquiry on whether bubbles, apart from round ones, can be made.

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Green @UPS – National Geographic

Our partnership with National Geographic brought in the Nat Geo Explorer Bus where students can have an up-close and personal encounter with plants.

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Green@UPS – Pioneer Junior College

Students from Pioneer Junior College come over to set up information booths and games stalls so that thru play, our students can learn more about conserving the environment.

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Green@UPS – Estate Collection

Through estate collection of recyclables, our students learn to be more active in the green movement within their community.

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Assessment

The department adopts a variety of assessment modes to assess our pupils learning. Apart from the pen and pencil examinations, pupils are also assess through formative assessments and practical test.

Our table of specification for examination papers is based on a spiral approach where pupils are constantly being tested on concepts they have learnt previously but at a higher level of difficulty. This helps to prepare them for PSLE where they will be tested on concepts from both the Upper and Lower Block. This also helps them to integrate concepts from different themes in order to answer cross thematic and higher-order thinking questions.

Download P1 – P6 Science Assessment

References

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