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The Science Department has a strength of 14 trained teachers and 3 support staff. The department is led by Mr Hisham Zainal, as the Head of Department, and assisted by Ms Cheryl Cheong as the Subject Head for Science.


OUR TEACHERS

PHYSICS UNIT
Mr Hisham Bin Zainal
HOD / Science
hisham_zainal@moe.edu.sg
Mr Goh Wei Beng
School Staff Developer (SSD)
goh_wei_beng@moe.edu.sg
Mr Foo Chin Wei
Year Head (Sec 2)
foo_chin_wei@moe.edu.sg
Ms Yap Xiao Ting
SCP 2IC (Physics) /  NT Science Coordinator
yap_xiao_ting@moe.edu.sg
Ms Lee Leng Hong, Levon lee_leng_hong_levon@moe.edu.sg
Mr Lim Ghim Siang lim_ghim_siang@moe.edu.sg
Mr Liau Gao Fu gao_fu_liau@moe.edu.sg
CHEMISTRY UNIT
Ms Cheryl Cheong
SH/Science/Science Co-curricular
Programme (SCP) OIC
cheong_xinni_cheryl@moe.edu.sg
Ms Yiew Qifang Daphne
Year Head (Upper Sec)
yiew_qifang_daphne@moe.edu.sg
Mr Victor Lee Meng Wah
ST / Science Education
lee_meng_wah@moe.edu.sg
Ms Lin Li Yi
SCP 2IC (Chemistry)
lin_liyi@moe.edu.sg
Ms Low Xin Yu low_xin_yu@moe.edu.sg
Mr Liau Gao Fu lin_liyi@moe.edu.sg
BIOLOGY UNIT
Mdm Wang Jieying Clara
HOD / ICT & Data Management
wang_jieying_clara@moe.edu.sg
Ms Lydia Bte Salim
Lower Secondary Biology Coordinator/ 
SCP 2IC (Biology)
lydia_salim@moe.edu.sg
Ms Ng Jia Ling, Christine ng_jia_ling_christine@moe.edu.sg
SCIENCE LABORATORY
Ms Teo Mei Lin
Technical Support Officer
teo_mei_lin@moe.edu.sg
Ms Suriati Binte Kardi
Technical Support Officer
suriati_kardi@moe.edu.sg
Ms Linda Chia
Operations Support Officer
chia_siew_ping@moe.edu.sg 

 


PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of science learning in GSS is to instil and inspire the passion and appreciation of science through the wonders of scientific phenomena in an authentic, practical and experiential setting. With reference to the National Science curriculum framework, inquiry is central to science learning in GSS, where the students and teachers collaborate closely to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for Science Education in the 21 st century.

GRSS Science Philosophy

DEPARTMENT CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY

CURRICULUM


GSS adopts the 4E – Expose, Explore, Engage, Extend – approaches to facilitate and implement the progressive and differentiated Science curriculum.

  • Sec 1:  Students are  exposed  to the various aspects of Science through the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Scientific skills, such as observation, experimentation, making hypothesis, analysis, etc, are also taught to the students to further expose and provide a strong fundamental for the students to acquire essential thinking skills, scientific knowledge and attitude.

  • Sec 2:  Students build on their fundamental Science knowledge and skills to further  explore  the various Science disciplines in greater depth and breadth.

  • Sec 3:  Students  engage  themselves in researching and discovering the accurate ways to solve and explain real-life scientific phenomenon.

  • Sec 4 & 5:  Students  extend  their learning to scientific applications within and beyond the formal  syllabus and curriculum, to create deeper and newer understanding of the world     around them.

The lower secondary science curriculum for the express and normal academic students follows a modular structure:

Level / Stream Semester 1 Semester 2

Sec 1 Express Sec 1 Normal Academic

Physics & Biology

Chemistry & Biology

Sec 2 Express Sec 2 Normal Academic

Chemistry & Biology

Physics & Biology


This modular approach at the lower secondary provides a spiral curriculum that builds upon strong Science fundamental knowledge and understanding that facilitates the continuous progression as they subsequently embark on their upper secondary science syllabus, towards the National Examinations.

The Science subjects that we offer at the National Examination:

Subject Level / Stream Examination

Pure Physics

Sec 4 Express

GCE 'O' LEVEL

Pure Chemistry

Sec 4 Express

GCE 'O' LEVEL

Combined Science
(Physics and Chemistry)

Sec 4 Express,
Sec 4 Normal Academic &
Sec 5 Normal Academic

GCE 'O' LEVEL
GCE 'N' LEVEL
GCE 'O' LEVEL

Combined Science
(Chemistry and Biology)

Sec 4 Express

GCE 'O' LEVEL

 NT Science

 Sec 4 normal Technical

GCE 'N' LEVEL


Science Co-curriculum Programmes

The GSS Science Co-curricular Programme (SCP) also adopts the 
4E approach of Expose, Explore, Engage and Extend , that aims to enthuse and enhance Greenridgeans’ love for Science. SCP’s key intention is to provide them with a myriad of differentiated authentic Science learning experience and scientific inquiry activities, which are beyond their classroom and an extension to the academic syllabuses.


Mass Programme:

Annual GSS Science Carnival

Differentiated Programme:
Sec 1 (Expose) – Science Learning Journey, Cluster Science Enrichment Day
Sec 2 (Explore) – Ecological Studies Learning Journey, Cluster Science Enrichment Day
Sec 3 (Engage) – Coastal Studies Learning Journey, Science Symposiums, Science competitions
Sec 4 & 5 (Extend) – Science Seminars, Science competitions



PEDAGOGY

In alignment to the National Science curriculum framework and the inherent nature of Science learning through inquiry, we adopt a guided-inquiry approach to the Teaching and Learning of Science in GSS. This includes the acquisition of Knowledge, Skills and Attitude in Science through practical sessions, authentic application and making thinking visible using Thinking Routines.

There is also an emphasis of Science Concept Learning through the Disciplinary Literacy approach where the teachers and students ‘behave like a scientist’ throughout the learning process. This means that they consistently observe, question, think, articulate and write using the precise terms and/or accurate illustrations when describing the various scientific concepts, akin to a scientist. Models, demonstration kits and other manipulatives are used extensively to further provide a tactile learning experience that enhances the students’ understanding and grasp of the science concepts.


DISTINCTIVE DEPARTMENT PROGRAMMES

Programme Objectives

Annual GSS Science Carnival


Sec 1 (Expose) – Science Learning Journey, Cluster Science Enrichment Day
Sec 2 (Explore) – Ecological Studies Learning Journey, Cluster Science Enrichment Day
Sec 3 (Engage) – Coastal Studies Learning Journey, Science Symposiums, Science competitions

Sec 4 & 5 (Extend) – Science Seminars, Science competitions

The GSS Science Co-curricular Programme (SCP) also adopts the 4E approach of Expose, Explore, Engage and Extend, that aims to enthuse and enhance Greenridgeans’ love for Science. SCP’s key intention is to provide them with a myriad of differentiated authentic Science learning experience and scientific inquiry activities, which are beyond their classroom and an extension to the academic syllabuses. 




HOMEWORK AND ASSESSMENT POLICY

HOMEWORK ASSESSMENT

Homework will be assigned to the students after each lesson or at appropriate intervals during the coverage of a chapter or sub-chapter.

They will be in the form of post-lesson assigned worksheets and/or selected questions from the Ten-Year-Series assessment book

All worksheets are to be kept in the subject file in chronological order.

Core worksheets are printed and purchased by students at the start of the year or semester. Supplementary worksheets will be handed out based on progressive assessment and identification of the students’ learning needs and identified learning gaps.

Knowledge with Understanding Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in relation to:

1. scientific phenomena, facts, laws, definitions, concepts, theories;

2. scientific vocabulary, terminology, conventions (including symbols, quantities and units contained in ‘Signs, Symbols and Systematics 16-19’, Association for Science Education, 2000);

3.scientific instruments and apparatus, including techniques of operation and aspects of safety;

4.scientific quantities and their determination;

5.scientific and technological applications with their social, economic and environmental implications.  

The subject content defines the factual knowledge that candidates may be required to recall and explain. Questions testing those objectives will often begin with one of the following words: define, state, describe, explain or outline. (See the Glossary of Terms.


Handling Information and Solving Problems Students should be able – in words or by using symbolic, graphical and numerical forms of presentation – to:

1. locate, select, organise and present information from a variety of sources;
2. translate information from one form to another;
3. manipulate numerical and other data;
4.use information to identify patterns, report trends and draw inferences;
5. present reasoned explanations for phenomena, patterns and relationships;
6.make predictions and propose hypotheses;
7. solve problems.


Experimental Skills & Investigations

Students should be able to:
1. follow a sequence of instructions;
2. use techniques, apparatus and
    materials;
3. make and record observations,
    measurements and estimates;
4. interpret and evaluate observations
    and experimental results;
5. plan investigations, select  
    techniques, apparatus and materials;
6. evaluate methods and suggest
    possible improvements.