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Teaching Staff


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01/ Mr Lim Yiu Tian
HOD Science
Physics
02 / Ms Melissa Chan Kar Mun
HOD Character & Citizenship Education
Chemistry

  03 /
Ms Zhang Zhi Hui, Orry
Year Head 1
Chemistry
English Literature

04/ Ms Ho Liyi
Subject Head, Science
Chemistry

05 /
Mr Huzaini Bin Alwi
Subject Head, ICT 
Physics
Mathematics

  06 /
Ms Salinah Zhu
Subject Head, Student Management
Physics

07/ Mr Alvin Liew Shao Chuan
Teacher
Chemistry

08 / Ms Ang Geok Xing
Teacher
Biology
Mathematics
  09 /
Ms Kek Poh Khee
Teacher
Chemistry

10/ Ms Pui Li Xian
Teacher
Biology

11 / Ms Ng Ling Yee Domina
Teacher
Biology
English Language

  12 /
Ms Juliana Binte Adaham
Teacher
Chemistry

13/ Ms Ridzwana Begum
Teacher
Biology
Chemistry

14 / Mr Hong Guangyu William
Teacher
Chemistry
Mathematics

 
Mr Chua Wang Zhi
Teacher
Physics
Mathematics



Overview


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Subjects Offered

      • Express
        • Biology
        • Chemistry
        • Physics
        • Science (Phy/Chem)
        • Science (Phy/Bio)
        • Science (Chem/Bio)
      • Normal (Academic)
        • Science (Phy/Chem)
        • Science (Chem/Bio)
        • Normal (Technical)
      • Normal (Technical)
        • Lower Secondary Science
        • Upper Secondary Science



Curriculum and Framework


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The Science Curriculum Framework is derived from the Policy Framework for the Teaching and Learning of Science. It encapsulates the thrust of science education in Singapore to prepare our students to be sufficiently adept as effective citizens, able to function in and contribute to an increasingly technologically-driven world.                                      

In line with the framework of learning Science as an inquiry subject, our department organises a series of enrichment activities to stimulate students' interest and inquisitiveness towards Science. Refer to our programme in the next tab for more details.

Learning Space (Science Discovery Lab)

The Science Discovery Lab; a place for learning of Science which is enhanced by the conducive environment for collaborative learning on top of the ICT tools available to support ICT based inquiry learning.

We would like our students to find joy in learning, grow and develop in the area of Science in a setting where working together is the norm and Science is the vehicle that spurs thinking.

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Programme

Achievements

Unit Competition Achievement Year
Biology
National Junior Biology Olympiad Chloe Chua Qiao Lin 4E1 - Bronze Award
Koh You Li Erika 4E1 - Bronze Award
Chloe Teh Shi Ying 4E2 - Bronze Award
2022
BiologyNational Junior Biology Olympiad  Yeo Yu Xuan Dazzel 4E1 - Gold Award
Tan Ching Thee Royce 4E1 - Bronze Award
2021
Science Applied Sciences ProgrammeParticipation 2021
Science Scientific Inventive ThinkingParticipation 2021
Science Singapore Youth Science Fair Certificate of Accomplishment2021
Science Ignite Skills Challenge Team Gold Award2021
Science ICAS (Science) Distinction (3), Merit (2), Credit (2)2021
Biology National Junior Biology Olympiad  Joshua 4E1- Silver 2019
Chemistry  ANCQ Competition   Participation 2019
Chemistry National Junior Chemistry Olympiad  Participation 2019
Chemistry Paul Science Quiz (ANCQ) Joshua 4E1- Silver 2019
Physics National Junior Physics Olympiad  Honourable Mention - Main (3)
Honourable Mention - Open Category (1)
2019
Science The BIG Science Competition  High Distinction (1),
Distinction (1),
Credit (1)
2019
Science  ICAS (Science)  Distinction (1), Merit (2), Credit (7) 
2019
 Science Nanyang Polytechnic Science and Technology Challenge   - 2019




Activities 2022



Post-Weighted Assessment (WA2) – Sec 1 Lower Secondary Science Integrative Activity

Our Secondary 1 students extended their classroom learning on concepts learnt in Diversity of Materials using Separation Techniques by engaging in an integrative activity. Students were given a problem scenario in which they had to exercise their problem-solving skills of looking for potable water after losing freshwater supply due to a storm.

They had to research for causes of water pollution and common pollutants found in water. After that, they had to submit a group summary of their findings on Padlet that was embedded in the SLS package. Students were then required to design and create a water purification device using a given set of materials such as gauze, gravel, cotton wool, pebbles, sand and an empty mineral water bottle.

Our Secondary 1 students exhibited great creativity and critical thinking through the modifications made using these items provided. They had to determine the suitable materials for the water purification device as well as identify and explain the factors that affect the effectiveness of the water purification device. Once all the materials have been placed inside the inverted water bottle, it is time to test out their devices, using dirty water.

The way or sequence in which the materials are arranged actually determines the effectiveness of the filtration results! The purification devices are then judged based on how clear the resultant water comes out of the purification device at the end by comparing it with a turbidity disc.

The purification process was then filmed by the students using their smartphones and subsequently uploaded as videos onto a second padlet embedded onto the SLS package. Some of the groups whose filters worked quite well were also being invited to the front of the lab to share their design with the rest of the classes, thereby promoting collaborative learning amongst the students. 

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Activities 2021



Singapore Junior Biology Olympiad (SJBO) 2021

The Singapore Junior Biology Olympiad (SJBO) provides a platform for Secondary 3 to 4 students to challenge themselves further in the area of Biology, and is an initiative built on their strong grasp on fundamentals. SJBO gives students a foretaste of the Singapore Biology Olympiad as well as the International Biology Olympiad. As such, SJBO focuses on critical thinking skills as applied to Biology, and it is with the aim that students develop a holistic culture and passion in learning and applying Biology in their lives.

For this year, all the Secondary 3 and Secondary 4 Pure Biology students participated in the Singapore Junior Biology Olympiad. The competition comprises a theory round for all students. The theory round, consisting of multiple choice, true-false and short answer questions, was conducted online on 19 May 2021.

Yeo Yu Xuan Dazzel received the Gold Award while Tan Ching Thee Royce received the Bronze Award in the Singapore Junior Biology Olympiad 2021.

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Science JeWel 2021

1. Applied Sciences Programme

Forensic Science
Students experienced various hands-on forensic activities and were introduced to real-world applications.

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Students learnt about the DNA by constructing DNA models and practiced extracting DNA from a simulated crime scene to identify a criminal. 

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Students did an investigation on how the size of blood splatter correlates to the distance from which the blood fell. Students were introduced to techniques used by forensics scientists for analyzing blood which shed light on how an attack happened at a crime scene.

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Students learned to detect and analyse fingerprints. Students learnt how to extract fingerprints from different surfaces.

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Students were introduced to a case. They worked in groups to gather evidence and deduce who is the perpetrator in the virtual crime. 

Health Sciences
Sessions were conducted via Zoom in which through a series of virtual activities, students were introduced to some ideas relating to viruses, immunology and cardiology.
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Applied Food Sciences and Molecular Gastronomy
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Students carried out an investigation to find out which liquid will keep sliced apples looking the freshest.

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Students put together a meal, utilising spherification, emulsification, suspension and gelification recipes.


2. Scientific Inventive Thinking (with Coding and Programming)
Our Science JeWel students had the opportunity to go through a course led by Duck Learning. During the course, students learned how to code, build, and program robots with different functions.

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Students learned about conditionals and compound conditionals and applied these knowledge to build a safe.

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Students working on their Design Thinking project (Theme: Pollution).

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Samples of students’ final prototypes


Competitions 
Our Science JeWel students had the opportunities to participate in National and International competitions.

Science Jewel Photo 21.jpgOur Secondary 2 students being awarded the Certificate of Accomplishment in Singapore Youth Science Fair 2021.



Post Exam (EYE) – Sec 1 Lower Secondary Science Integrative Activity

Our Secondary 1 students extended their classroom learning on concepts learnt in Diversity of Materials using Separation Techniques by engaging in an integrative activity. Students were then required to create a water purification device using a given set of materials such as gauze, gravel, cotton wool, pebbles, sand and an empty mineral water bottle.

Our Secondary 1 students exhibited great creativity and critical thinking through the modifications made using these items provided. They had to determine the suitable materials for the water purification device as well as identify and explain the factors that affect the effectiveness of the water purification device. Once all the materials have been placed inside the inverted water bottle, it is time to test out their devices, using dirty water.

The way or sequence in which the materials are arranged actually determines the effectiveness of the filtration results! The purification devices are then judged based on how clear the resultant water comes out of the purification device at the end by comparing it with a turbidity disc. The purification process was then filmed by the students using their smartphones and subsequently uploaded onto SLS.

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Students are testing out the efficiency of the filter.
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Students are engaged in forming the materials outline of the purification device.
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Students filming the purification process using smartphone.
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Students testing out the device.
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Students enjoying the activity.
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A student preparing the materials for the purification device.
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Students doing and filming the actual purification process.




Ignite Skills Challenge 2021 

Ignite Skills Challenge 2021 is an annual competition that introduces students to technical skills and fosters deeper understanding of courses offered by ITE.

Challenges are designed to be engaging and fun, so as to make learning enjoyable and memorable. There are a total of 15 challenges and participants are required to attend a virtual workshop teaching them on the task, before they explore and perform the task on their own.

A team of three students from 2T2 participated in the ‘Filtraxxion’ challenge, where they were given a task of building a filtration system using natural materials. The virtual workshop gave them a hands-on experience in in building a filtration system and exploring with the different layers of natural materials, like sand, gravel, pebbles.  In the Preliminary round, they managed to build a filtration system with five different layers of natural materials and were judged on two criteria, the flow rate of their filtration system and the clarity of the filtrate. They also created a chatbot messenger to answer common questions about filtration and the filtration system they had created.

In the Final round, they were tasked to create a ‘Filtration learning package’ video to teach their classmates more about filtration and how to build a filtration system. The team achieved a gold award in this competition and had an enriching learning experience.


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Activities 2020

Post Exam (EYE) – Sec 1 Lower Secondary Science Activity

Our Secondary 1 students extended their classroom learning on density, which is to determine the ability of an object to float or sink. Students were then required to construct a boat using a set of materials such as ice cream sticks. Our Secondary 1s exhibited great creativity and critical thinking through the modifications made using other optional items. Once ready, it was time to “float their boat” with as many standard masses possible! The boats were judged according to the maximum amount of mass it can hold and the design of the boats.

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1E1 students are discussing and forming the base of the sail car.

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1E4 students are engaged in forming the shape of the boat.

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1T1 students doing the finishing touches to the boat.

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1N1 students testing out the sail car with the portable fan.

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1E3 students hard at work.

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1E3 students with the final product of the boat.

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Best Team Design

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The winning team from 1N2 with their winning entry.

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1E2’s winning entry.

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The winning group from 1N1.

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Winning entry from 1E4.