Inspiring Curiosity, Inquiring like Scientists, Innovating to Serve Science
To nurture self-directed learners who are curious, inquiring like Scientists, and a passion to apply Science to serve the community.
Key Approaches to bring about Science Vision of Inspiring Curiosity, Inquiring like Scientists, Innovating to Serve
Inspire (Excite) – Dazhong Science believes in promoting students’ natural curiosity, by providing opportunities for students to enjoy the learning of Science, by seeing relevance to everyday phenomena, and meaning in how Science is applied to solve global challenges.
Students learn to be Aware of Science around us, through Experiential Learning such as outdoor trails, Assembly Programmes, and Recess Activities.
Dazhong’s green areas are engineered for self-directed learning (Eco-Garden, Eco-Pond, Inspiration Space, Butterfly Garden, Dazhong Sky Garden, Aeroponics (http://for.edu.sg/aeroponics) to serve as the 3rd teacher to allow appreciation and learning of nature around us.
Students learn how current affairs are linked to Science concepts that they learn, for example how reused incineration ash and landfill trash could be used in reclamation for Tuas Port.
Inquire (Engage) – Experiences are provided in the spirit of scientific inquiry, for students to observe, and evaluate claims and ideas critically based on evidence.
Dazhong Science uses the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach, where students do hands-on experiments (Concrete) before linking it to theory in the form of diagrams and words (Pictorial and Abstract)
As part of Inquiry, the Predict-Observe-Explain frame is used to actively engage students in the scientific process.
Plus-Minus-Interesting is a routine used to stretch students’ critical thinking: e.g. What if everything in the world was waterproof? (Plus) What would be good about it? (Minus) What would be bad about that? (Interesting) Anything interesting that would result?
Dazhong Science has a Blended Inquiry approach, where Info-Comms-Technology (ICT) is blended with hands-on experiments to enhance the learning experience. For example, students are equipped with iPads as they go on a nature learning trail, and they can scan the QR Code of Info-Tags in our Eco-Garden to find out more about the Plants.
Innovate (Evaluate) – After being Inspired, and learning through Inquiry, students are then encouraged to apply science to generate creative solutions to solve real-world problems.
Science of Total Defence: Students learn about the Science of Singapore’s 6 Pillars of Total Defence, with the theme of “Together, We Keep Singapore Strong” against the Covid pandemic, and Awareness of the Causes and Effects of Climate Change, how they can take Action as a Concerned Citizen, and being serving leaders by Advocating for others to do their part. Recess booths showed different aspects of Science and Technology in Total Defence, including Upcycled materials for creative toys, and even an interactive Thermal Camera booth.
Students use scientific concepts they have learnt to create models and toys to demonstrate.
Students with greater interest and aptitude in Science are given opportunities to further their learning, such as through E2K Science, the NUS High Science Oratorical Competition, and the Singapore Primary Science Olympiad.
Peaks of Excellence
Abbott Young Scientist Award 2020, 2021, 2022 – Awarded to students for passion in
Science research and communication.
NUS High Oratorical Challenge 2021 – “Merit” Award by Tran Au Lam Lucy for
“Wearable Tech” (https://youtu.be/Ywj_comPdJw) and “Commendation” Award by Chen
Rui Fan (https://youtu.be/UdPsgrM5SXA) for “Animal Rights”
Singapore Primary Science Olympiad 2021 Achievement of 3 Bronze, and 3 Merit, 2022 Achievement of 4 Merit
2021 Feature by MOE on Dazhong’s use of Thermal Cameras to teach Science
2021 Feature by MOE on Dazhong’s Environmental Education
Sembcorp Green Wave Competition – 2021: 2nd Place (Environmon: Waste Management Card Game) 2022: 2nd Place (Let’s Do the Light Thing!)
National Youth Upcycling Movement – 2021: Gold Award, 2022: Silver Award
Sustainable South West 2021 and 2022
Green Schools @ South West 2021
NParks ‘Gold’ Achievement Band for the Community in Bloom Award 2021
‘Outstanding Educational Community Garden’ Achievement Ribbon 2021
SEC-Starhub ‘Yellow Flame’ 2021 and 2022
Student Eco-Champs collaborated with NParks for their Science Communication for Community in Nature Ambassadors Programme, called “Nature through Drama 2021”