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ALPS Science and Enviromental Awareness Programme


  • Objectives 
            
              Teaching and Learning to incorporate Scientific Inquiry, Knowledge and Reasoning to foster                              collaborative teamwork in the learning of Science 
              Nurturing the ALPS student to be a global citizen who is knowledgeable and inspired to take                              responsibility for the environment.

  • What is Science Learning in ALPS?
          
              Learning in Science is both the learning of Science content and concepts as well as acquiring process                skills, scientific inquiry and reasoning. We strive to cater to the latter to develop analytical and                          thinking skills in our students. Through the use of the science journaling, investigative practical                        activities and learning journeys, students are supported and developed in the learning of science                       process skills. Skills like observing, predicting and analyzing are key components of science inquiry.

  • 3e Approach

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  • Programmes

    (A) Teaching and Learning Programmes

     A-1      Experiential Learning

                Science learning in ALPS centres on inquiry and discovery. With this core principle, science learning                    can take the form experiments or out of classroom experiences to peg the interest of the students.


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     A-2     Science Investigation in Action (SIA)

                 

               The SIA is used as platform for teachers to evaluate the acquisition of process skills. Through the use                  of rubrics, teachers are able to give specific feedback on the attainment of process skills through a 3-                  rating structure of ‘Competent’, ‘Developing’ and ‘Novice’. Each child will complete the activity at each                   station within a stipulated time frame before moving on to the next one. There are 3 stations for the                       students to complete. Each station is based on a topic in the syllabus and evaluates specific skills.


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Skills evaluation

    A-3     Use of ICT in the Learning of Science

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     A-4    Science Journal

               To allow students to:
           •   build on their prior knowledge, readings or classroom experiences to relate to their Science                                   investigation
           •   develop conceptual knowledge
           •   become more aware of their own learning and what they can do to self- direct it

             The Science Journal introduces a scientist that each student will learn in each level. For P3, Jane                         Goodall, an accomplished conservationist is adopted while Archimedes is the scientist of choice in P4 as              the first topic is on properties of matter. Teachers prepare specific materials to be included in the journal               such as science drawing of leaves, cross-section of an orange, fish and comparisons of animals using                  pictures.

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    (B) Environmental Education

     B-1     The ALPS Green Challenge 

                This annual event is formulated on the principle that an ALPS student can be a:
                 Creative Green Planeteer by Reusing
                 Inventive Green Planeteer by Repurposing
                 Responsible Green Planeteer by Reusing
 
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              As part of our Environmental Education, we have planned tasks for students to design and create useful               objects by Reusing and Repurposing paper products. Primary 1 students are tasked to repurpose the                  cores of toilet roll or kitchen roll. Primary 2 students are tasked to repurpose other paper products. In                  this way, P1 and P2 students are introduced at a young age to the concepts of reusing and repurposing               as a starting point of their environmental education.

             The students’ submissions are evaluated using the following criteria:

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       B-2    Commemoration of Environment Events

 

                 In order to raise the awareness of our students to environmental issues, the department plans for                         certain events to be commemorated in ALPS. Not only will participation in the planned activities                             help to develop a sense of regard for the environment, it helps to highlight their commitment to be                         responsible global citizens with a stake in conserving the environment.

                 World Water Day

                The event was commemorated with an assembly talk followed by recess activities in the form of board                  games and posters to highlight the need to be responsible for water usage.

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              Earth Day

               Earth Day is not as well-known as its cousin ‘Earth Hour’. It is a thematic annual event that                                   demonstrates and promotes environmental awareness and calls for the protection of the earth. The                       activities for this meaningful event is planned based on the theme for the year. In 2016, the theme was                'Trees for the Earth’. In line with the theme, an assembly talk was conducted to promote environmental                awareness. P1 and P2 students were asked to make a pledge that they can embed into a pot of soil at                 home. P3 students were given a planting kit to grow at home.

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              Clean Plate Campaign 

               An ALPS student is taught that reducing food waste is an important virtue. Each child is taught to be                    responsible enough to finish any food that they brought along or purchased during recess. They are                     asked to clean their food scrapes into a pail before returning their cutlery to the right places. We have                   appointed Food Ambassadors in the upper primary levels to serve as role models and help to monitor                   food wastage during recess.

                 In 2016, ALPS participated in the Food for the Heart Clean Plate Campaign for the first time and came                  in fourth in a field of 35 participating schools. The result speaks well of the value embedded in our                         students.

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    (C)    Design Thinking in Science

              ALPS Toymaker Programme    

             The ALPS Toymaker Programme provides an opportunity for students to apply Design Thinking                             principles in creating their toys, especially prototyping. The event is opened to all ALPS students who are              encouraged to submit their creations. These are then shortlisted and judged using a set of criteria based             on the Sony Creative Science Award. Winners will have their creation submitted for the Sony Creative                 Science Award. Certificates are given out to participants.

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    (D) Achievements

                As a new department in ALPS, having being established in 2016, we are proud to report the following                    achievements.

                (i) Sony Creative Science Award                           

                 Most shortlisted toys – WhizKid Category 
                 1st prize – WhizKid Category 
                 Commendation Award- WhizKid Category
                   Merit Award - ScizKid P1 & P2 

                (ii) Clean Plate Campaign

                    4th place for the Clean Plate Campaign among 35 participating schools. 
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                (ii) Green Award (Singapore Environment Council)

                 Palm Award 

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