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To equip Queenswayans with scientific knowledge and skills to contribute to an increasingly technologically-driven world, and enjoy learning Science.
At the end of 4 years, students should be able to consider scientific issues from multiple perspectives and suggest ethically sound possibilities to address them.
The teaching of Science in Queensway Secondary School is predicated on the use of the inquiry-based approach as a signature pedagogy. Through the use of this approach, students are taught to consider scientific issues from multiple perspectives, and to hold on to the axiom that there may not be a ‘correct answer’ when using Science to solve a real-life problem.
Teachers also often use guiding questions to complement the constructivist approach, allowing students to build their scientific ability and knowledge from basic concepts, and later moving on to more complex ones.
Teaching and learning in the classroom is complemented with a variety of online tasks, which are either assigned through the Student Learning Space (SLS) or through online apps. To illustrate certain concepts, teachers point students to make use of various applets to observe specific scientific phenomena.
A Tier 1 Talent Development Programme is offered for students in Lower Sec who exhibit an interest and an aptitude to learn more about Science. In the Tier 1 programme, students will be given a series of mini-experiments to work on, which would allow them to apply basic scientific concepts to real-world situations.
Students who wish to further their exploration in Science may join the Tier 2 Talent Development Programme in Upper Sec. As part of the Tier 2 programme, students are given opportunities to learn more about coding, and also to be trained to represent the school in national competitions like the National Science Challenge, and the various subject Olympiads. Students who are interested in scientific research may also be given opportunities to collaborate with students from other schools on research projects.
As Science is not just about how much students are able to memorise, assessments tasks and questions focus on whether students are able to apply the concepts that they have learnt to often novel situations described in questions. For students offering Pure Sciences, they are also assessed through the use of data-based questions, where they would have to glean information from a Science-related passage, and answer related questions.
Students are also assessed in their practical skills as part of the course. There are milestone checks on their ability to interpret and execute instructions for a laboratory task, and also whether they are able to correctly use various apparatus in a laboratory setting to obtain a set of results.