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 Science Department 2016

The Science Department aims to provide students with a holistic understanding of the world around them through an inquiry-based approach in teaching and learning of Science.
 
Through the means of Excitement. Exploration. Experience. Excellence, the students perform studies of the physical and natural world using theoretical models and observation that we engage and assist them in their journey of scientific knowledge.

HOD Science – Mr Wesley Cheong

HOD Staff Development – Mr Ng Kok Wing

Year Head (Upper Secondary) – Mr B Prem Anand

Assistant Year Head (Upper Secondary) – Mr Gaddafi

SH Physics – Mr Johnson Tay

Biology Team

Chemistry Team

Physics Team

 MDM LOH JIN YANG (BIO)

MR TIMOTHY CHEN (CHEM)

MS MOK PEI JIUN (PHY)

 MDM NG PEI SEI FLORENCE (NT)

MR GADDAFI

MR WESLEY CHEONG

 MR TIMOTHY NG

MR DAVID PANG

MR B PREM ANAND

 MR TAY JUNLIANG

MS JEEVANA RANI

MR NG KOK WING

 MS LEE MIN HUEY

MDM JARINA BANU

MR JOHNSON TAY (LSS)

MR ANTHONY TANG

MDM TAN PECK HOON

MR CLEMENT NG


Supporting Officers:

TSO  - MDM WONG JUAT NGIOM

OSO – MS YEO LT, NANCY


Teaching of Science

At Mayflower Secondary School, Lower Secondary Science teaching has some characteristics of interest:  

BSCS 5E Inquiry – Learning activities are guided by the 5E approach of Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate as part of fostering inquiry. Many activities involve practical work, and a number are enabled by ICT (instructional computing technology). 

Thematic approach – To encourage interdisciplinary connections, Lower Secondary Science is taught thematically (as opposed to being divided by Biology, Chemistry or Physics).  This is as real-world problems cannot be neatly divided into the individual science disciplines.  The same Science teacher stays with the class throughout the year for continuity and rapport. 

Critical Thinking through Argumentation – Express stream students will be introduced to Toulmin’s Argumentation Pattern and its usage to justify scientific claims using claims and reasons.  Learning through argumentation as a pedagogy has been shown to deepen knowledge of content as learners know not only why the right answer is right, but also why the wrong answer is wrong. 

Learning Journeys – All Lower Secondary students will have the chance to participate in learning journeys, such as the LEGO Education workshop at the Science Centre. 

Study Skills – Research-proven study skills are incorporated.  For example, students are taught mind-mapping for creativity, note-taking and self-revision. Science notebooks are used for Assessment for Learning activities in- and out-of-class. 

Emphasis on Process – Rigor in learning is achieved through higher-order thinking activities and assessments that build learner mastery of processes. Content follows MOE’s Lower Secondary syllabus content in order to ensure developmental appropriateness.


Core to the Lower Secondary Science (2013) syllabus is a spirit of inquiry. It is organized around four themes that span across Biology, Chemistry and Physics disciplines, and provide continuity from upper primary science, as follow:

  • Diversity
  • Models
  • Systems
  • Interactions

 

The 2014 syllabus places emphasis not only on knowledge, understanding, and application, but also on skills and processes.  As part of these processes, learners can expect to (a) engage with events, phenomenon or problems; (b) collect and present evidence; and (c) reason and make meaning of information and evidence.

 In addition, in line with the introduction of the 21st Century Competencies Framework, critical and inventive thinking, as well as communication skills have been foregrounded as important outcomes of the Lower Secondary Science education.

 The full syllabus can be downloaded from the MOE CPDD website at:

 http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/syllabuses/sciences/

 

Upper Secondary Science Combinations

The following Science Combinations are offered.  Please note these are subject to change, based on availability of teachers and demand by students:

Express

Normal (Academic)

a.    Chemistry and Physics (“Pure”)

b.    Chemistry and Biology (“Pure”)

c.    Science (Physics, Chemistry) (“Combined”)

d.    Science (Chemistry, Biology) (“Combined”)

a.    Science (Physics, Chemistry) (“Combined”)

b.    Science (Chemistry, Biology) (“Combined”)

 

Programmes and Events for 2015 - 2016


LEGO Workshop

For Secondary 2 students

 In 2015, all Secondary 2 students had an opportunity to attend a LEGO workshop organised by the Singapore Science Centre. The aim of this workshop was to encourage students to learn about Science through collaborative and experiential learning. They were able to explore first-hand how forces affect motion and the concepts of energy. The students feedback that they enjoyed the experience as they built and investigated powered machines with motors and gearing mechanisms.

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Master builders at work

 

1st Gear: Science of Motor Vehicles

For Secondary 4 NT students

 In 2014 and 2015, our 4NT Science students were exposed to an enrichment programme on The Science Of Motor Vehicles. This programme is designed to bring the excitement of motorsports, the science of motor vehicles and national education into an eye opening experience.

 Besides learning about the workings of a car system ( aligned to 5147 syllabus Option C), students were also given the opportunity to visit a Car Workshop (Auto Spritze Pte Ltd). Through the workshop visit, students learn about the business aspect in running a car workshop and what it involves. In addition, they were also required to use their acquired knowledge from the programme to troubleshoot a problem on car mechanics.

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Learning about the workings of a car system using car models.                          Car Workshop Visit


Lip Balm Making

Integrated Project Work

For their post exam activities project, the Secondary 2 students had a fruitful learning experience in embarking on a Lip Balm making project They were responsible for the production, marketing and consumer testing of their own products. The students were given a standard set of instructions and were given the freedom to customise their own personal lip balm right down to the taste and colour.


Through the Lip Balm experience, the students were allowed to explore the science of chemistry behind the process through experiential learning.


Other Science Events

 

Science Overseas Learning through Inquiry and Discovery (SOLID)

 Kyushu, Japan / Hong Kong

  The SOLID trip is organised bi-annually by the Science Department annually is aimed at nurturing the spirit of Innovation and Enterprise by engaging our students in authentic tasks that ignite their sense of inquiry through experiential learning.

  Emphasising on Character Development and National Education, a group of students and teachers visited Kyushu, Japan in June 2010 and June 2013. They visited many interesting places like the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Genkai Atomic Power Plant, Kitakiyushu Environment Museum, Kitakiyushu Museum of History and Human History, Toyota Car Factory and Yakult Factory.

  Students also had the opportunity to participate in the fixed-net fishing sessions and had a meaningful visit to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park. They also experienced Japanese culture and customs in the form of Tea Ceremonies and visits to Japanese High Schools and Universities.

Hong Kong

  In June 2014, another group of students and teachers had the opportunity to go to Hong Kong  on a combined Science and English Language Overseas Learning Trip. The students visited many places to take in the sights and culture of Hong Kong like the 

Avenue of the Stars, Victoria Peak and Tai O Village. They also had the golden opportunity to visit the South China Morning Post for a private tour.

   Students also learnt a lot of the science of daily life from visits to the Hong Kong Science Museum, a pharmaceutical laboratory and even Disney Land Hong Kong. The students also had an educational and cultural exchange at Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School and St. Francis Xavier's School where they were warmly welcomed.

 

Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) @ Mayflower Secondary School

Enrichment

   The Science Department conducts a CSI programme for the Upper Secondary students to nurture and provide them with a greater appreciation of the larger role of the sciences in our society.

  Through a hands-on experience, students assume the role of an investigation team and are presented a mock crime scene for evidence processing. Utilising knowledge they had learnt in the classroom and applying these skills in practice, students are actively encouraged to use their analytical and critical thinking skills to solve the complex murder case presented to them. After processing the scene, students are also given the opportunity to present their cases to vie for the coveted spot of top CSI Investigation Team.


Scientific Achievements

1. ACJC C.B. Paul Memorial Quiz

 A team of Secondary Three and Four Biology students were given the opportunity of participating in the Anglo-Chinese Junior College’s C.B. Paul Memorial Quiz. This annual science quiz provided a platform for our students to apply textbook knowledge in explaining daily phenomena, enabling them to exercise analytical and critical thinking skills.

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We are proud to congratulate our students for attaining the SILVER award for 2014 and the GOLD award for 2013 together with certificates of Honourable Mention and Participation


Achievements

ACJC 32 nd C.B. Paul Memorial Quiz (2010)

BRONZE award, Certificates of Honourable Mention and Participation

ACJC 33 rd C.B. Paul Memorial Quiz (2011)

GOLD award, Certificates of Honourable Mention and Participation

ACJC 35 th C.B. Paul Memorial Quiz (2013)

GOLD award, MERIT award, Certificates of Honourable Mention and Participation

ACJC 36 th C.B. Paul Memorial Quiz (2014)

SILVER award, Certificates of Honourable Mention and Participation


2. University of New South Wales Global International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (Science)

The science department encourages all Pure Science Secondary Three students to represent Mayflower Secondary in the University of New South Wales International Competition and Assessment (Science) annually.

 We are proud to congratulate our students for the good effort put in and the achievement of two students obtained high distinctions with a perfect score of 40/40 and 39/40.


Achievements

UNSW Global (2011)

1 Distinction, 5 Credits and Participation

UNSW Global (2013)

2 High Distinctions, 13 Credits and Participation

UNSW Global (2015)

2 Distinctions, 6 Merits, 12 Credits and Participation


3. IGNITE Science Challenge (NA/NT)

The IgNITE Science Challenge is a competition made available to all 'N' Level students in Singapore with the aim to ignite their interest in science through their engagement in fun-filled activities. Each year, the participants will focus on a different theme and tackle different disciplines of science.

Our Secondary Three NA and NT students had the opportunity to take part in the competition in 2012 and 2014;and we are proud of their achievements of 1st Runner-Up in 2012 together with certificates of Participation in 2014.

Achievements

IGNITE Science Challenge (2012)

1st Runner-Up and Certificates of Participation

IGNITE Science Challenge (2014)

Certificates of Participation

IGNITE Science Challenge (2015)

5th placing, Most Popular Group (crowd-voting) and Certificates of Participation


4. International Biomedical Challenge - Olympiad

The science department annually sends a team of Secondary Three and Four Biology students to participate in the International Biomedical Challenge - Olympiad. For 2014, the Olympiad was jointly organised by the ACJC Science and Mathematics Council in collaboration with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.

 We are proud to congratulate our students for attaining the certificate of Merit together with certificates of participation for the year 2014.

Achievements

IBC (2013)

Certificates of Merit and Participation

IBC (2014)

Certificates of Merit and Participation