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A Community of Science Inquirers
Keming Primary adopts an inquiry-based approach to learning science. This investigative approach to learning requires students to investigate a problem, search for possible solutions, make observations, ask questions, test out ideas, and think critically to make a final decision.
Inquiry-based learning allows students to explore, develop explanations for the phenomena under investigation, elaborate on concepts and processes, and evaluate their understanding in light of available evidence. Scientific knowledge, scientific inquiry and scientific skills are emphasised in classroom teaching to achieve the 21st century competencies as desired outcomes in our curriculum.
Every Child A Seed
National Environment Agency provides each Primary 3 student with a pot of soil with different types of seeds, mainly roselle, kangkong and sunflower. The students grow these seeds under the guidance of their Science teachers. Through this activity, the students learn about the basic needs of plants and how to care for plants. They also observe and study the life cycle of these plants. Students are proud that their seeds manage to germinate and blossom under their care.
Service Learning at River Safari for Science Monitors
Primary 4 Science Monitors are trained by Zoo Educators at the River Safari. Thereafter, they are given the opportunity to transfer their learning to others.
In the programme, each Primary 4 Science Monitor partners two to three Primary 3 students and explains to them how the organisms in the River Safari survive and how we could take better care of them to prevent extinction. These students practice leadership skills and how to communicate their learning to others.
Partnership with Bukit View Secondary School
Primary 6 students take a trip to Bukit View Secondary School and are given a guided tour on an Environmental Trail. Students of Bukit View Secondary School teach our Kemingnites on the positive and negative impact that Man has made on the environment. The students of Bukit View Secondary then lead an active discussion with Kemingnites on the practical things they can do to make the world a better place using the different methods to conserve Earth’s resources.
Hosting Foreign Visitors
Our Primary 5 students play good hosts to our foreign visitors. Our visitors are brought on a short trail around the garden to get to know our local plants and their adaptive features. Learning is enhanced with the use of several applications in tablets to enrich the visitor’s understanding of plants.
The Eco Garden has been created to enable students to have a good experience in understanding the different types of garden plants and how these plants could grow and adapt to live in the ecosystem.
Students learn about the plants and plant parts that are found around the school compound. They follow the trail mapped out on tablets and make use of several apps to make scientific observations about the flora in the garden. Through this engaging activity, students learn the value of harmony as they work in groups to complete the various tasks assigned to them.
Students gain relevant knowledge and skills and make sense of the new experience with their peers.
I.N.S.P.I.R.E. The Scientist in Me
(INquiry Science Projects Involving Research and Experiments)
STEM Education is incorporated in Project Work that is carried out from Primary 3 to Primary 5. While Project Work engages students in understanding the science concepts, it also teaches them skills that can be used in the future aside from immediately applying them to the relevant aspects of their lives. Students will learn how to use scientific process skills such as controlling variables, interpreting data, planning and designing investigations for problem solving. Students use the Engineering Design Process thinking routine to think through the gathering of data and using the data to help them create a prototype that will solve their problem. At the same time, students are also introduced to Microbit, which they can use to integrate into their prototypes.
Project Work (P3)
Primary 3 students apply what they have learnt about the diversity of materials into their Project Work. Students have to work in groups to create a boat that could hold a 50g weight and be kept afloat on water. Students have to make a careful selection of the materials required to create the boat during Science lessons. They complete the project within a month before presenting their finished products to the class. During the presentation, they explain their choice of materials and how these materials and design of the boat allow it to stay afloat in times of natural disasters.
Project Work (P4)
Primary 4 students plant and harvest ‘bayam’ plants using the hydroponics method. This is part of their project work to experience an alternative method compared to traditional farming. The hydroponics method could be a possible solution to a land-scarce country like Singapore to grow its own food. Students experiment on different nutrient solutions to decide on the best solution for plants to grow healthily. Students also have the opportunity to experiment with different types of lighting to enhance the growth of a plant. They have the experience of growing the plants in their classroom using the Grow Box.
Project Work (P5)
Primary 5 students are involved in the Marine Conservation Project Work. They are led on a learning journey to S.E.A. Aquarium to observe the behaviour of marine animals and learn about Man’s activities that can cause them to become endangered. Upon their return, students will convey a marine conservation message through posters, poems and stories. The students will also collaborate to create a water filtration system using different types of materials to turn polluted water to clean water.
(Inspiring Growth N Inquiry Through Exploration)
I.G.N.I.T.E. lessons allow students to put their science concepts learnt into practice. Students get to build and create parachutes, towers and wind-powered cars and through trials and modifications, come up with the best model for their final presentation.
In order to design the best parachute that can stay in the air for the longest time, the Primary 3 students need to find out which type of materials will be best for the canopy and how wind and other factors can affect the time the parachute can stay afloat.
Primary 4 students take on the challenge of building the tallest tower using newspapers. They need to know how to fold the newspapers to ensure the sturdiness of the tower, so the tower is well-supported at the base and will not collapse.
Primary 5 students create a wind-powered car using recycled cardboard materials. They can remodel the car after fixing the parts to test on the furthest distance that the car can move after their modifications.
(Developing Inquirers of ScienCe, InnOVators of Experimental Research in Keming Primary School)
D.I.S.C.O.V.E.R. programme provides an opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding of how Science and Technology can shape their intellectual and cultural environment. Students are equipped with skills to be reflective, ethical citizens and critical thinkers while engaging in environment-related issues.
This programme provides an authentic learning experience which focusses on the impact of pollution in our natural environment. Under the guidance of experts, two scientists from A*STAR will mentor the Primary 5 students to study about the environmental issues that Singapore faces.
Students acted as guides to parents and visitors during LOVE@Keming Family Day. These student facilitators researched on the adaptive features of the plants in the green spaces of the school and introduced them to the guests. Through interactive engagement with the public, these students learnt how to present research information confidently, thus fulfilling the school mission of Connecting Hearts, Engaging Minds.
Zoo Comes to School (2019)
Primary 3 students had a chance to see how animals are being ill-treated while exported through illegal trading when the Zoo Educators brought these animals to school. Many of these animals usually die along the way before they reach their destinations as the animals are not suited to travel harsh and long distances. This exhibit showed students how to protect animals from harm and to ensure that animals are treated with humanity.