FUN LEARNING ACTIVITIES 2018
P3 Building Bricks – Singapore Junior Lego League
P3 participants of Singapore Junior Lego League 2018
|Team presentation for Poster and Model components under Core Values Award||Winners of Rising Stars Award under Core Values Award|
|Team presentation for Poster and Model components under Judges Award||Winners of Best Foot Forward Award under Judges Award|
|Team presentation for Poster and Model Components under Poster/Research Award||Winners of Best Poster Award under Poster/Research Award|
|Team presentation for Poster and Model components under Poster/Research Award||Winners of Journey Award under Poster/Research Award|
|Team presentation for Poster and Model components under Poster/Research Award||Winners of Artistic Eye Award under Posted/Research Award|
P3 Every Child A Seed
|Focused on task||Working cautiously|
P4 Yangzheng Creative Toy-Making Competition
|Maneuvering a small magnetic ball using another magnet|
Exploring the games created by peers
|Sharing how a magnetic ball game works|
P4 Indoor Farming
Our Primary 4 pupils learnt about the possibilities of growing their own crops in land scarce Singapore. Pupils had first-hand experience in becoming farmers where they germinate seeds, grow and harvest their lettuce using the indoor hydroponics sets that were placed outside the classrooms. Through this activity, we also hope that our pupils understand and appreciate the tireless efforts farmers put in to bring food to our dining tables. Hopefully, this helps pupils to reduce food wastage.
MixIng and adding nutrients for optimal growth
Harvesting the lettuce after about a month
P5 Seed Dispersal Trial
Studying the parts of a flower
P5 Water-Testing Activity
|Observing the clarity of water||Group discussion of findings|
Intense focus on coding
Collaborating with peers
Picking up coding skills
P6 LEGO Building Blocks in Science
|Focused on constructing the toy car||Investigating how far the toy car travels|
P6 Learning Journey to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
|Feeling the fossils at Dinosaur exhibit
||A close-up observation of a specimen
|Observing life-size specimens to learn their unique adaptations for survival||Observing the structural adaptations of insect closely|
P6 Recycling Carnival
|Trying his best at aiming right||Waiting anxiously for their tokens|
|Throwing coloured balls into holes||Everyone loves carnival games!|
Fun Learning @Recess
|Learning through fun and interactive set-ups|
|Curious to know how a simple electric motor works |
ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS 2018
Presented at the Singapore Garden Festival, the biennial Community in Bloom (CIB) Awards recognise and reward gardening efforts of our local gardening groups. The awards aim to motivate and encourage community gardeners to improve the standards of their gardens, and to continue to enjoy gardening as a fun and healthy activity. Through such efforts, the awards hope to promote a love for gardening to others in the community. Our school has achieved the Platinum award for its CIB efforts this year.
Achieving CIB Platinum Award
Harvesting the crops at the school eco-garden
Celebrating our bumper crop
Green Schools @South East 2018 – Excellence Award
The Green Schools @South East Award aims to recognise and honour schools in the South East District for their contributions and efforts in reaching out to their students and/or the community on environmental issues. This year Yangzheng Primary School has achieved the Excellence Award for our efforts in building a clean and green community. We have also attained the Certificate of Merit for sustaining the Excellence Award for three consecutive years.
Achieving Excellence Award
SEC-StarHubSchool GreenAwards (SGA) - Vanda Miss Joaquim Award
It is a self-audited voluntary environmental programme which serves as a platform for pupils to develop and showcase their environmental efforts as well as their understanding of the environment. Our school has achieved the highest award of Vanda Miss Joaquim.
Achieving Wanda Miss Joaquim Award
SCIENCE COMPETITIONS 2018
On 26th May, two groups of pupils from Primary 5 and 6 participated in the THINK CHALLENGE organised by the Temasek Junior College. Our pupils were exposed to the pedagogical approach pioneered by TJC that infuses problem-based learning and scientific inquiry with a focus on collaboration with their peers. Pupils who were posed with an authentic Science problem from any of the three disciplines (Physics, Biology and Chemistry) presented their solution to the problem given. Pupils were able to use the scientific knowledge that they have learnt through the Olympiad sessions conducted by the school and apply them during their presentation.
Junior Science Whiz Challenge
Participants of Junior Science Whiz Challenge
Raffles Science Olympiad
Participation of Raffles Science Olympiad
ACJC Young Whizzes Challenge
A group of Primary 5 pupils took part in the young whizzes challenge conducted by the Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) Science and Mathematics Council. The pupils were encouraged to explore Science with a different perspective and at a higher level beyond the classroom. The competition consisted of experimental data analysis as well as experimental theory that put these talents to the test. Our pupils clinched 4 gold awards and 1 silver award for this competition.
PROGRAMMES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS 2018
On 8th February, our annual Learning Fiesta cum Parents’ Briefing was held at Yangzheng. Two workshops for parents was organised by the Science department on Acquiring Science Process Skills at P3 and P4 Levels and Answering Science Process Skill Questions at P5 and P6 levels.
Both sharing aims to enable parents to provide more support to their children in preparing for Holistic Assessments in Primary 3 and 4 as well as for PSLE at the end of Primary 6
|Sharing on Science process skills||Sharing Science answering techniques|
On 31st May 2018, teachers from the Science Department visited Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital along with the rest of the staff for our community work. We interacted with the residents and engaged them in paper-flower making activity. The staff of Yangzheng had a meaningful and enriching experience with the elderly. The smiles on their faces were heart-warming.
|Having a warm conversation and bonding during the session|
Staff Learning Fiesta
As part of our Professional Learning Circle, this year teachers in the Science department focused on incorporating ICT into the teaching of Science. Teachers worked on using dataloggers and light sensors as a platform to encourage self-directed learning as well as collaboration amongst peers in the teaching of light. The lesson was interactive and fun as pupils took charge of their own learning and understanding of concepts. Pupils were motivated to explore the dataloggers in their teams. Science teachers shared this meaningful practice with our fellow colleagues on 14th November. It was an enriching learning experience.
FUN LEARNING ACTIVITIES 2017
P3 Building Bricks - Junior Lego League
Our Primary 3 pupils created animals using Lego bricks to showcase what they have learned under the topic of Diversity of Animals. Five teams were selected to represent the school in the First JLL competition held at Marina Bay Sands. Our pupils showcased the animal that they have created and made use of basic programming to move a part of the animal. One team emerged as first runner up while another team was awarded the best team spirit.
|P3 participants of Lego Junior League||Winners of Best Team Spirit|
|First Runners Up posing with Dr Yaacob Ibrahim|
P4 YZPS Creative Toy-Making Competition
Our Primary 4 pupils were entrusted with the challenging task of creating toys from recycled materials. Pupils made use of the scientific concepts of the characteristics of materials to craft their toys from scratch. Selected toys were displayed during recess and our P3 and P4 pupils had the enriching opportunity to learn from their peers. Some of the toys were also submitted to the Science Centre for the Sony Creative Toy Competition.
|Learning that the Ferris wheel works due to gravity||Playing a game of soccer using magnets|
|Exploring the games created by peers||Sharing how a magnetic ball game works|
P5 YZPS Amazing Flying Machine Competition
Our Primary 5 pupils learned about air-resistance, speed and gravity and applied these concepts into creating paper planes that flew the furthest distance or stayed afloat for the longest time. Pupils worked enthusiastically in small groups to fold and test their planes. Five teams were selected to represent the school in the Amazing Flying Machine Competition organised by the Science Centre.
|P5 pupils trying out their paper aeroplanes|
|Participants of SAFMC 2017|
During selected recesses, our parent volunteers have been sharing their vast knowledge in scientific principles with pupils by engaging them in hands-on activities. Each activity focuses on different Science concepts on light, air-resistance and electricity. Through these interactive activities, pupils’ interest in Science is enhanced. This boosts their curiosity and encourages them to find out more about how things work around us.
|Using magnets to sort out magnetic materials||Testing how light works|
|Learning about static electricity||Captivated by the magic of electricity|
P3 Every Child a Seed
|Carefully filing up pots with soil||Planting a seed in each pot|
P5 Seed Dispersal Trail
In order to sustain our pupils’ natural curiosity to explore our environment, we involved our Primary 5 pupils in a seed dispersal trail. Armed with an iPad, pupils visited different stations in small groups to explore the characteristics of fruits and seeds at the school eco-garden. Based on their observations, they predicted the plants’ most effective method of seed dispersal. The activity encourages pupils to be self-directed learners and allows them to learn outside the classroom. Pupils were excited to work together with their peers and learn from each other.
|Visiting a station to observe the characteristics of fruits|
Studying the parts of a flower
|P5 pupils moving around the eco-garden on a trail|
P5 Water-Testing Activity
In order to raise awareness and involve our pupils in protecting water resources, our Primary 5 pupils were involved in a basic water monitoring activity. Pupils had the opportunity to test the quality of the water in our eco-garden pond. A simple test kit was used to sample the water in our pond for a set of water quality parameters including temperature, acidity (PH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). After the test, pupils discussed how the different parameters affect the suitability of our pond water to sustain aquatic organisms. Pupils learned the importance of protecting our water bodies and were more aware of how the different conditions of the water affects the aquatic organisms living in the water. This activity also reinforced the effect of Man’s activities on the survival of aquatic ecosystem and the need to protect our water resources to sustain life on Earth.
|Testing the temperature of pond water|
|Group discussion on findings||Investigating the clarity of pond water|
Learning Journey to Lee Chian Natural History Museum
Our Primary 6 pupils had a meaningful learning journey to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. Pupils were guided by experts in the field about the vast diversity of biological life and the dynamic interactions between the living things in the various habitats. They were also exposed to the rich natural history and heritage in Singapore. They were given the opportunity to view the museum specimens through laboratory lessons and apply their observation skills to infer the different behavioural adaptations of each specimen.At the end of the learning journey, pupils learned a valuable lesson that they too have to play a part in protecting our natural environment so that different ecosystems can continue to survive on Earth. They also have a better appreciation for the need of conservation in our Little Red Dot.
|Sharing on biodiversity in Singapore at LKCNHM|
|Studying the adaptations of organisms||Completing task assigned based on observations|
|Promoting their game booths||Testing their shooting skills|
|Trying their hands at a bowling game||Mending booths to raise fun for charity|
Building Blocks in Science
|Testing if the LEGO car works|
|Working as a team to fix the parts together||Focused on building LEGO cars|
PROGRAMMES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS 2017
Learning Fiesta for Parents
On 9th February, our annual Learning Fiesta cum Parents’ Briefing was held at Yangzheng. Two workshops for parents was organised by the Science department on Acquiring Science Process Skills at P3 & P4 Levels and Answering Science Process Skill Questions at P5 & P6 levels.
Parents of Primary 3 and 4 pupils learned what the targeted process skills that are related to the primary school Science Lower Block syllabus are and how they could support their children in their preparation for Holistic Assessments. On the other hand, techniques in answering Science multiple-choice (MCQ) and open-ended questions (OEQ) were shared with parents of Primary 5 and 6 pupils to assist them to provide greater support to their children in their preparation for PSLE.
|Sharing on Science process skills||Sharing Science answering techniques|
Staff Learning Fiesta
As part of our Professional Learning Circle, this year teachers in the Science department focused on incorporating ICT into the teaching of Science. Teachers worked on using online educational games as a platform to encourage self-directed learning in the teaching of the digestive system. The lessons were indeed fun and exciting for the pupils. They were more engaged and motivated to complete the tasks assigned and were able to take charge of their own learning. Science teachers shared this meaningful practice with our fellow colleagues on 15th November. It was an enriching learning experience.
Sharing an ICT lesson with colleagues
ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS 2017
School Green Awards Lotus Sustained Achievement Award
Every year schools that showcase an innovative environmental project and participate in an external activity that promotes Singapore’s sustainability receive the Lotus Award.
This year Yangzheng Primary School was presented the Sustained Lotus Award on our third consecutive Lotus Award. This is in recognition of our tireless efforts in promoting activities that encourages pupils to protect our environment through creative and innovation projects.
Green Schools @South East Award - Excellence Award
The Green Schools @South East programme was launched in July 2010 and is part of the South East Green Plan to encourage schools to carry out projects to protect and sustain the environment.
The Green Schools @South East Award aims to recognise and honour schools in the South East District for their contributions and efforts in reaching out to their students and/or the community on environmental issues.
This year Yangzheng Primary School has achieved the Excellence Award for our efforts in carrying out activities that helps to create a positive impact on our environment.
|Learning to use recycling materials to cut down waste||Growing new plants to protect our environment|