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FUN LEARNING ACTIVITIES 2019

P3 Building Bricks – Singapore Junior Lego League

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) aims to inspire Singapore youth to get excited about careers in Science and Technology by engaging them in exciting programs.  Twenty-five Primary 3 pupils from Yangzheng were involved in a research project and a presentation based on the theme for the season Mission Moon.  Pupils were tasked to explore and research on how they would thrive on the Moon’s environment.  They also had to use LEGO to build and program a model that moves and thus learning basic engineering and programming concepts.  Our enthusiastic participants showed great interest in learning more about the season’s theme.  They also presented their journey on a poster.

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Winners of Rising stars Award
This team showed an interest in learning more about the fields encompassed by the season's topic and presented with enthusiasm and pride.
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 Winners of Simply Awesome Machine Award
This team incorporated a great use of simple machines into their model design.
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 Winners of On Display Award
This team's thoughtful poster is a great backdrop to their model. It gives a thorough description of what they did this season and what their model is showing.
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 Winners of Explosive Ideas Award
This team used their explosive ideas to design an eye-catching research poster and explosive team model.
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 Winners of Explosive Ideas Award
This team not only used their poster to show what they did during the season but used it as a prop in their presentation to the reviewers.

P6 LEGO Building Blocks in Science

To create a more stimulating and fun-filled lesson, our Primary 6 pupils were provided an opportunity to apply the scientific concept they have learnt using Lego toy car.  Through the building blocks activity, pupils’ problem-solving and organisational skills are enhanced.  It also improves their creativity and enriches their communication and critical thinking skills.  During the lesson, pupils used the toy car that they had constructed to test a Science hypothesis on kinetic energy.

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Constructing the toy car with team-matesChecking the final product

P6 Learning Journey to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Our Primary 6 pupils had a meaningful educational learning journey to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. Pupils explored the vast diversity of biological life and the dynamic interactions between the living things in 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 that they 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. 


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Observing a life-size specimen in the gallery 
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Close-up observations of specimens

 

SCIENCE COMPETITIONS 2019

Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition

Our Primary 5 pupils were entrusted with the task of creating the best flying paper planes.  Our enthusiastic pupils took up the challenge and explored their creativity and innovation by designing and building flying machines. 

True to our school value of Passion for Learning, our young scientists enhanced their knowledge in aerodynamics through research and learned about the theory of flight as they folded and flew paper planes countless times till they achieved their best result. They had much fun challenging one another during the class and inter-class competitions. The best teams then participated in the national SAFMC at the Singapore Science Centre.


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Enthusiastic participants from Yangzheng

Junior Science Whiz Challenge

On 3rd April 2019, six Primary 6 pupils took part in the Junior Science Whiz Challenge at River Valley High School.  The theme of this year’s Challenge is "Science All A-round Us" which highlights the omnipresence of Science and the ubiquity of cycles in Science to deepen pupils’ appreciation of the pivotal role that different cycles play in our lives.  Through this experience, the participants investigated the complex inner-workings of everyday phenomena and were exposed to questions relating to all three Sciences: Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Our two teams emerged 5th and 9th, while one participant was ranked 7th position in the individual category.


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Participants of Junior Science Whiz Challenge

Raffles Science Olympiad

On 26 April 2019, a group of five Primary 5 pupils participated in the Raffles Science Olympiad. The objectives of the Olympiad are to provide an opportunity for bright young pupils to interact with like-minded peers in the learning of Science and to stimulate a sense of wonder towards Science in them.  It also aims to develop positive values, skills and attitudes in Science.  The pupils were tested on their general knowledge in Science as well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils also participated in station activities at the school’s Science Hub. One pupil progressed to the finals of the Raffles Science Olympiad and achieved a silver medal.


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Participants of Raffles Science Olympiad

Raffles Institution Liveable Cities Challenge

On 17 May 2019, three groups of Primary 5 and 6 pupils took part in the inaugural Raffles Institution Liveable Cities Challenge organised by Raffles Institution. The theme of the challenge was “the past, present and future of water”. Pupils designed badges, wrote an essay and completed a series of activity stations related to the theme. One group clinched the 2nd position overall.


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Participants of Raffles Institution Liveable Cities Challenge

PROGRAMMES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS 2019

Learning Fiesta for Parents

Our annual Learning Fiesta cum Parents’ Briefing was held at Yangzheng on 15 February 2019.  Two workshops for parents were organised by the Science department to enable parents to provide more support to their children.    

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Sharing Science Process skill questions at P3/P4 levelsSharing Science Process skill questions at P5/P6 levels

Staff Values-in-Action

On 6 June 2019, teachers from the Science Department visited Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital along with the rest of the staff for our community work.  We bonded with the residents as we engaged them in paper-flower making activity.  The residents enjoyed participating in the activity as well as interacting with the staff.  It was a joyous and warm experience for all of us.

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 Preparing for a heart-warming bonding session
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Sharing how the paper-flower unfolds
 

FUN LEARNING ACTIVITIES 2018

P3 Building Bricks – Singapore Junior Lego League

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) aims to inspire Singapore youth to venture into Science and Technology by engaging them in exciting and innovation programs.  Twenty-five Primary 3 pupils from Yangzheng were involved in a research project and a presentation based on the theme for the season Aqua Adventure.  Pupils were tasked to research on how water moves from its source to the tap in our homes.  They also had to build a robot using LEGO to complete missions on a challenge mat which is also based on the theme for the year.  Our enthusiastic participants showed great interest in learning more about the season’s theme.  They presented their research findings with passion and pride


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P3 participants of Singapore Junior Lego League 2018
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Team presentation for Poster and Model components under Core Values AwardWinners of Rising Stars Award under Core Values Award
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Team presentation for Poster and Model components under Judges Award Winners of Best Foot Forward Award under Judges Award 
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Team presentation for Poster and Model Components under Poster/Research Award  Winners of Best Poster Award under Poster/Research Award
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 Team presentation for Poster and Model components under Poster/Research AwardWinners of Journey Award under Poster/Research Award 
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 Team presentation for Poster and Model components under Poster/Research AwardWinners of Artistic Eye Award under Posted/Research Award 

  

P3 Every Child A Seed

This programme aims to provide each Primary 3 pupil a chance to experience the planting process and understand its challenges. Each pupil learnt to germinate and grow the seeds given in their “growing” kit from NParks. The pupils also learnt about the importance of gardens in our environment and ways we can preserve them.

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Focused on task Working cautiously

P4 Yangzheng Creative Toy-Making Competition

In this annual competition, our Primary 4 pupils were given the task of creating toys using recycled materials.  Their challenge was to ensure that their toy demonstrates at least one scientific concept. Pupils seized this opportunity to let their creativity run and work on bringing their amazing ideas to life. Pupils, whose toys were selected, then displayed them during recess where they explained the Science concepts behind the created toys as well as how to play them.  Through this competition, our pupils get to engage in exploratory and skilful play with the addition of Science learning.  

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Maneuvering a small magnetic ball using another magnet
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  Exploring the games created by peers   
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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.

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MixIng and adding nutrients for optimal growth

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P5 Seed Dispersal Trial

Our Primary 5 pupils are given opportunities to explore nature as they learn about the characteristics of fruits and seeds.  Pupils visit different stations in small groups in the school eco-garden and widen their knowledge beyond the textbook through observations of the different plant parts and fruits.  As pupils experience nature, they increase their knowledge as well as learn to collaborate with their peers.

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Studying the parts of a flower 

P5 Water-Testing Activity

Pollution of the water bodies around the world with plastic products has been on an alarming rise.  In view of this, our school has implemented this yearly activity to raise awareness on the importance of protecting our water bodies from pollution caused by Man’s activities.  Our Primary 5 pupils were involved in a basic water monitoring activity.  Pupils used a simple test kit to test the quality of the water in our eco-garden pond.  Pupils were more aware of how different water conditions affects the survival of aquatic organisms.

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Observing the clarity of water  Group discussion of findings

P5 Microbits

Our Primary 5 pupils were exposed to entry level block programming involving the pocket-sized computer; Microbit. They were given hands-on time to explore the block program and it allowed them to download and transfer instructions onto the microbit. This activity encourages creativity and invention as pupils learn entry level coding skills. This is also in line with MOE’s vision to inculcate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning into the curriculum.

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Intense focus on coding

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  Collaborating with peers 
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Picking up coding skills

P6 LEGO Building Blocks in Science

Our Primary 6 pupils were given an opportunity to build a LEGO toy car in their groups.  During their Science lesson, pupils used the toy car that they had constructed to test a Science hypothesis on kinetic energy.  Through this activity, pupils enhanced their problem-solving and communication skills.  

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Focused on constructing the toy car
Investigating how far the toy car travels

P6 Learning Journey to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Our Primary 6 pupils had an enriching experience on their learning journey to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.  Pupils explored Singapore’s rich biodiversity through a guided gallery tour by experts in the field and hands-on practical using museum specimens.  The activities provided opportunities for pupils to learn more about various plant and animal adaptations. This experiential learning also promotes a better appreciation and understanding of the diverse biological life in Singapore.  Pupils also learned an important lesson that they too have to play a part in protecting our natural environment from pollution and destruction so that different ecosystems can continue to survive on Earth. 

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Feeling the fossils at Dinosaur exhibit
A close-up observation of a specimen
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Observing life-size specimens to learn their unique adaptations for survival Observing the structural adaptations of insect closely


P6 Recycling Carnival

During our annual recycling carnival, our school aimed to raise funds for charity through fun-filled games created by our very own Primary 6 pupils using recyclable materials.  Pupils work in teams and showcase their creativity in planning and producing game items from scratch using cardboards, egg crates, cans and plastic bottles.  During the three days of the recycling carnival, our school hall was bustling with activities and the air was filled with excitement as Yangzhengnites participated in the games and did their part to raise funds for the Singapore Children’s Society and Children’s Cancer Foundation.  As our Primary 6 pupils polished their innovative skills, they also enhanced their entrepreneurial skills.  It was heart-warming to know that pupils not only protected the environment by using recycling materials but also did their part to help the needy.

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Trying his best at aiming rightWaiting anxiously for their tokens
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Throwing coloured balls into holes  Everyone loves carnival games!

Fun Learning @Recess

During certain recesses, our parent volunteers share with pupils scientific principles that go beyond what our pupils have learned in the classrooms.  Pupils exhibit curiosity and eagerness to explore and learn more about how things work around us.   

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Learning through fun and interactive set-ups  
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Curious to know how a simple electric motor works   


ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS 2018

Community in Bloom - Platinum Award

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.

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 Achieving CIB Platinum Award
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Harvesting the crops at the school eco-garden

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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.

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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.


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Achieving Wanda Miss Joaquim Award


SCIENCE COMPETITIONS 2018

THINK Challenge 

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Participants of THINK Challenge

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

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Participants of Junior Science Whiz Challenge

On 28th March, six Primary 6 pupils took part in the Junior Science Whiz Challenge at River Valley High School.  The theme of this year’s Challenge is “It’s a Small World After All”. Pupils delved deeper into the world of the small. The participants learnt how the invisible can make very visible impacts on our everyday lives. Through this experience, the participants investigated the complex inner-workings of everyday phenomena and were exposed to questions relating to all three Sciences; Physics, Biology and Chemistry. One of our 6 participants achieved top 20 for the written round. 

Raffles Science Olympiad

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Participation of Raffles Science Olympiad

On 28 April 2018, a group of five Primary 5 students participated in the Raffles Science Olympiad 2018. The objectives of the Olympiad are to provide an opportunity for bright young pupils to interact with like-minded peers in the learning of Science and to stimulate a sense of wonder towards Science in them.  It also aims to develop positive values, skills and attitudes in Science.  The pupils were tested on their general knowledge in Science as well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils also participated in station activities at the school’s Science Hub.

ACJC Young Whizzes Challenge

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Winners of 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

Learning Fiesta for Parents

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  

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Sharing on Science process skills
Sharing Science answering techniques

Staff Values-in-Action

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.

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 All prepared for a heart-warming bonding session
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 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.


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Sharing an ICT lesson with colleagues

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.


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 P3 participants of Lego Junior League Winners of Best Team Spirit
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 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.


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 Learning that the Ferris wheel works due to gravity Playing a game of soccer using magnets
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 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.


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 P5 pupils trying out their paper aeroplanes
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 Participants of SAFMC 2017


Fun Learning@Recess

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.


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 Using magnets to sort out magnetic materials Testing how light works
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 Learning about static electricity Captivated by the magic of electricity

P3 Every Child a Seed

This programme gives every child an opportunity to grow their own plant.  As pupils went through the challenges of the planting process, they learned to overcome the difficulties and appreciated their efforts when the seeds started to sprout.  Pupils were thrilled to participate in this engaging activity.  Through this programme, the values of responsibility and care for the environment is enhanced.


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Carefully filing up pots with soilPlanting 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.  


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 Visiting a station to observe the characteristics of fruits
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Studying the parts of a flower
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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.


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 Testing the temperature of pond water
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 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. 


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 Sharing on biodiversity in Singapore at LKCNHM
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 Studying the adaptations of organisms Completing task assigned based on observations


Recycling Carnival

As part of their post-exam activities, our Primary 6 pupils worked on creating games using recyclable materials such as cardboards, egg crates, cans and plastic bottles.  During the three days of the recycling carnival, there were long queues in the hall as fellow Yangzhengnites waited patiently for their turns as they edged closer to the game booths.  Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves as they participated in the games and did their part to raise funds for the Singapore Children’s Society and Children’s Cancer Foundation.  Through this meaning activity, not only were our Primary 6 pupils able to enhance their entrepreneurial skills, they also did their parts to protect the environment by recycling materials.

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 Promoting their game booths Testing their shooting skills
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 Trying their hands at a bowling game Mending booths to raise fun for charity
   

Building Blocks in Science

A hands-on lesson for the pupils to explore scientific concepts using LEGO was carried out for our Primary 6 pupils. Pupils were encouraged to communicate their findings after analysing and interpreting data from their LEGO Toy car experiment. In groups, pupils had to come together to decide on the Science hypothesis that they want to test out. They had to plan and carry out investigations, discuss and organise their discussion where they eventually can make conclusions based on their findings.  Pupils had an opportunity to work as a team to build LEGO toy cars and hone their Science process skills during investigation.

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 Testing if the LEGO car works
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 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.


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 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.



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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.



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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.


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 Learning to use recycling materials to cut down waste Growing new plants to protect our environment