Physics (IP Years 3-4)
Our curriculum focuses on conceptual understanding of the physics laws, theories and principles that govern the physical world around us, spiralling from IP1 & IP2 Green Science learning to IP3 & IP4 Physics and then to JC Physics, covering the sections on Mechanics, Waves, Thermal Physics, Electricity and Magnetism. Students will be exposed to critical thinking, investigative and problem-solving skills that can be transferable beyond the subject.
By adopting our in-house THINK© Cycle pedagogy, we provide students with opportunities for self-directed and collaborative learning, while developing critical thinking and evaluation skills through analysis of real life problems. The THINK© Cycle approach places an emphasis on students’ ability to communicate the theoretical concepts effectively. Starting with concepts related to motion and forces in IP3, students will be utilising ICT tools such as video analysis software and dataloggers to study real world problems. Students will be introduced to a variety of intriguing physical phenomena as triggers for various topics. From the Physics projects in IP3 and IP4, students will learn many skills ranging from observation and organisation skills (logbook), research skills, collaborative skills, presentation skills (such as powerpoint slides presentation, poster presentation), experimental skills (building artefacts). Students will explore and learn something new (topics that are not taught by teachers yet) and they use their imagination to innovate and explore refreshing approaches in inquiring, experimenting and problem-solving. The project platforms provide students the opportunities to experience productive failure. These help to build the courageous and growth mindset in our students as teachers facilitate and encourage our students to ‘dare to explore, dare to challenge, dare to insist, dare to keep pushing, dare to have the determination’ to succeed despite numerous failures in their Physics projects. Students are also given time and space for reflective learning.
Motivation in exploring and learning. Through these experiences, students will realise that the joy of learning is not always necessary to be smooth-sailing; the happiness in overcoming difficulties as one learns is even more engaging and enriching! The inquiry approach to the learning of science will definitely instill a life-long interest in the subject.
Students can participate in a variety of camps, workshops, seminars and competitions organised by the local universities, research institutes and other educational institutions. Selected students will be given the opportunity to attend training in preparation for competitions such as the Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad.