Science education in Singapore is designed to prepare our students to be sufficiently adept as effective citizens, be able to function in and contribute to an increasingly technologically-driven society. Central to the Science curriculum is the planned inculcation of the spirit of scientific inquiry. The conduct of inquiry is founded on three integral domains of Knowledge, Understanding and Application, (b) Skills and Processes and (c) Ethics and Attitudes. These domains are essential to the practice of science. The curriculum design seeks to enable students to view the pursuit of science as meaningful and useful. Inquiry is thus grounded in knowledge, issues and questions that relate to the roles played by science in daily life, society and the environment.
The science curriculum seeks to nurture the student as an inquirer. The starting point is that children are curious about and want to explore the things around them. The science curriculum leverages on and seeks to fuel this spirit of curiosity. The end goal is students who enjoy science and value science as an important tool in helping them explore their natural and physical world. The teacher facilitates the learning by creating a learning environment that will encourage and challenge students to develop their sense of inquiry.
(MOE, CPDD Sciences)