The Lower Secondary Science syllabus is a continuation and further development of the Primary Science syllabus. It is also a bridge to, and a foundation for, the pursuit of scientific studies at upper secondary levels, where students get to choose which branch of Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) they would like to pursue at the end of Secondary 2.
The curriculum aims to develop students who will become confident and competent in Science through engaging and exciting Science programmes. The four-year secondary science curriculum involves:
- Acquisition of knowledge through inquiry-based approach classroom activities, enrichment programmes and workshops;
- Application of knowledge through science projects;
- Developing skills and abilities through lab work and hands-on activities;
- Experiential learning through science field trips.
The modes of assessment include:
- continual assessment (theory, practical tests and project work);
- semestral assessment (mid-year exam and end-of-year exam).
To enjoy science, pupils are encouraged to:
- be observant and inquisitive,
- be inventive,
- be creative,
- be curious,
- have an awareness of safety and
- have an awareness of natural phenomena and science-related social issues.
GeMS - APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAMME IN SCIENCE (ALPS)
Apart from the core curriculum mentioned above, all students will have the opportunity to participate in, and be enriched through our applied learning programme in Science (also known as GeMS- ALPS).
The Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) Applied Learning Programme in Science (GeMS – ALPS) is a three-year progressive applied learning programme designed for Sec 1 to 3 students to learn about Environmental Science and Sustainable Living at GMS(S). We adopt a 2-tier blended approach to the GeMs-ALPS:
- The tier-1 programme is infused into the lower secondary science curriculum which is delivered to all lower secondary students; and
- The optional tier-2 programme is for interested Sec 3 science students who wish to pursue the ALPS further.
What Students Learn
GeMs-ALPS tier-1 programme exposes students to basic science principles and the use of instrumentation as they embark on fieldwork and engage in a mini-project on Urban Heat Island (UHI) in Sec 1 and Urban Agriculture in Sec 2. At Sec 3 (tier-2 programme), we partner DHI Singapore Pte. Ltd. and other industry partners to provide selected students with the opportunity to work on a project related to Energy Efficient. Through the partnership, students will be given avenues to transfer their knowledge and skills acquired over various science topics and apply it to authentic problems and tasks, such as designing an Eco-friendly school building that is Energy Efficient, Water Efficient and Waste Efficient
What the ALPS Aims to Do
- Provide opportunities for students to apply science and engineering concepts and to encourage students to develop independent thinking, scientific curiosity and scientific inquiry through project-based learning which incorporates 21 CC.
- Promote interest in STEM subjects through inquiry-based experimentation under a Structured Experimentation Programme which invites students to explore an idea, pose a question and to subsequently solve a problem, or to test a hypothesis, allowing students to extend their learning beyond the walls of a classroom.
Our students with industry partners at the completion of the GeMS Garden on 21 Sep 2017
For more information, do refer to the following links:
- Science (Lower Secondary - Express / Normal Academic) Syllabus
- Science (Lower and Upper Secondary Normal (Technical)) Syllabus
- 'O' level Physics (SPA)
- 'O' level Chemistry (SPA)
- 'O' level Biology (SPA)
- 'O' level Science (Physics, Chemistry)
- 'O' level Science (Chemistry, Biology)
- 'N(A)' level Science (Physics, Chemistry)
- 'N(A)' level Science (Chemistry, Biology)
- 'N(T) level Science Syllabus T